Jerk Chicken with Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce

This Jerk Chicken recipe is one of our favorite grilling recipes of all time. Cater the spice to your liking! We absolutely love this summertime dinner and we prepare it for guests often during grilling season. Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce is the key ingredient! 

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One thing about us Minnesotans is that we genuinely appreciate nice weather. When it is a brisk 50 degrees outside and I drive by one of our many beautiful lakes, it is guaranteed that I will see people in shorts and short-sleeved shirts enjoying the lovely weather. I love that about us. We're a tough bunch and thanks to our nasty winters we have perspective. We know how cold it can get so we appreciate weather that others may not. Every single evening of the year that is above 55 degrees, I tell Dan, "We HAVE to grill tonight!" We love grilling and we grill such a wide variety of foods. One of our absolute favorite grilling recipes is this Jerk Chicken, which we have tweaked over the years. It is savory, a bit spicy (cater spice to your liking!) and such a crowd-pleaser. We often prepare it when we have friends over and it always receives rave reviews. Did I mention how EASY it is to make? Simply throw a handful of ingredients in a resealable bag, add chicken and let it marinate for at least four hours.


The star of the show is the Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce. This sauce is a blend of traditionally brewed soy sauce, wine, and spices. It has depth and flavor that makes it an ideal marinade or brush-on sauce, straight from the bottle. I love the bit of Asian flair that this marinade/sauce adds to everyday recipes like this Jerk Chicken. Join us crazy Minnesotans in grilling early in the season and also often! Add this one to your rotation this spring and summer. You will not be disappointed!

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The Best Jerk Chicken

We make this recipe all the time in the summer. It is so delicious!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published May 13, 2016

Serves: 4-6

Total time: 25 min, plus 4 hours marinating


  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 2 jalapeños, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
  • 4-6 thawed chicken breast halves


1.     In a large bowl, combine onions, jalapeños, garlic, thyme, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, Teriyaki sauce, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Mix well and add to a large resealable Ziploc bag.

2.     Add the chicken breasts to the bag and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours (but preferably overnight).

3.     Cook on a grill over medium heat until centers are no longer pink, approximately 5 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, return juices to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring for 10-15 minutes and serve over top of the cooked chicken.


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