I fell in love with jerk chicken long time ago, shortly after my family moved to Canada from Ukraine. We came straight to Toronto and lived in a quaint little apartment building midtown, near Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave West. Just a short walk from home there was an always busy West Indian eatery, called Albert’s Real Jamaican Foods and it did not take us long to discover the amazing food Albert had to offer.
The most divinely spiced chicken came on a bed of rice and peas, topped with ox tail gravy and served with a side of creamy coleslaw. We would pick up our jerk dinner from Albert’s every few weeks and savor every single bite. As is customary with me, if I enjoy a dish to the point of addiction, I must learn to replicate it, or at least come up with or find a recipe that will let me satisfy my cravings without having to dine out every single time I find myself craving it. Enter Lazy Jerk Chicken, my trusty and incredibly easy recipe that never fails me. I call it lazy because all it really needs is a good Jerk Seasoning Sauce, onions and some chicken. It may not be Albert’s, but it sure is delicious (based on the feedback of a sizable group of family and friends).
The ingredients (serves 6-8)
- 2.5 lbs chicken drumsticks and thighs
- 3 large onions, minced
- 1/2 cup hot Jerk Sauce
- 1/2 cup mild Jerk Sauce
- Mix all of the ingredients in the bowl, cover, and refrigerate overnight
- When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 375F
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
- Arrange the chicken, together with the marinade and the onions, on the baking sheet in a single layer
- Bake for 45 minutes and flip the chicken pieces
- Bake for another 30-45 minutes
- Serve with a side of your choice
Notes on the jerk sauce: there are plenty to choose from. My favourite happens to be Jerk In A Jar but have fun trying out different sauces until you settle on the one that you love :). I like mixing equal amounts of spicy and mild sauces as I find that this combinations gives me the best flavour with a perfect bite that is not too spicy.