Keto Jerk Chicken

If you follow me, then there’s one thing you’ve probably noticed: I’m big on flavors – no matter what type of food. Jerk chicken is no exception – so, as usual, this recipe is big and bold in flavor. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of spice – this recipe is totally adjustable to your palate! If you think habanero or scotch bonnet may be too much for you, go ahead and use a jalapeño – you’ll still get a bit of spice and a lot of flavor.

My favorite part is how quick and easy this is to make. It can easily be a busy weeknight dinner – and it’s always a huge hit in my house. You can grill it, bake it, or air-fry it – usually I like to grill it so I can get that smoky flavor, but it was raining cats and dogs outside so I air-fried it – and in 30 minutes, I was done! The chicken had a beautiful color and it was incredibly juicy and delicious.

Keto Jerk Chicken

Net Carbs: 5g
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Jamaican
Servings 4
Calories 577 kcal


  • Air Fryer


INGREDIENTS for chicken:

  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 medium habanero or scotch bonnet
  • 1 large scallion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 4 lbs chicken legs and thighs or any cut of choice

Cilantro lime sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweetener of choice
  • salt to taste



  • Mix all the ingredients in a blender and pulse 3-4 times.


  • Blend all the ingredients except chicken in a blender to make the marinade.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken in a ziplock bag and marinade at least for 3 hours or overnight for more flavor.
  • Discard excess marinade and grill outdoor or bake in the oven at 375° F for. My favorite and easiest way is to use the air fryer. Cook in the air fryer on the chicken setting for 30 minutes. Flip halfway through cooking.
  • Serve with the cilantro lime sauce and a salad.



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Serving: 4ozSodium: 803.8mgFiber: 0.5gCholesterol: 400mgCalories: 577kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 2.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 4.5gFat: 21.5gProtein: 84.3gCarbohydrates: 5.5g
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