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jamaican jerk oven fried chicken

Fried Chicken in the Oven

Oven fried chicken with jamaican jerk seasoning that’s crunchy, and moist! Spiced with Jamaican Jerk and jalapeno sauce, your family will love every bite!

Fried chicken in the oven can be crispy and delicious using this technique of first ‘flash frying’ to get the crisp. Draining the chicken then putting in the oven to finish off the cooking of it. Now we all love the crispy and crunchy, and this comes mainly with a dredging of the chicken in flour. Tenderizing it somewhat in the buttermilk will add to the flavor and tenderness. 

Some recipes like this jamaican jerk oven fried chicken take some prep and getting your fingers sticky and gooey. Yes, there’s gonna be some clean up, dishes, a messy counter space and some other odds and ends. But, the outcome is well worth all the effort and time you put into it.

Using the two steps to this chicken will give you the great crust on the exterior. and with the chicken in the oven to continue the cooking you’ll get the tender juicy meat when you bite into it. You’re gonna think you’ve got fried chicken like grandma used to make deep frying it in maybe vegetable oil or lard back in the day. But this fried chicken in the oven is a great way to side step some of the full deep oil cooking. 

This fried chicken in the oven with orange jalapeno sauce is the best ever. 

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Jamaican Jerk seasoning is so very versatile and perfect for this fried chicken in the oven. It’s slightly spicy and hints of sweet. It can be used on chicken, pork, seafood, vegetables and more!

The main component in Jamaican Jerk seasoning is allspice and spicy peppers, usually Scotch bonnet peppers. Then there’s a bouquet of other spices like garlic, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, garlic, salt and thyme. You’ll also have some brown sugar in it. 

Best Jamaican Jerk Seasoning to Buy

Go ahead and invest in some Jamaican Jerk seasoning mixture because, yes, it’s that good. Besides this fried chicken in the oven, I’ve got several other recipes using this jamaican jerk seasoning, including mac n’ cheese!

Orange Jalapeno Sauce

The spicy orange jalapeno sauce is just an added plus to this chicken. Yep, orange jalapeno sauce is a bonus. You don’t ‘have’ to make it, but you’ll be glad you did! If you have something else that makes you happy, like buttermilk bleu cheese or ranch dressing/sauce/dip, that would be amazing, too. I serve this chicken with just a salad or a light vegetable side. No gravies, sauces or anything to mask the Mother Earth vegetable flavor~peas, roasted zucchini or squash, steamed or roasted asparagus, succotash. I figure with all the crispy on the chicken I’ve got the carbs covered!
jamaican jerk oven fried chicken

jamaican jerk oven fried chicken

jamaican jerk oven fried chicken

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Oven fried chicken with jamaican jerk seasoning that's crunchy, and moist! Spiced with Jamaican Jerk and jalapeno sauce, your family will love every bite!


  • Preheat oven to 400
  • 1 cup flour, all-purpose
  • ¼ cup cornmeal, white
  • 2 Tbl. Jamaican Jerk seasoning mixture
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. smoked hot paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 2 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on (about 1 ½ pounds)
  • 4 chicken breasts, bone in, skin on (about 2 pounds)
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 Tbl. bacon drippings
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped, about 2 Tbl. + more thin round slices for garnish


The most important thing about this recipe is to have everything that you need ready: two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper for the chicken, a mixing bowl for the buttermilk/egg mixture, a pie plate for the flour/spice dredging mixture, and a large (12”) heavy skillet for flash frying the chicken + tongs

Combine the flour, cornmeal, JJ seasoning, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, tarragon, oregano and cumin in a pie plate and blend together well.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs. Put the chicken in the bowl and let it sit about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile make the sauce. In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat, add all the ingredients. Bring to a simmering boil. Reduce heat to medium, continuing a simmering boil. Stir occasionally and cook about 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Sauce will thicken.

Flash frying the Chicken: In a large 12” heavy skillet put the canola oil. Turn heat to medium high and let it get hot.

Take each piece of chicken and shake off excess buttermilk. Dredge in the flour mixture. Coat well. Put each piece of floured chicken on one of the parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

Place 4-5 pieces of chicken in the hot oil and fry on each side about 2 minutes getting a good golden brown crust. Use tongs to carefully turn the chicken then when both sides are fried, remove to the second cookie sheet. Repeat until all the chicken is flash fried.

Cover the cookie sheet with the flash fried chicken with double foil. Bake in a preheated 400 oven for about 35 minutes.

Remove the foil and cook uncovered the last 5-8 minutes.

Remove and serve the chicken with drizzles of the sauce and garnish with a thin slice of jalapeno.


With the jalapeno, it's the seeds that create the heat. So, if you want less heat, remove some of those seeds.

Be sure to wash your hands well when working with hot peppers!

Here's some information on removing the heat from Instructables

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