Gordon Ramsay's jerk chicken

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Gordon Ramsay's jerk chicken | Gordon Ramsay recipes
Gordon Ramsay's jerk chicken | Gordon Ramsay recipes
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Gordon Ramsay's jerk chicken recipe is the perfect way to add much needed flavour to your cut of chicken. This recipe shows you how to make a quick and easy marinade that you'll want to make time and time again. The chilli, cinnamon and garlic infused chicken pieces are perfect for cooking on the BBQ if the weather is nice. This recipe serves 4 people and can be ready in just 40 mins. The longer you leave the chicken to marinade the more flavoursome it will be. Serve with freshly prepared salad and new potatoes or even homemade chips.


  • 4 large chicken legs, skin on, cut into drumsticks and thighs and scored
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Rice, to serve
  • 4–5 thyme sprigs, to garnish (optional)

For the marinade

  • 1–2 Scotch bonnet chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1tsp ground cloves
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2tsp ground allspice
  • 5–7 thyme sprigs, leaves only (you will need about 2 tbsp)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil

This jerk marinade is also delicious on pork and beef and is perfect for the BBQ


  1. To start this chicken leg recipe prepare the marinade by combining all the ingredients with a good grinding of black pepper and a dash of oil. Rub the marinade into the chicken pieces, massaging it into the scored meat. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hour (or, better still, overnight).
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7.
  3. Heat a large ovenproof pan over a medium-high heat and add a dash of oil. Fry the chicken pieces for about 10 minutes until golden brown on all sides. Add the Worcestershire sauce and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Cover with an ovenproof lid or foil and place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until cooked through (if your pan isn’t ovenproof, simply transfer the chicken to a roasting tray). Remove the foil for the last 5 minutes if the chicken needs colouring a little more.
  5. Serve the chicken hot with rice.

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I love this recipe!!! I loved the Jerk Chicken that I had in a restaurant in Connecticut when I lived there. I moved to the Netherlands and have missed what used to be what I considered to be my go-to comfort food. Now after over 5 years of living in the Netherlands, I tried this recipe which took me back and allows me to return to that place of comfort any time I desire it. Thank you Chef Ramsey for keeping this recipe real!!! I tried to rate 5 and would have rated more if I could have...The rating option would not allow me to select it.


pretty...prettty...prettty good.

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