Homemade Jerk Seasoning and Jerk Chicken Recipe

Afternoon friends!

If you want some extra “jerk” to your seasoning, just add a little more red pepper. I try to keep things on the mild end because of the little ones in the house.

Hope you enjoy it!

Over the past few years, I’ve taken a number of steps toward healthier eating on a budget. In addition to making my own salad dressings, I’ve also discovered that my homemade seasoning mixes are much tastier than the varieties I used to purchase at the store. My taco seasoning is used weekly in my home and I make homemade ranch dressing several times a month for my salads for lunch.

Finally, I’ve now figured out my homemade jerk seasoning mix! It took a little tweaking, but I’ve gotten it right. Jerk seasoning is perfect for grilling, baking and frying chicken.  It also does well on turkey and pork chops and it makes for a delicious burger when you mix the seasoning into the beef patties.

Here is a “ratio recipe” for making your own jerk seasoning.

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Jerk Seasoning

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons red pepper, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon green curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, grounded
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

And if you want to turn the heat down a little on this seasoning, just use one teaspoon of the crushed red pepper. But then you’d have to call it part-jerk seasoning!


  • Combine all the ingredients and use it in place of store-brought jerk seasoning when needed in recipes.
  • Save in an airtight container (such as a Ziploc® Brand Container) and store in a dry place or freezer.

Pair your homemade seasoning with this tasty grilled chicken recipe below:

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Grilled Jerk Chicken Recipe

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons homemade jerk seasoning


  • Pull the skin back on each drumstick and brush with one teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Sprinkle the jerk seasoning all over the chicken and underneath the skin.  Pull the skin back over the seasonings.
  • Grill for eight to 10 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  • Serve the grilled jerk chicken with your favorite side, salad or fresh fruit.

What’s your favorite jerk recipe? Do you prefer full-jerk (spicy), half-jerk (a little spicy), or no jerk at all?

Recipe originally posted on SCJohnson.com.

Note: I am a paid freelance writer for the SCJohnson.com Family Economics blog.

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