Mojito Jerk Chicken Recipe

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Categories: American, BBQ, Caribbbean, Chicken, Main Dish, Poultry

Submitted By: Mabel from Chicago.

Mojito Jerk Chicken Notes

We've all heard of Tequila Lime Chicken. I wanted a variation with the jerk chicken and decided to try it with rum and jerk seasoning. It has a nice kick to it, depending on how spicy the jerk seasoning is, and the marinade helps to keep the chicken moist. This is great for the grill.

  • 4 chicken breast or thighs, skin on
  • 2-3 tablespoons Jamaican Jerk seasoning
  • 1 ounce light Jamaican rum
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • sprig mint leaves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Serves / Yields


Preparation Instructions

Combine all marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag and mix thoroughly. Add the chicken and coat thoroughly. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours, ensuring the chicken is coated at all times. The longer the chicken marinates, the more intense the flavor will be. The alcohol and lime juice should "preserve" the chicken.

When ready to grill, remove from bag and pat dry. Let the chicken return to room temperature (about 10 minutes) while the grill is heating. Grill skin side down for about 5 minutes, then turn over, lower the heat, and grill until done.

Helpful Hints

You can use 1/4 cup store-bought mojito instead of mixing your own rum, lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar. There is no guarantee that it will contain Jamaican rum, but any bottled mojito that uses light rum will work.

The chicken will caramelize due to the sugar.

Quick Shopping List

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
In a glass jar
In a 1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 2.75 oz.

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Greg S. Said:

We made this recipe with both chicken and shrimp on the grill...sliced the chicken and served over rice. We've added this one to our list of favorites.

Make it Again? Greg S. would make this recipe again.

Lisa H. Said:

Used this marinade for pork tenderloin (but tripled the recipe for two tenderloins). Continued to baste the pork with the leftover marinade as it cooked. It was delicious.

Make it Again? Lisa H. would make this recipe again.

William Z. Said:

Really good caramelizing works well on skinless thighs too. Nice with a little mint as a garnish.

Make it Again? William Z. would make this recipe again.