Jerk Chicken, one of the favourite dishes of our customers in Jamaica

date_range 8 April, 2016 label , , , , , question_answer 10 Comments

Today we’re going to tell you how we make authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken at RIU thanks to Alsheare Dixon, the head chef at the Hotel Riu Montego Bay on this Caribbean island. If you still haven’t tried this delicious typical Jamaican recipe, now’s your chance to make in your own kitchen. Our customers are fascinated by this delicacy.

Jamaican Chef Alsheare Dixon


The first thing you need to do is buy all the ingredients on this list. This recipe is for 1 kg of chicken:

  • 1 kg of chicken breasts, legs and wings.
  • A half teaspoon each of the following spices: ground Jamaican pepper, garlic powder, and ground black pepper.
  • A quarter teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper.
  • One teaspoon each of brown sugar and salt.
  • A small piece of fresh ginger (the size of a walnut).
  • Two teaspoons each of thyme and soy sauce.
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic.
  • One chile.
  • One onion, chopped.
  • 3 teaspoons of white vinegar.

Let’s get started preparing this delicacy! Wash the chile, cut off the top, remove the seeds, and put it in a food processor. Add all the ingredients except the chicken to the food processor and blend for 20 seconds until you have a homogeneous paste.
Rinse the chicken pieces and place them in a large bowl. Next, pour the marinade over the chicken and move it around until each piece is completely covered. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator to marinate for at least five hours.
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator, leave for another hour at room temperature and, then, broil it in the oven at 160 °C, although ideally you should barbecue it. Don’t forget to put a tray under the broiler rack for the grease to drain onto.
Slow-cook the chicken on the grill, basting it frequently with the marinade to make it come out tender and with a very spicy and crispy skin. Turn the chicken when it is golden brown. Each time you do, cover it with a thick layer of the marinade.
And that’s it! Put it on a platter and serve hot. You can serve it with aromatic rice or vegetables. It’s delicious, your guests are sure to love it!

Jerk Chicken



  • Peggy Warren

    I just got back from the Riu Montego Bay, and Chop Chop the cook at the Jerk hut gave me a recipe for the two sauces he had one was sweet and one was hot, but i lost it, is there anyway to get the recipe so i can make some at home?

  • BAT-S

    My favorite Tiramisu (ever) was served at the Italian Restaurant at the Riu in Jamaica. I believe the alcohol used was rum, but the flavors were off of the food scale! I still crave it almost 10 years later.

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi BAT-S!

      Many thanks for your comment and for your kind words regarding our tiramisu served at our Italian Restaurant 🙂 See you soon!

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Ro

    I went to riu Ocho Rios in 2016 and have been searching for the sweet and hot sauce recipe from the beach hut ever since!!! Has anyone got it? Riu? It is amazing.


    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Ro!

      Sorry, but we don’t have this recipe here…good luck with your search! 🙂

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Howard

    I’ve been to Riu Ocho Ríos and Riu Republica, both have jerk huts. How about a jerk hut a Riu Bambu?

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