Wet Rub All Day Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken is everywhere and whenever I am envisioning a recipe to cook let alone blog about on Kitchen Belleicious I like to keep it new and fresh and do something that most people wouldn’t think about. Chicken can be so bland and boring and coming up with creative recipes for chicken can sometimes be intimidating to people let alone busy moms starting off the school year. That is why I love my wet jerk chicken! Once the marinade is made just let the chicken sit and soak it all up and then simple bake it! Or might I add- Slow Cook IT! Can we say crockpot 3 times in a row!

Like one would do for a roast- you do for this chicken in terms of the cooking method. A quick sear on all sides gets the skin nice and crispy before it goes to the slaughter or rather oven:) I got the idea when I saw Guy from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I don’t usually EVER watch that show- no offense Guy- but for one single moment in time I found myself glued to the TV while the latest chef behind the counter divulges his “secret” jerk chicken recipe. Of course he didn’t let us in on the secret but he did lay out most of the ingredients for us and it was just enough to get my wheels churning. His wet jerk chicken marinade was genius and I knew I had to replicate/re-create my own version the best I could.

Thankfully it was the afternoon (yes I was actually watching TV in the afternoon to all my friends who think I never STOP going!!!!! ) and I actually could go with this idea of wet jerk right then and there. This is something new to me as most of my inspirations come at night before bed or in the morning when I am pretty sure my kids don’t want dinner for breakfast or dessert for dinner (well dessert for dinner I guess they wouldn’t mind all to much- anyway the point is my inspirations tend to come at the wrong times and I have to wait to embark on them). With my trusty Panola All Purpose Marinade and a handful of shallots, green onions, garlic, ginger, allspice, orange juice, brown sugar, soy sauce and much more, I quickly grabbed my food processor and got to work. A few minutes later and one messy kitchen I had a not so appealing but ever so flavorful and delicious wet jerk marinade. Full of rich flavors and spices reminiscent of Jamaica (that is where we honeymooned) this marinade is all to perfect for any type of meat, chicken or seafood for that matter.

For you busy moms out there. You can leave this marinade on the chicken for up to 8 hours. A simple sear on a hot cast iron skillet is all you need to do before you bake it or put it in the slow cooker. Allow the oven and slow cooker do the cooking for you while you are running around all day like a crazy woman! When its dinner time you won’t be crazy you will be satisfied and your family will think you are supermom- which you are even if you don’t make this:)) But MAKE IT!

Wet Rub Jerk Chicken
  • Half bunch of green onions
  • 1 jalapeรฑo, deseeded
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Panola all purpose marinade
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp ground dry mustard
  • 1 ½ of the following:
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Allspice
  • Paprika
  • Coriander
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of the following:
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 6-8 Tbsp of butter
  • 6-8 chicken legs
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse to combine. Place 1 Tbsp of butter in under the skin of each chicken and then rub down each chicken with the wet jerk rub. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to refrigerate for 4 hours or more.
  2. When its time to cook, heat a large cast-iron skillet or grill pan to high heat and sear each chicken leg until slightly charred on each side. Place the dish of chicken in a preheated 375 degree oven and bake for another 20-30 minutes depending on the size of legs until the juices run clear and the chicken is cooked through.


  1. Bonnie

    If this is as delicious as it sounds and looks, I (we) want some. I’ve never done jerk anything so it’s time I started.


  2. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Wow, I just want to reach right in and take a bit. So juicy.

  3. Tamara Coleman

    The color could not be any more perfect! WELL DONE! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh thanks so much!!! Your blog title is hilarious

  4. Velva

    In the recent past, I had a hunkering for jerk chicken. I used a dry rub, and my husband grilled it. It was amazing. A wet rub would be awesome too. Jerk chicken must have a million spice combinations…with folks who really enjoy their jerk seasoning and flavor combination a secret.


  5. Velva

    I love jerk chicken. Not too long ago, I ventured into making jerk chicken using a dry rub and my husband grilled it. It was awesome. I really like the wet rub approach too. Yours looks really good. There must be a million seasoning combinations to make jerk chicken.

    Take care.


  6. kitchen flavours

    This looks so delicious! Simple and easy too. Will have to find the Panola Sauce!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Eva

    I love jerk chicken but sometimes it can be a bit dry so this wet marinade sounds perfect. I’m wondering what Panola marinade is and can you make this without that ready made ingredient? I bet the house smelled divine while baking these tasty morsels.

  8. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    This looks SO delicious, and I love how simple your recipe is!

  9. Liz

    What a terrific recipe! I’m certain it tastes as amazing as it looks!!!

  10. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    It’s right before dinner time and your delicious jerk chicken is killing me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks so good!

  11. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    First off, I love your new site and logo! It all looks amazing and I’m assuming that you did the logo all by yourself. You’re so talented girl! I love the fork and the your little “fearless in the kitchen” tag! I also just learned you were on Instagram girl! Why were you hiding out on me? I’m now following you as you will see by all of my obnoxious likes!
    I love chicken dishes like this that marinate all day. It just makes dinner time that much easier. I so want to make this like NOW, but I have to make sure that I can find the Panola marinade locally! I will check it out! Have a great night sister! xoxo, Jackie

  12. Mary

    Oh my this looks amazing chicken – full flavored and helpful to marinate and then have a wonderful meal – super Jessica and gratefully bookmarked!!
    Mary x

  13. Helene D'souza

    Heck I wish I had this for dinner tonight or you know what I want to dig in right now. Looks fantastic!

  14. 2 Sisters Recipes

    This looks delicious! I love the title of this post, it made me laugh. Congrats on your new look! Love your new logo and the website is even easier to navigate. Great recipe Jessica!
    Warmly, Anna and Liz

  15. Pure Complex

    Jessica… you know how I am about chicken. My mouth is watering so badly right now I don’t know what to do LOL. This looks absolutely amazing! recipe is saved!

  16. Balvinder

    The recipe looks and sounds so delicious! I am soon going to try this. Is that marinade gluten free?

  17. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    We eat a lot of chicken, but I haven’t made jerk chicken yet. This sounds like a super easy, delicious recipe to try.

  18. Velva

    Fingers crossed that this comment takes-I have been unable to leave comments (sigh).

    Love, love jerk seasonings. Recently, i tried my hand at jerk chicken using a dry rub. The wet rub that you use looks really good. There must be a million combinations of jerk spices- Delicious!

    Have a good weekend.


  19. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    They look lipsmackingly delicious! I have to try the wet rub…maybe with some chicken wings which have been sitting in my freezer for quite a while…

  20. Joanne

    That marinade sounds fabulous! A ton of great flavor without much work!

  21. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Mmm.. that marinade sounds divine!! Love the new website design ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Kristy

    I have never made jerk chicken before, but I have it on my list and now that you said slow cooker….it’s definitely moving up the chain!! This recipe will come in very handy for the school year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Yumm jerk chicken is a fav topping for my pizzas! This sounds like it would work for that and be uber tasty!

  24. Britni

    I love jerk chicken, might have to try this one soon! Found you via the Beltway Bloggers list, love finding other DC area bloggers! http://talenttoplay.blogspot.com

  25. nancy at good food matters

    Hi Jess–no doubt this one is a winner–the chicken looks amazing, crispy skin and well-spiced. I like you website changes, too.

  26. Chantal

    When you say 1 and a 1/2 of the following, what measurement is that? I.E. Teaspoon, Cup, etc.

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