Island Chicken Marinade

When traveling in the Caribbean islands I had the most delicious “Island Chicken” ever. They use different spices than we do here in the US and so I couldn’t really put my finger on the recipe … until I found this recipe for “Island Chicken Marinade.”

Now I know why I couldn’t figure it out. Allspice, brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon, cayenne, soy, vinegar…really I’d never have figured it out. But, this is it. The perfect recipe to bring a little island cuisine into your home.
Island marinade for Chicken 1


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1/3cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 3/4¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2 cup red-wine vinegar


  • In a large saucepan, heat the canola and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and let cook, covered, for 4-6 minutes- until the onions are soft & translucent. Stir them often as they cook.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, allspice, thyme, pepper, cloves, cinnamon and cayenne and remove from heat. Stir in the soy sauce and red wine vinegar and cool completely before marinating.
  • Marinate chicken for at least 2 hours, but up to 24.

Source: The Cozy Cook

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