Grilled Jerk Chicken – Gluten Free Suggestions

Ever since my husband and I went to Florida and tried some Jerk shrimp, Jerk Seasoning has had a special place in our hearts. I have tried many recipes and ready-made seasonings to try and get that really wonderful taste. Pre-mixed seasoning, while wonderful, tends to be a pet peeve of mine because when you run out, it can be often times difficult to get more (Ex: Jerk seasoning from Key West and St. Lucia). I tend to try and make my own seasonings. This particular recipe is going to be a definite favorite. Its got that wonderful cinnamon and allspice flavor mixed in with spicy Habanero (first time cooking with Habanero chilis!) This is a recipe for a wet marinade and I highly recommend an overnight marinade. This recipe is perfect for BBQ season! Let me know what you think!


2 teaspoons of ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon of Kosher salt (not table salt)

1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves

1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce

(Gluten Free Note: Not all soy sauce are gluten-free.  If you can’t get Dark Soy Sauce, use regular)

1/4 cup of lime juice

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup of canola oil

3 scallions, chopped into big pieces

3 tablespoons of garlic

2 tablespoon of ginger

2 Habanero peppers, remove tops

2 tablespoons of rum (I used Captain Morgan Spiced Rum)

8-10 boneless chicken thighs


  1. Combine all ingredients (except chicken and rum) into a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Divide mixture in half.
  3. One half, add rum and mix well.
  4. Marinate chicken with rum mixed marinade, for at least 6 hours or overnight (up to two days)
  5. Refrigerate other half of mixture to serve as a sauce.
  6. Grill chicken until done
  7. Serve with some lemon wedges and some slight warmed sauce (the separated sauce) on the side.

I served my Grilled Jerk Chicken with some Oven Fried plantains (Recipe to come) and some Black Beans Brown Rice


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