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Paleo Jerk Chicken

Paleo Jerk Chicken | The Paleo Diet

Special thanks and congratulations to Alison Rost, The Paleo Diet Recipe Contest Winner!

Paleo jerk chicken adds a punch of fragrant and fiery spices for added kick to your menu.


Serves 3-4

  • 1-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried thyme (** or 1/2 teaspoon ajwain seeds)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp bright red paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided


1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the spices. Set aside.

3. Cut each chicken thigh into 1-inch segments and place into a separate bowl.

4. Add the spice mix along with 1 Tbsp of the oil to the chicken. Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.

5. Heat the remaining oil in a wok or large, nonstick frying pan over very high heat. When the oil is very hot, add the chicken.

6. Stir-fry quickly until the pieces are lightly browned or have turned opaque on the outside.

7. Place chicken pieces into a baking dish, and cover loosely with lightly oiled wax paper (which should sit inside the dish and directly on top of the chicken pieces) and bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

8. Enjoy while hot or remove from hot baking dish to maintain moisture for eating later.

Live Well, Live Longer.
The Paleo Team


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  1. Brenda says:

    I wanted to so something else with chicken and found this recipe. Awesome! I will make it again.

  2. Monique says:

    I made this tonight. It was delicious and easy. I put it over half a baked yam and topped it with Sprouts brand “Pineapple Salsa.” The sweetness of the yam and the salsa were good compliments for the spiciness of the chicken. Although eating plain would probably be fine too. I also had steamed cabbage and zucchini with it.

  3. Owen says:

    What would you usually have with this dish? Salad is all I can think off?

  4. Melissa says:

    I made this for dinner tonight – deeeee-licious!!! Very easy and highly recommend. Will for sure make it again.

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