Healthy Jerk Chicken

Jerk seasoning is phenomenal – bold, sweet-and spicy, and full of flavor. Generally I find chicken bland, but with jerk seasoning, it is anything but.


Yield: 5 servings


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (use 2 teaspoons if you don’t mind high sodium)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 (3.5 oz) chicken drumsticks, skin on


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients to make a paste.
  3. Arrange the drumsticks in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Spoon the paste on top, spreading it all over the drumsticks.
  4. Bake until chicken is fragrant, well-browned and cooked through, about 45 minutes.


Jerk seasoning is based on this recipe by Aaron McCargo Jr.

Nutrition Per Serving

Serving size: 2 drumsticks; Calories: 290; Fat: 17g; Saturated fat: 8g;Carbohydrates: 9g; Sugar: 8g; Sodium: 656mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 24g

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