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Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken

My family loves the island flavors of this Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken. It features the sweet and spicy flavor combination that always brings a smile to the faces around my kitchen table. Chicken legs are rubbed with jerk seasoning and baked until golden. Glazed with a sweet and spicy pineapple glaze, they’re nothing short of finger licking good.

Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken

Easy Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken Recipe

Just like you, chicken is a regular rotation on our menu. Because of this, coming up with fresh and new ways to make chicken is not only endless, it can be overwhelming, can’t it?  These jerk chicken drumsticks are made in the oven and the glaze is made while the chicken is baking.  It’s simple enough for a weeknight but, tasty enough for company.
Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken

How to Make the Best Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken Recipe

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken: 3 pounds chicken drumsticks , prepared jerk seasoning i.e. McCormick’s or similar, minced garlic, olive oil, brown sugar, salt and black pepper.
  • Ingredients for the Pineapple Glaze: Pineapple preserves, butter, shallot, red bell pepper, apple cider vinegar, red pepper flakes and garlic.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A large sheet pan with a rack or oven safe grill pan, a heavy bottomed saucepan, measuring cups and spoons, a sharp knife and cutting board. It’s also helpful to have a silicone pastry brush to brush the glaze onto the chicken.
  • If you’re unable to find pineapple preserves you can adapt using apricot or mango.
  • You can also make the following changes to adapt the glaze. Add one 8 ounce can of undrained crushed pineapple and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar to the other ingredients. You may need to cook the glaze slightly longer to give it time to thicken and reduce.
  • Store leftover Jerk Chicken chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It’s delicious cold, but you can reheat gently in an air fryer for a few minutes or a 350°F oven just until the skin has crisped again. Watch it closely and don’t walk away it can burn.


Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken

Side Dishes to Serve with Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken

The sweet and spicy flavors in this dish go particularly well with rice dishes and salads. A twice baked potato or a side of green beans would go well with this dish, too. You can’t go wrong with a dish of macaroni and cheese or any of your other favorite Southern side dishes. When you catch chicken on sale, whip-up a batch of this jerk chicken for dinner. For more chicken inspiration, also checkout my Parade article featuring 18 Ways To Rock Chicken Wings.

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Pineapple Glazed Jerk Chicken

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Resting time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jerk-chicken, jerk-chicken-recipes, pineapple-glazed-jerk-chicken
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 393kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 3 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tsp Jerk seasoning [i.e. McCormick's or your favorite]
  • 4 clove garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced or 1/4 cup red onion
  • 3 Tbsp red bell pepper small dice
  • 1 12 oz jar pineapple preserves
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes adjust to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Use an oven safe grill pan, broiler pan, or jelly roll pan fitted with a rack. spritz liberally with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Rinse and pat dry the chicken drumsticks. Mix together the Jamaican Jerk seasoning, minced garlic, olive oil and brown sugar to form a paste. Rub on all sides of the chicken. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Place onto the pan. Sprinkle the top with additional seasoning, if desired. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • While the chicken is baking make the glaze. Saute diced shallot or red onion with the red pepper in 2 Tbsp butter until softened, around 4 minutes, Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, mix well. Simmer for for 10-15 minutes until reduced by 1/4 then remove from the heat.
  • After baking the chicken for 30 minutes, brush with the glaze. Turn and brush the other side with glaze.
  • Bake an additional 10 minutes or until the juices run clear.
  • Remove from the oven and rest loosely tented with foil for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve leftover glaze warm on the side if desired.


  • If you're unable to find pineapple preserves you can adapt using apricot or mango.
  • You can also make the following changes to adapt the glaze. Add one 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple (with juice) and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar to the other ingredients. You may need to cook the glaze slightly longer to give it time to thicken and reduce. 


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 82g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. This is really good! First time with jerk chicken. I love the sweet heat recipe. .
    I did change the pineapple preserves to a pineapple combo pepper jelly and the dark meat to white.
    Thank you!

      1. Hello. Would love to make this recipe, but been having trouble finding the Caribbean jerk seasoning. And can’t find the pineapple preserves either. Can you tell me where I can find it? Thank you so much. LiL

      2. Hi Lil, usually jerk seasoning is easy to find on the spice aisle of most any grocery store. This includes places like Walmart and Target. You could use a different flavor of jam such as mango, apple, peach, orange or any other flavor that you may enjoy. Otherwise, Amazon does sell Pineapple preserves if you want to go that route.

  2. I couldn’t find at two well known grocery stores in a large city: Mcormick Jamaican Spice ( though found another Jamaican spice) or pineapple preserves. What can you substitute for pineapple preserves? I saw a mango passion fruit preserve, would this work?

  3. Hi Sharon, I can see how that could be confusing. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes. Make the glaze while it’s baking. After 30 minutes, brush on all sides with the glaze and continue baking for 10 minutes. That’s 40 minutes total depending on your oven, of course. Hope this helps.

  4. This sounds amazing,but I’m a bit confused about the bake time. It says bake chicken 30 mins. while making the glaze,then bake chicken 30 mins. Is this an additional 30 mins. before basting or the original 30 mins ? I can’t wait to try this.TY

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