Rum Chicken (Jamaican-inspired)


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This juicy Jamaican-inspired Rum Chicken is easy to make and so yummy! Made with dark rum, green onions, fresh lime juice, and lots of warming spices, it’s super flavorful and aromatic! This gorgeous chicken recipe will shake up your weekly routine!

Jamaican-inspired rum chicken marinade

I’m in love with this spicy, fragrant marinade. You can truly taste the rum in this Jamaican-inspired chicken even though there’s not a lot of it! 🙂 I tried it firstly with chicken wings, and it was so good, that I decided to marinate and bake the whole chicken!

The marinade is rich, with a lot of warming spices, just delicious! It’s like jerk marinade but with rum! It makes the chicken so juicy and flavorful!

I served my rum chicken with delicious, spicy mango salsa. The recipe is coming later this week!!

Here’s what you need:

  • Dark rum
  • Green onions
  • Soy sauce
  • Limes
  • Brown sugar or honey
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Chili flakes/cayenne pepper or fresh chilli
  • Ground allspice (whole allspice berries will work too)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter

Marinate the chicken for a few hours at least – the more you marinate the chicken, the better it will be! I marinated mine overnight and that’s what I recommend. 🙂

This juicy Jamaican-inspired Rum Chicken is easy to make and so yummy! Made with dark rum, green onions, fresh lime juice, and lots of warming spices, it's super flavorful and aromatic! This gorgeous chicken recipe will shake up your weekly routine!
This juicy Jamaican-inspired Rum Chicken is easy to make and so yummy! Made with dark rum, green onions, fresh lime juice, and lots of warming spices, it's super flavorful and aromatic! This gorgeous chicken recipe will shake up your weekly routine!

Spatchcock rum chicken

Have you ever heard about spatchcocking chicken? If not, don’t worry! Spatchcocking chicken simply means that you remove the spine and flatten the chicken. It may sound complicated, but it’s easy!

How to spatchcock the chicken?

  • Place the chicken breast-side down on a cutting board.
  • Identify the backbone.
  • With a large, sharp knife (or a pair of kitchen scissors – easier!) carefully remove the spine.
  • The chicken can now be flattened on the board.
  • Additionally, score the chicken legs to be 100% they will be done at the same time as chicken breast.

I like to bake chicken this way because:

  • The cooking time is significantly shorter! Max. 60 minutes!!
  • The skin all over the chicken is so crispy! Isn’t it the best?
  • And the meat stays super juicy! I mean really juicy, even the chicken breast!
This juicy Jamaican-inspired Rum Chicken is easy to make and so yummy! Made with dark rum, green onions, fresh lime juice, and lots of warming spices, it's super flavorful and aromatic! This gorgeous chicken recipe will shake up your weekly routine!

Popular questions

Do I have to spatchcock the chicken?

You don’t have to, but I absolutely recommend it! You can bake the whole chicken without spatchcocking it if you want to, but it will take much more time! I’d follow the rule 1h for 1kg of chicken. I usually bake my chicken for 2h.

Can I use this marinade for chicken thighs, drumsticks, or breasts?

Sure! You don’t need to cook the whole chicken as I did.

I’d bake bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks for 60 minutes, spooning over the marinade and juices from time to time.

For chicken breast, I’d cut it in half and flatten a bit, then cook on the skillet or grill pan for a few minutes each side, until golden.

Can I skip rum in this marinade?

Obviously, it won’t be rum chicken anymore, but you can absolutely skip rum! When you skip the rum, the marinade will be comparable to Jamaican jerk marinade. Full of flavor!

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AuthorEwaCategory, , DifficultyIntermediate

This juicy Jamaican-inspired Rum Chicken is easy to make and so yummy! Made with dark rum, green onions, fresh lime juice, and lots of warming spices, it's super flavorful and aromatic! This gorgeous chicken recipe will shake up your weekly routine!

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 10 mins

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In all my recipes 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml, 1 tablespoon equals 15 ml, 1 cup equals 250 ml. Spoons and cups are lightly packed.

 1 Whole chicken (spatchcocked and scored)
 A thick slice of cold butter
Marinade
 2 tbsp Dark rum (30 ml)
 3 tbsp Soy sauce
 2 Green onions (finely chopped)
 2 Limes (juice)
 5 Garlic cloves (crushed)
 1 tbsp Fresh ginger (grated)
 1 tsp Chilli flakes (or fresh chilli to taste)
 3 tbsp Brown sugar (or honey)
 1 tsp Ground allspice (or 1 tbs allspice berries)
 ½ tsp Cinnamon
  tsp Ground nutmeg
 1 tsp Dried thyme
 Salt and pepper

1

Mix all marinade ingredients. Place a spatchcocked and scored chicken in a zip bag or a big bowl. Add marinade and rub all over the chicken. Let it marinate for a few hours at least, the best overnight.

2

Preheat the oven to 190 Celsius degrees.

3

Place chicken on a baking tray or dish with all the marinade. Cut the butter into small cubes and place all over the chicken.

4

Bake the chicken for 60 minutes, spooning the sauce over the chicken from time to time.

5

Serve!

Ingredients

 1 Whole chicken (spatchcocked and scored)
 A thick slice of cold butter
Marinade
 2 tbsp Dark rum (30 ml)
 3 tbsp Soy sauce
 2 Green onions (finely chopped)
 2 Limes (juice)
 5 Garlic cloves (crushed)
 1 tbsp Fresh ginger (grated)
 1 tsp Chilli flakes (or fresh chilli to taste)
 3 tbsp Brown sugar (or honey)
 1 tsp Ground allspice (or 1 tbs allspice berries)
 ½ tsp Cinnamon
  tsp Ground nutmeg
 1 tsp Dried thyme
 Salt and pepper

Directions

1

Mix all marinade ingredients. Place a spatchcocked and scored chicken in a zip bag or a big bowl. Add marinade and rub all over the chicken. Let it marinate for a few hours at least, the best overnight.

2

Preheat the oven to 190 Celsius degrees.

3

Place chicken on a baking tray or dish with all the marinade. Cut the butter into small cubes and place all over the chicken.

4

Bake the chicken for 60 minutes, spooning the sauce over the chicken from time to time.

5

Serve!

Rum Chicken (Jamaican-inspired)

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