Authentic Jamaican flavours and chicken all slow cooked to tender perfection. Just a little bit of prep work and a really simple homemade jerk sauce, you have yourself a simple slow cooked meal with big flavours and just the right amount of heat. This is something a little bit different to try in your slow cooker, and great for batch cooking.
Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken
Jerk chicken in the slow cooker couldn’t be easier. You just brown the chicken in the pan a little, blend all the ingredients to make the spicy Jamaican sauce and then put it all in the slow cooker together.
No need to fire up the BBQ to make jerk chicken – let the slow cooker do all the work for you. You still get the charred skin from the browning, but slow cooking the chicken makes it deliciously tender and it just falls off the bone. This is a foolproof slow cooker recipe, and one you will want to make time and time again.
Why should you try it?
✔ A really easy way to make jerk chicken
✔ A simple homemade sauce
✔ For people that love spicy food
✔ A great value meal
✔ Great for batch cooking
✔ Freezes well
This sauce has all the quintessential Jamaican ingredients – thyme, peppercorns, chilli, spring onions, allspice and RUM! Yes, we put rum in our sauce. All the ingredients are added to a blender to make a really easy sauce, but you could buy ready made sauce instead if you prefer.
This recipe is definitely one for those that like a kick of heat in their food. The scotch bonnets in the jerk sauce are fruity, but fierce. Just the way jerk sauce should be. However, it doesn’t have to be that spicy, or spicy at all. We used 2 scotch bonnets, however you could just use one of none at all. Or, you could use more if you love spicy food.
Instead of adding brown sugar to the sauce, we added just a little honey so it gives the sauce some sweetness and cuts through the heat a little, but it isn’t too overpowering.
What Chicken Can You Use?
You can use any piece of chicken, like legs or breast, however we think that thighs work best in this recipe. Not only are they great value, but they are really juicy and have a lot more flavour.
What To Serve Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken With?
If you want to keep this meal really traditional, then serve it with rice n’ peas. Now, this isn’t the garden green peas that you have with your roast dinner. The “peas” in rice n’ peas are actually kidney beans. It’s a really great side dish with jerk chicken though.
You could serve it with plain rice, or even mashed potato. We also have it in wraps or pitas for an easy lunch and have served leftovers on a salad too.
Can You Cook Jerk Chicken in the Oven?
If you don’t want to slow cook this, you can cook it in the oven instead. Simply marinade the chicken in the sauce for at least 2 hours (overnight is better) and then put in the oven at 200C for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Can You Freeze Jerk Chicken?
This is a great meal for batch cooking and freezing. Just make sure it is fully cooled and then put in freezable containers (with some rice n’ peas too for ease) and then you can freeze it for up to 2 months. It will also keep in the fridge for 2 days.
How To Make Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken – step by step:
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Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken
For the jerk chicken:
- 150 g chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 limes (juice only)
- 30 g fresh ginger grated
- 4 spring onions (scallions)
- 2 scotch bonnet chillies
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp peppercorns
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 2 tbsp tomato puree (tomato paste)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp rum (optional, but it tastes even better this way)
- 1 tbsp allspice
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 100 ml water
For the rice:
- 100 g brown rice
- 0.5 mango chopped
- 80 g black beans cooked
- 1 carrot chopped
- 1 lime (juice only)
- Put the olive oil, lime juice, ginger, spring onions (scallions), chillies, mustard seeds, salt and pepper, vinegar, garlic, thyme, tomato puree/tomato pasta, honey, rum (if using), all spice and cayenne in a food processor and blend until smooth. If you don’t have one, then use a pestle and mortar.
- Chop your chicken breasts into chunks and put in your slow cooker.
- Pour over the jerk sauce and add the water.
- Put the lid on and cook in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.
- Cook the brown rice when the chicken has 30 minutes left (add the carrot to the rice 10 minutes before the end)
- When the chicken is cooked, take the rice off and drain and mix in the chopped mango, beans and lime juice.
- Serve the chicken on a bed of rice.