Yields Serves 4 to 6 Active Time 1 hr Total (including marinating) Time 5 hrs Total Time 6 hrs
AuthorShani Jones-Taye and Victoria Jones

"In Jamaica, they don't have mild, medium, and hot. It's just hot," says Shani Jones, co-owner of Peaches Patties in San Francisco. This version of jerk chicken, created by Shani and her mom, Victoria Jones, is medium-hot, and the longer you marinate it, the spicier and more flavorful it becomes. For blazing, use 5 habaneros and marinate it 24 hours.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a food processor, whirl yellow and green onions, garlic, lime juice, vinegar, chiles, allspice, thyme, pepper, salt, and nutmeg into a paste. With motor running, add soy sauce and oil. Put chicken in a deep bowl, add marinade, and turn to coat. Chill, covered, turning occasionally, at least 4 hours or until next day.

Step 2
2

About 30 minutes before cooking, remove chicken from refrigerator. Heat a charcoal, gas, or stove-top grill to medium (about 375°). Lift chicken from marinade and grill, turning every 5 minutes, until well browned and cooked through, about 35 minutes (20 to 35 for individual pieces). Serve with lime wedges.

Ingredients

 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
 3 green onions, chopped
 3 garlic cloves
 2 tablespoons lime juice
 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
 3 Scotch bonnet or habanero chiles, coarsely chopped (wear gloves to protect hands)
 4 teaspoons ground allspice
 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
 1 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper
 1 teaspoon kosher salt
 1 teaspoon nutmeg
 1/2 cup soy sauce
 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
 1 chicken (about 4 lbs.), quartered and rinsed; or use chicken pieces
  Lime wedges

Directions

Step 1
1

In a food processor, whirl yellow and green onions, garlic, lime juice, vinegar, chiles, allspice, thyme, pepper, salt, and nutmeg into a paste. With motor running, add soy sauce and oil. Put chicken in a deep bowl, add marinade, and turn to coat. Chill, covered, turning occasionally, at least 4 hours or until next day.

Step 2
2

About 30 minutes before cooking, remove chicken from refrigerator. Heat a charcoal, gas, or stove-top grill to medium (about 375°). Lift chicken from marinade and grill, turning every 5 minutes, until well browned and cooked through, about 35 minutes (20 to 35 for individual pieces). Serve with lime wedges.

Peaches’ Jerk Chicken