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Jerk Chicken

A super easy slow cooker jerk chicken recipe madefast and easy. You can also make an instant pot jerk chicken following this recipe. This healthy jerk chicken can also be made as an instant potjerk chicken.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Jerk Chicken, Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 317kcal


  • Slow Cooker or Crock Pot


  • 2 lb chicken thighs or chicken breasts

Jerk Sauce (Blend Together):

  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lime juice juice of one lime
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp of each onion powder, garlic powder, dried thyme, salt
  • 1/4 tsp of each cinnamon, paprika, ground ginger, cumin


  • Add sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (You may have to scrap sides once or twice).
  • Add chicken into slow cooker and pour sauce over chicken.
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours.
  • It's ready to serve, enjoy!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (You may have to scrap sides once or twice).
  • Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 5-6 hours. (May need an extra 30 minutes if completely frozen when placed in slow cooker).
  • It's ready to serve, enjoy!

Instant Pot Instructions:

  • Place chicken thighs in Instant Pot and pour sauce over chicken.
  • Cover pot with lid, seal and set to manual mode.
  • Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Pot may take a few minutes to get up to pressure.
  • Quick release pressure.
  • Remove jerk chicken thighs and serve with sauce in instant pot. Enjoy!


  • If desired you can use a 2 tbsp of a jerk seasoning instead of the spices listed in the ingredient list. 
  • Use the juice of one lime, if it doesn't come out to exactly 2 tbsp that is ok. 
  • You can sub out the water for broth.
  • If you want to shred the chicken, shred chicken and stir back into the sauce in instant pot then saute for 5 minutes to incorporate chicken and thicken the sauce a bit.