Oven Jerk Chicken Recipe with Sweet Pineapple Sauce

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Jerk cooking is a hallmark of Jamaican cuisine, rooted in the island’s history and culture.

A Taste of Jamaica: The Tradition of Jerk Cooking

Today, we're excited to share our ultimate Oven Jerk Chicken Recipe with Sweet Pineapple Sauce. This dish is a true testament to the rich culinary heritage of the Caribbean, combining the smoky heat of jerk seasoning with the tropical sweetness of pineapple. Perfect for a family dinner or a weekend get-together, this recipe brings the taste of the islands straight to your table.

Jerk cooking is a hallmark of Jamaican cuisine, rooted in the island’s history and culture. This method of seasoning and cooking meat dates back to the indigenous Taino people and was later perfected by the Maroons, escaped African slaves who settled in Jamaica’s rugged interior. Traditionally, jerk involves marinating meat with a fiery blend of spices, including allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers, then slow-cooking it over pimento wood.

Over the years, jerk cooking has evolved, incorporating a variety of ingredients and techniques, yet always retaining its signature bold flavors and smoky aroma. Today, jerk chicken is a beloved dish enjoyed by people around the world, celebrated for its rich taste and cultural significance.

Oven Jerk Chicken Recipe with Sweet Pineapple Sauce



  1. Season the Chicken: Start by thoroughly rubbing the Juliana Jerk Seasoning onto the chicken parts. Let the chicken sit for at least 15 minutes to absorb the flavors. For a spicier kick, allow it to marinate longer. This step ensures the chicken is infused with the robust flavors characteristic of traditional jerk cooking.

  2. Prep the Baking Sheet: Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil. This not only prevents sticking but also infuses the chicken with a subtle coconut aroma, enhancing its tropical appeal.

  3. Bake the Chicken: Arrange the seasoned chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and has a beautiful golden-brown color. Baking the chicken allows it to develop a crispy exterior while keeping the inside tender and juicy.

  4. Add the Sauce: Before serving, drizzle Juliana Pineapple Pepper Sauce over the chicken. Feel free to add more sauce if you desire a stronger flavor. The sweet and tangy pineapple sauce complements the spicy jerk seasoning, creating a perfect balance of flavors.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this delicious Oven Jerk Chicken with a side of rice and peas, fried plantains, or a fresh salad to complete your Caribbean feast. For an authentic experience, pair it with traditional Jamaican festival bread or a refreshing glass of ginger beer.

This recipe not only brings a taste of the Caribbean to your kitchen but also honors the rich tradition of jerk cooking in Jamaica. By incorporating authentic ingredients and techniques, you can experience the true essence of Jamaican cuisine right at home.

Enjoy the vibrant flavors and let the spirit of the islands fill your home! 🌴🍍🍗 Whether you're new to Caribbean cuisine or a longtime fan, this Oven Jerk Chicken Recipe is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen. Happy cooking!

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