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Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken -- Super flavorful and Super Easy Jerk Chicken with just the right amount of heat made in a crock pot. 
Course Main
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword jerk chicken, slow cooker
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 5 -6
Calories 372kcal
Author AfricanBites


  • 1 lime or lemon
  • 6-7 chicken thighs or 3 -3 1/2 pound chicken cut up
  • 2 teaspoons creole seasoning (replace with salt and pepper or chicken spice)
  • 1 or more Scotch Bonnet Pepper (Habaneros)
  • 6 garlic cloves , chopped
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ tablespoon allspice coarsely ground
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 medium onion , coarsely chopped
  • 3 green onions or scallions , chopped
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • ½ cup pineapple juice or pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon bouillon powder (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to season


  • Trim chicken of excess fat and pat dry with a cloth or paper napkin. Rub with lemon, and 2 teaspoons creole spice or season with salt and pepper
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the cinnamon, garlic, ginger, thyme, green onions/scallions, onion, habanero pepper, soy sauce, Maggi/bouillon, brown sugar, onion, nutmeg, allspice, white pepper  and pineapple juice or chunks. Pulse for about 30 seconds until blended
  • Drench the chicken with 3/4 of the jerk marinate, place in a zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. Try not to touch the jerk blend with your hands because it extremely spicy hot- If possible use gloves or just place the chicken pieces and marinate in the slow cooker so that they are tucked tightly. Cover the slow cooker, turn it on to high, and let it cook for about 3 hours or more
  • After chicken is cooked carefully remove the chicken and place it on a broiler pan or a baking sheet covered with foil. Be careful because the chicken would be really tender. You might have to use a spatula or tongs. Add a little bit of the cooked marinate on the chicken. Adjust the rack in your oven so that the top of the chicken is 4-5 inches below the broiler. Broil on high for about 3 - 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy and deep brown. Don’t walk away from the chicken – this really acts quickly. Broilers can burn food.
  • While the chicken is getting crisp simmer the the sauce from the chicken together with the remaining jerk marinade in a saucepan for about 5-7 minutes. or until reduced to desired consistency.Brush over chicken .


Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 571mg | Potassium: 429mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 21.3mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1.6mg