Jerk Chicken Drumsticks

by jenna on January 18, 2013

It’s Friday! Friday! Fri-daaaaaaaaaay!

What are you up to this weekend? I am teaching a yoga class this afternoon then cooking dinner for some friends. Tomorrow, Adam and I are going to do some wine tasting before having dinner at a friend’s house {this same friend is throwing me a bridal shower in March — I can’t wait!}. Sunday we have church and I’m hoping to get outside for a hike, too, because the weather has just been so beautiful here lately. Cool, crisp sunny days all around. I can’t complain especially because I’m headed to the arctic next week {aka Wisconsin} and will be wearing every single piece of clothing I own to stay warm. It should be a pretty low-key weekend…the kind I love because its filled with the people I love.

I made this jerk chicken the other day after cleaning out my desk drawer and coming across a rather tattered piece of notebook paper with the recipe scribbled across. It’s my friend from culinary school, Cathy’s, recipe and I remember copying it down hastily after tasting her delicious dinner one evening before class. Cathy is Jamaican and knows her jerk chicken. I can’t believe I’m just now finding this recipe after almost five years!

To make this dish, you practically need your entire spice cabinet. Seriously. There’s a lot going on in this marinade including a whole scotch bonnet pepper {or serrano or habanero} and an onion.

But don’t worry — it’s not ALL spicy! There’s also some brown sugar and lime juice thrown in. I don’t know about you, but I love the combination of meat + brown sugar! Major yum.

The drumsticks need about a four hour chill-out session in the fridge, so plan accordingly! This particular recipe isn’t overly spicy either {I swear} as long as you take the seeds out of the hot pepper before processing it in the marinade. I like to serve my drumsticks over mashed sweet potatoes — this is actually a combination of sweet potato, Japanese sweet potato and russet potato — because I like the combination of the creamy sweet potatoes and the spicy chicken.

The recipe today is over at PBS Food. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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megan @ whatmegansmaking January 18, 2013 at 3:13 am

Love those recipes that are tried and true from friends. Great pictures jenna – I always have a hard time with chicken :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks January 18, 2013 at 3:28 am

Sounds like you have a fun weekend lined up and I hope you have a great time. At yoga…and then with friends. And vino! :)

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated January 18, 2013 at 3:43 am

Yum! I love any recipe with lots of spices … bring it on! :)

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Madison January 18, 2013 at 3:49 am

Delicious and the perfect amount of spice. I love Jerk Chicken! Your weekend sounds like so much fun–we have snow here on the ground. It’s beautiful but I’m ready for spring. :)

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Butterfingered January 18, 2013 at 4:11 am

Looks good!I just ate but the pictures have gotten me hungry again!

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Caitlin in MD January 18, 2013 at 4:34 am

This looks awesome, I think I’ll make it this weekend! Question though – do you think it would be as tasty with chicken breasts? I don’t care for dark meat chicken…

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 18, 2013 at 4:56 am

This sounds great! And don’t you worry, I’ve got a cabinet FULL of spices so I’m sure I won’t need too many more ingredients! Unlike our horrible wintery weather, jerk chicken reminds me of holidays to the Caribbean, beaches, and margaritas. Your weekend sounds like so much fun. Have a great yoga class this afternoon!

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Molly @ RDexposed January 18, 2013 at 5:06 am

It’s not thaaaat cold in the Midwest yet. Just grab some Alterra coffee (said coffee in my hand now) and warm up!

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Amy James January 18, 2013 at 5:24 am

When and where in Wisconsin will you be? For business or pleasure? I’d suggest bringing wool and some cozy scarves.

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Tabitha (From Single to Married) January 18, 2013 at 6:12 am

I’m with you – happy that it’s Friday! :)

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 18, 2013 at 6:33 am

Love that first photo! Magazine worthy.

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Sarah @ Yogi in Action January 18, 2013 at 7:28 am

Love this recipe! I will definitely be making it. My boyfriend and I were in Jamaica in September and both commented how amazing the chicken was. They know how to make good chicken.

Thanks for the delicious recipe :)

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Julia {The Roasted Root} January 18, 2013 at 7:30 am

Wow, any chicken that’s marinated in that many spices has got to have wooooonderful flavor! I’m anxious to try it – we’re real big chicken people round these parts! And congrats for being featured on PBS Food!

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Erin January 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

Make sure to bring some WARM clothes when you visit my lovely state of WI next week – high of 9 degrees on Monday!!

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Colleen January 18, 2013 at 8:03 am

Erin’s right – Today in Madison it’s going to be 40 and then it’s plummeting! This sounds incredible and a good choice for Mardi Gras next month!

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Heather January 18, 2013 at 7:37 am

I think my mind tried to convince me this was a breakfast food because upon first look I thought the chicken was nestled on scrambled eggs haha.

I’m jealous of your mild weather because it is straight up BLUSTERY today here in Philly. Don’t forget your Under Armour!

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Rachel January 18, 2013 at 7:46 am

LOVE Jerk Chicken and have been searching for one that’s just right. Definitely giving this one a try stat!

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Caroline L. January 18, 2013 at 7:47 am

I’m completely craving some sugar & spice, no joke! :) I’d love to feast on this!

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deva at deva by definition January 18, 2013 at 8:26 am

I love jerk chicken! It’s the perfect combination of spice for me.

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Carley January 18, 2013 at 8:53 am

Looks good! The husband will definitely approve too :)

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Emily @ Life on Food January 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

I wish I could join for the weekend activities. They sound marvelous.

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Julie January 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

This chicken looks incredible! And I love the idea of serving it with mashed sweet potatoes, that would be a fantastic pairing (and paleo, which is just the greatest).

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a farmer in the dell January 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Looks delicious! I’m heading over now to check out the recipe!

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Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} January 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Oooo! I can’t wait to try these! I spent some time in Jamaica when I was in college, and I LOVED the jerk meat, but every time I have tried to duplicate it, it falls short. I hope it works, I hope it works, I hope it works!! Thanks!!

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morgan January 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Oh boy, did you pick a bad week to head to the Great White North. Single digit highs up here almost all week. Sad face.

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Carrie January 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Looks delish! I’m not a fan of dark meat, though… How would boneless skinless breasts do as a substitute?

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Caitlin in MD January 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

I asked this question last week but Jenna never responded to it. I went ahead and used breasts and they worked perfectly. Stayed very moist, thanks to the marinade. I will say that it was very, VERY spicy.

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jenna January 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

good to know! Eeek — I hope it wasn’t TOO spicy! ;)

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Kate January 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm

We did breasts too + it was very,very spicy. As in almost couldn’t eat more than a few bites at a time. Next time I’ll double the chicken amount for the marinade. The jerk flavor was spot on!

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Nick Goodall January 22, 2013 at 6:57 am

I knew I had to read further as soon as I saw the title.. Those drumsticks look deelliccciouuusss!!

A chicken dish with a not too spicy tang is something that I’ll be trying, it’s a shame it’s 4 hours in the fridge, I’ll judge whether that’s worth it or not when I try. Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe!

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