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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

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Updated October 31, 2007

Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy heart this marinated and baked chicken is sure to please your taste buds. Are you looking for a different type of recipe to spice up your diet? Then try this delicious chicken, seasoned to perfection with spices and peppers that will change your mind about low-fat, heart-healthy eating.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes


  • ½ tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1 ½ tsp allspice, ground
  • 1 ½ tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 Tbsp hot pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp hot pepper, dried, crushed
  • 2 tsp oregano, crushed
  • 2 tsp thyme, crushed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup onion, pureed or finely chopped
  • ¼ C vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 8 pieces chicken, skinless (4 breasts, 4 drumsticks)


  1. Mix all ingredients, except chicken, in a large bowl.
  2. Rub seasoning mixture over chicken pieces and marinate in refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 ºF
  4. Space chicken evenly on nonstick or lightly greased baking pan. Nonstick baking spray may be used, if desired.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Remove foil and bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is tender and easy to pull away from bones with a fork.

Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: ½ breast or 2 small drumsticks
Calories: 199 per serving
Total fat: 4 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 81 mg Sodium: 267 mg
Total fiber: 1 g
Protein: 28 g
Carbohydrates: 12 g
Potassium: 338 mg


Adapted from Keep the Beat, Heart Healthy Recipes, a publication of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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