Hellfire Jerk Chicken With Rummy Grilled Pineapple Recipe

Jerk chicken has it all: sweetness, spice and come-hither appeal. Jennifer Olvera

Faintly sweet, spiced, and fiery as all get-out, jerk chicken is a sultry summertime treat. To maximize its flavor, take time to marinate the meat—for at least a day and up to two.

Although I rarely seed and devein peppers, in the case of ultra-hot habeneros, it's wise. It allows their fruitiness to shine, and the dish strikes a balance between tongue-singeing and enjoyably edible. Of course, if brow-mopping is what you're going for, feel free to add another pepper into the mix.

As for the boozy, grill-charred pineapple that's served alongside, be sure to select one that's just about—but not totally—ripe. A firmer fruit will stand up to the grilling process, whereas a juicy, super-soft one won't.

When all is said and done, the basted, crusty bird and caramelized fruit are pitch-perfect companions. Served with additional jerk sauce alongside, a taste of the Caribbean is at hand.

Note: Be aware that the chicken is prone to flare-ups, so it needs to be watched and fussed with a bit during the cooking and basting process.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 0 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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For the Chicken:

  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup juice from about 4 limes

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup vegetable or peanut oil

  • 3 scallions, coarsely chopped

  • 8 medium cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger

  • 2 habanero or Scotch Bonnet peppers, seeded and deveined

  • 1 whole skin-on chicken, cut into eight pieces (about 4 pounds)

  • 5 tablespoons rum, divided

For the Pineapple:

  • 1 pineapple, peeled, halved, cored and sliced lengthwise into 12 spears


  1. Add allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, salt, thyme, 1⁄4 cup brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, vinegar and oil to a blender. Blend well. Add green onions, garlic, ginger and habanero peppers and purée until smooth. Divide jerk sauce in half. Reserve half in refrigerator.

  2. Place chicken, two tablespoons rum and remaining half of jerk sauce in a resealable plastic bag. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight or up to two days.

  3. At least four hours prior to cooking, place pineapple, remaining three tablespoons rum, and remaining three tablespoons brown sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Shake to combine and dissolve sugar. Place in refrigerator to marinate.

  4. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, spread coals evenly over the surface of the coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grill grate. Place chicken on the grill, skin side down. Cook until skin is crisp and charred, about 4 minutes. Flip chicken and continue to cook, turning and basting occasionally with marinade until a glistening crust forms on the outside of chicken and an instant read thermometer registers 155°F when inserted into the thickest part of the breast (about 20 to 30 minutes). As chicken nears the end of cooking, remove pineapple from the refrigerator and cook, brushing with glaze, until browned and lightly charred on all sides (about 6 minutes).

  5. Remove chicken and pineapple from grill. Allow to rest for a 10 minutes. Serve with remaining jerk sauce.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
988 Calories
67g Fat
51g Carbs
46g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 988
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 67g 86%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 219mg 73%
Sodium 942mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 116mg 580%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 914mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)