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Simple Caribbean Jerk Chicken


  • 1envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 2tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2tablespoons oil
  • 2tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1teaspoon thyme
  • 1⁄2teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 1⁄2lbs chicken pieces


  • Mix all ingredients except chicken in bowl.
  • Pour over chicken.
  • Cover and marinate 1 hour or over night in fridge.
  • GRILL it!
  • Enjoy!


  • Honeym

    Next time I will leave out the cinnamon cuz it gave the chicken a funky taste, but other than that it would have been good.

  • Sohkraites

    This is a HUGE hit around the household. Can guarantee everyone will be at the table for this one! We use boneless chicken breasts marinated in this overnight… and then combine it with a cucumber dipping sauce. YUMMY!!!

  • Donna in Michigan

    You’re so right, this was so simple and so so yummy. I used boneless chicken breast tenders. I loved the hint of the cinnamon flavor. This is a recipe I will make again and again. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  • Chef Mom 007

    Excellent recipe!!! I used chicken tenders for the sake of shaving off marinating time (1-1/2 to 2 hrs.), and they turned out beautifully. Served them to my 8 & 4 yr. olds, as well as the neighbors’ family, and received rave reviewes. Chicken was pared with a simple romaine salad (cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots & radish), tossed with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. Today, I thinly sliced the chicken left-overs (originally made 2 batches – all but 3 pieces were left), and served them on top of salad for lunch. Will try with pork chops next, w/ grilled pineapple slices. Thanks for sharing this quick, flavorful, and most excellent recipe! In the box of family favorites 🙂

  • 900757

    One of my favorites. I have made it many times and sometimes I make it exactly as the recipe sometimes I am more casual on measuring. They turned out to be perfect everytime.

  • Garden Addict

    Hands down- this is the BEST chicken marinade for the grill EVER!! The one adaptation which has been huely popular in our house is the fact that I strip the skin off the chicken prior to grilling. The chicken grills so well with the marinade that it becomes the “new skin” on the chicken and is a lot healthier for my family to eat!! Thanks for posting

  • Wyze Sky

    Very tasty dish and very simple to make, which makes it perfect for adding some variety to a quick workday dinner.
    Some reviews here note that this is not “jerk” and some think the cinnamon too strong. For my family, we are not jerk snops and the cinnamon makes it taste tropical, so we just love it.
    Will certainly look for a true jerk recipe, but will be using this one again at home and for entertaining.
    Thank you!

  • Disseminatedfm

    It is not much work to get some ground allspice to substitute for the salad dressing. The foundation of jerk is allspice and scotch bonnet peppers of which this recipe has neither. I’m sure the recipe is tasty as per the reviews but it really is inaccurate to call it jerk, sorry, don’t mean to be a…jerk.

  • jdrogers4_8534933

    Cooked this last weekend. Used bonless skinless thighs. Everyone loved it. My hubby loved it so much he asked me to make it this Labor day weekend.

    I did double the recipe and I frooze it in the marinade.

  • SweetySJD

    This is DELICIOUS! I used 2 tablespoons of Italian Dressing Seasoning Dry Mix and chicken breast tenders. I marinated for about an hour, and then poured all the chicken and marinade into a skillet and cooked over medium-high heat until they were cooked through and most of the liquid was evaporated. They were so tasty and incredibly moist! Thanks!