Runaway Bay Jamaican Chicken

Runaway Bay Jamaican Chicken

33 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    1 d 1 h

“I got this recipe from my sister, who searches for delicious and unusual dishes. This one lit up the family, and everyone loved it. As it got passed around to family and friends, slight changes occurred. For instance, you can omit the cilantro if you don't care for it or use less nutmeg and more cloves; the possibilities are endless. Just be sure you use caution when working with habaneros. Rubber gloves would be ideal.”

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  1. In a food processor, combine onion, garlic, habanero pepper, and ginger. Pulse until ingredients are minced. Blend in olive oil, brown sugar, vinegar, orange juice concentrate, soy sauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cilantro, salt, and pepper. In a container, combine marinade with chicken. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil grate.
  3. Grill chicken for 10 minutes per side, or until no longer pink and juices run clear.

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Carrie Magill

Carrie Magill

It's too bad somebody messed up their rating for this recipe, because it's got a really terrific flavor. My only changes were to cut the recipe down to 2 servings, but I still used a whole habanero (3x the listed amount), and I left in the seeds and veins. I used half the suggested amount of cilantro, dried instead of fresh, and broiled the chicken for 20 minutes instead of grilling. With the extra, unseeded pepper this was extremely hot, but still irresistable! Next time, and there will be a next time, I'll probably remove about half the pepper seeds, and use a little less cinnamon, and will definitely serve this with applesauce or something else to help cut the heat. If you aren't familiar with habaneros, they're one of the hottest peppers you can get, but they have a unique sweet taste that goes fantastic with chicken (and IMHO they freeze really well), so don't substitute if you can avoid it.



This recipe is AWESOME... When I found it I wanted to make it right away so I only marinated it for about 3 hrs with the chicken cut up in chunks for skewers on the grill... it tasted great with the grilled veggies. I also used jalapeno in it instead of habanero, next time I will go with the habanero. My boyfriend raved about it he can't wait till we make it again. I made coconut black bean rice from this site to go with it and it paired really well. :0)



I started to prepare this and overlooked the "overnight" part. I didn't have time to marinade for even half the amount of time and it still came out great! To get a milder spicy result I subbed jalapeno for habanero and didn't allow too many seeds in the mix. Combo of ingredients is so unique, in the end you should taste everything, the cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, mmmmmmm, can't wait to make again! Thanks Janis!

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 279 cal
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 12 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs
  • 17 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 25.3 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 309 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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