Recipe: Jerk Spatchcock Chicken


This recipe gives you three excellent guides. The first- how to spatchcock a chicken. The second- how to turn that chicken into the most delicious, succulent jerk flavoured dinner. And third- how to serve it with rice and peas! After a quick prep all you need to do is bang it in the oven for 30-40 minutes. So easy peasy lemon squeezy. A great mid week recipe.


For The Chicken

  • 1 medium chicken (1.5-1.7kg)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded
  • 2 tbsp jerk seasoning
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

For The Rice

  • 450 ml chicken stock
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • 300 g white rice
  • 400 g tin of kidney beans, drained

To Serve

  • 1 fresh red chilli
Preheat the Oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Prepare the Rub

Step 2

Prepare The Rub

Peel and mince the garlic. Finely chop the chilli. Throw the jerk seasoning, allspice, honey, tomato purée, garlic, chilli and olive oil into a bowl and mix well.

Spatchcock the Chicken

Step 3

Spatchcock The Chicken

Lay out the chicken onto the chopping board, breast side down. Use a large knife or sharp pair of scissors to firmly cut down either side of the backbone, then pull it out at the remaining joint and away from the bird. Turn the bird over and you should now be able to flatten it on the board.

Jerk the Chicken

Step 4

Jerk The Chicken

Save 3 tablespoons of the jerk mix then run the rest all over and inside the chicken. Poke several holes in the meat with a skewer to help the flavour penetrate the bird as it cooks. Season the chicken with the zest of the limes (then save the limes), salt and pepper.

Start Cooking the Chicken

Step 5

Start Cooking The Chicken

Preheat a frying pan over a medium heat, then add the butter and let it melt and foam. Place the chicken into the pan, breast side down, and leave it to cook for a few minutes, until the skin is starting to blacken. Turn the chicken over and cook for another 10 minutes over a medium heat.

Cook the Rice and Chicken

Step 6

Cook The Rice And Chicken

Wash the rice under running water until it runs clear and scatter the rice and drained kidney beans into a deep baking dish. Pour over the chicken stock, coconut milk and the saved jerk mix then stir everything together. Put a wire rack over the top of the baking dish. Lay out the chicken over the wire rack so that the juices drip into the rice. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes to finish cooking the chicken and to let the rice absorb all of the liquid. Check the chicken is cooked by poking a skewer into the thickest part and making sure the juices run clear.

Rest and Serve

Step 7

Rest And Serve

Leave to rest for 15 minutes once cooked, then fluff up the rice with a fork and serve the two together. Quarter the lime and slice the red chilli to garnish and dig in! Serves 4



I couldn't find a Jerk Seasoning already mixed, but your brief statement of what flavors was in the one you were using in the video really helped me find a recipe that worked! Everyone loved this chicken especially the rice. The coconut milk made it amazing.


Holy Amazeballs Batman. This chicken was phenomenal.


I made this along with the Masala Chai Tea and it was incredible. I wasn't able to find sultanas so I used dates instead and thought that it was delicious. Will definitely be making this again!


I served this tonight. It was pretty good! I marinated the chicken overnight but even so I think it could do with more salt. Next time, I'll brine the chicken first. Also, if you find that your chicken cooked before your rice is ready, don't worry about it. Take the chicken out, add more hot water or chicken broth to the rice (eyeball it), cover with a lid or foil and keep it in the oven longer. check after 15 mins. do not keep opening the oven door to check or stir the rice because the drop in temp every time you open the door will just make it take even longer. If your chicken is big it might take longer than the rice, so just take the rice out and put a drip tray under. If you have a rice cooker, you can bake the chicken ahead and catch the drippings. Pour the drippings into the rice cooker with everything else and make your life easier.


This is definitely something I am going to have again in the future.

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