Jerk Chicken and Zucchini Quinoa

This is one of my favorite chicken recipes if not my favorite. The first time I had jerk chicken was on the side of the rode in Jamaica when I was 17 and I never forgot about it after that. This is my take on jerk chicken using a dry rub. Traditionally you are supposed to use skin on chicken thighs but I just used skinless boneless chicken thighs. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains and a good switch up for a carb from sweet potatoes or rice during the week. Here is what you will need:


  • 1/2 cup Quinoa {this will yield 2 cups cooked}
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 tbs olive oil

You will start by adding your olive oil and chopped white onion to your pot. Sauté onions until translucent.



Then add your cubed zucchini and sauté for about 1 minute and add your rinsed quinoa. Stir this up again for about a minute and add the chicken broth.



Cover on medium/low heat for 20 minutes. Do not touch! Leave the top on, no peaking.

Jerk Chicken:

  • 16 oz chicken thighs
  • 2 jalapeños {I usually use habanero but I had jalapeño on hand}
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp all spice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp cayenne {do not add this unless you like it really spicy}
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

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Now for the jerk chicken you will add the jalapeños, bay leaves, 1/2 tbsp thyme, and 2 tbsp water to a blender/nutribullet.


Once that is blended into a paste you will add it to your bowl of chicken. On top of the chicken you will add 2 tbsp coconut oil and ALL of the above spices. With the exception of what you already added from the blender.

IMG_7718.JPGThen you will mix well with your hands and put in a gallon freezer bag overnight. You do not need to leave it overnight but let it set for at least 30 minutes.


Once your chicken has marinated you will grill it up! Chicken thighs take about 5 minutes each side to cook through on the grill. IMG_7926.JPG

Now you’re ready to plate up! I added refried black beans on the side with green chiles and jalapeños. I did’t add the recipe for that because it is from a can, Annie’s organic refried black beans. I just doctor it up with the jalapeños and green chiles!





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