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Grilled Jerk Chicken Kebabs

These grilled jerk chicken kebabs are ideal for summer BBQ's. Loaded with warm spices and brightened up with pineapple and peppers this family-friendly dinner is always a hit.


grilled jerk chicken kebabs with pineapple bell peppers limes and cilantro

Bust Out That Grill!

It’s THAT time of year. We love how the warm weather beckons us to our grills each evening, keeping our kitchen clean (for the most part) and dining al fresco is our favorite summer activity. Life just seems a little bit lighter and dare we say easier in the summer. We are confident that these grilled Jamacian jerk chicken kebabs will make your dinner time routine a little more enjoyable.

cilantro, onion, paprika, lime, olive oil in a blender for jerk marinade
jerk seasoning in a blender

What Is Jerk Chicken?

Many people think that “jerk”—as in “Jamaican jerk chicken”—is a word that is always synonymous with a super spicy chicken dinner. But in fact, Jamaican jerk spice doesn’t have to be crazy hot. While the exact meaning of the word “jerk” is somewhat open for interpretation, most agree that the term “jerk” is more about a style of cooking than a set-in-stone flavor profile. In Jamaican culinary tradition, “jerking” refers to the practice of cooking meat over an open flame, and, historically, the beloved “jerk” flavor profile came from cooking over local Jamaican pimento wood. This very unique pimento tree wood releases fragrant oils as it burns, and the smoke produced by its fire flavors the grilling meats. As time went on, people wanted to create faster and easier ways to enjoy the flavor of “jerk” and therefore we have jerk spice blends, like the one we use to flavor these delicious jerk chicken kebabs!

jerk chicken kebabs with bell pepper, pineapple and red onions

How to Make Jerk Chicken Seasoning.

We wanted our jerk chicken kebabs to be extra juicy and never dry out on the grill, so decided to marinate them in a wet jerk seasoning marinade. This jerk seasoning keeps the chicken pieces nice and juicy and we love the flavor it adds to the pineapple, bell peppers and grilled red onions. Here’s what you’ll need to make it.

  • Warm spices: nutmeg, allspice & cinnamon
  • Sweetness to balance the spices: brown sugar
  • A little bit of a bite: green onions, garlic, red onion and cilantro
  • Paprika, salt, black pepper, thyme
  • Olive oil and lime juice

How to Make The Best Chicken Kebabs Ever.

Marinate the chicken in the wet jerk chicken seasoning. Lace the bell pepper, pineapple red onion and marinated chicken onto the skewers. Now you’re ready to grill. When the chicken is nice and seared on the outside and still juicy on the inside, you can serve these babies over warm rice (coconut rice is even better) and you’ve got yourself another winner chicken dinner!

grilled jerk chicken kebabs with pineapple, bell peppers, red onions, lime and cilantro

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grilled jerk chicken kebabs with pineapple, bell peppers, red onions, lime and cilantro

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Or at least make these jerk chicken kebabs for dinner. We promise everyone will love you for it. WHen you do be sure to snap a photo of your masterpiece and tag us using @themodernproper or #themodernproper when you do.

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Grilled Jerk Chicken Kebabs

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  15 min
  • Calories: 412


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 green onions, ends trimmed off and discarded
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup cilantro, packed
  • 1 red onion, cut into 2" pieces, divided
  • 1 lb baby bell peppers, whole
  • 1 pineapple, cut into 2" pieces
  • metal or bamboo skewers, soaked in water for an hour


  1. In a blender combine the nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, brown sugar, green onions, garlic, paprika, salt black pepper thyme, olive oil, lime juice, cilantro and 1/4 of the red onion about 1/4 cup. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour marinade over chicken and allow to marinate for 2-4 hours.
  3. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  4. On each skewer add chicken, pineapple, bell peppers and red onions, rotating ingredients evenly. Once prepared, place the chicken kebabs on the grill and cook until chicken is cooked through (registers 165°F on instant read thermometer), rotating often.

    *Serve with coconut rice!

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories412
  • Protein23 g
  • Carbohydrates52 g
  • Total Fat17 g
  • Dietary Fiber18 g
  • Cholesterol90 mg
  • sodium1064 mg
  • Total Sugars20 g

Grilled Jerk Chicken Kebabs

Questions & Reviews

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  • Sophia

    Could we bake these in the oven?


  • Julia

    Can you make any portion of this meal in advance?

    Totally! After you marinate the chicken for a couple of hours you can assemble the skewers and have those in the fridge until ready to cook! Just probably wouldn't leave them in there longer than 24 hours since it's best to cook marinated chicken within the 24 hour window. Hope you enjoy Julia!

  • m

    how is this jerk? where’s the heat? i’m used to jerk chicken that’s crazy hot. I buy jerk sauce from Jamaica but would love to know more about it.

    You are correct! Traditional jerk has scotch bonnets in it! Feel free to as some heat with hot sauce or cayenne.

  • Jenn

    These were amazing! I made the coconut rice too and the duo was incredible.

    Thanks Jenn, we are so glad you loved it!