Belize Recipes -Belizean Jerk Chicken

Belizean Jerk Chicken Recipe

Ingredients to make Belizean Jerk Chicken:

  • 3 whole chickens

Ingredients to make Jerk seasoning:

  • 4 sweet peppers
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tomatoes (not too ripe)
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 habanero peppers (can be reduced)
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 10 leaves local oregano
  • 1 table spoon dried oregano
  • 1 table spoon thyme leafs
  • ½ table spoon paprika powder
  • ½ table spoon cumin
  • ½ table spoon crushed black pepper
  • ½ table spoon salt
  • 3 oz dark rum
  • 3 oz lime juice
  • 2 slices orange peel
  • 20 cilantro seeds
  • 4 leaves all spice
  • Some olive oil to liquefy
  • 6 lbs sweet potato
  • 8 oz margarine or butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  • 6 oranges

Preparation of Jerk Chicken:

  • Cut the chicken in 8 pieces and remove all skin, then rinse the chicken in some water to remove all bone fragments and blood .
  • Cut the onions, pepper, garlic and ginger roughly before putting in the food processor
  • Then add the dry herbs and spices, the lime-juice and the rum. Blend the mixture on full speed and add as much olive oil as needed to give it a smooth texture.
  • Rub the chicken pieces with the jerk seasoning and allow marinating several hours (overnight is best)
  • Place the chicken on a baking tray and roast on a smoky barbeque oven for up to 45 minutes on low heat.
  • Drizzle or brush the chicken with the marinate on a regular base
  • Peel the sweet potatoes and boil in sufficient salted water till done.
  • Strain the potatoes and allow to dry for a couple of minutes.
  • Then mash them in a food processor while adding the butter, eggs and cinnamon.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer the mashed potatoes to a piping bag.
  • Cut the oranges in half and remove all meat.
  • Pipe the mash in to the orange skin
  • Place the filled oranges on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes on 350 F

This version of the jerk seasoning is best after about 24 hours of marinating. Apart from chicken this preparation can be used for pork, lamb and even fish.

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4 thoughts on “Belize Recipes -Belizean Jerk Chicken”

  1. Yum!
    Thanks for that, Chaa Creek. This will feature on our menu for 21st September celebrations here in Australia.

    Now if anyone has a recipe for home-made recado…

  2. Hi Marc:

    This post is a bit late, but here is a recipe for home-made recado:

    By the way, what restaurant do you work at here in Australia? I live in Australia (Sydney) as well but hail from Belize.


  3. Hey, thanks for that Denise!

    No, I don’t work in a restuarant, but I once had a small one in Cayo. I live in Byron Bay now, but since my kids were pretty much raised in Belize we still live on rice and beans, stwe chicken, tortillas and fry jacks – who wouldn’t? So, many thanks for the recado recipe, and I can’t wait to try it! Finding recado here is like trying to find Vegemite in the Jewel…

    If you’re ever in Byron give a shout – it’s always great to see people from Belize here!

    Thanks again, and cheers

  4. This is wonderful and authentic. I would like to use your recipe with credits for an upcoming post on Belizean travel. Please let me know your thoughts on this. Thank you. Renee


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