Jerk Chicken as Served at Ena's Caribbean Kitchen in Columbus, Ohio as seen on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives episode 2801.
Recipe courtesy of Ena's Caribbean Kitchen

Ena's Signature Spicy Jerk Chicken and Jerk Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 13 hr 10 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 to 5 servings


Jerk Sauce:


  1. Lightly sprinkle the chicken with salt and coat liberally with the jerk rub. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of jerk marinade (or more to intensify the heat). Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours and up to 48 hours.
  2. Preheat a grill to 450 degrees F. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Place the chicken on the grill, skin-side up, and cover the grill. Cook until the skin is rosy brown and crisp, about 25 minutes.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a roasting pan, skin-side up, and pour over a cup of Jerk Sauce. (Do not cover the chicken with sauce; just add enough to create some steam.) Cover the pan with parchment and foil and bake until the chicken is tender and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. Cut the chicken legs off the thighs and cut the thighs in half. Place the chicken on a plate and add Jerk Sauce.

Jerk Sauce:

  1. Add the port, soy sauce, liquid smoke, browning sauce, vinegar and 2 cups water to a stockpot; bring to a boil. Add the adobo powder, jerk rub, poultry seasoning, jerk marinade and breadcrumbs. Add the carrots, garlic, onions, thyme and peppers. Boil over high heat until the vegetables are fully cooked and the wet marinade has dissolved into the sauce, 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 30 minutes.

Cook’s Note

You can substitute a mixture of cornstarch and water for the breadcrumbs to make the dish gluten-free.