Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken

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Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken is a quick recipe with fantastic authentic Jamaican flavors of peppers, onions, allspice and cloves and with no mess to clean up.

Jerk Chicken in the slow cooker

Jerk Chicken in the Slow Cooker is Easy

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken is an easier way to make a delicious authentic Jamaican meal than firing up the grill and you’ll have no worries about the smoke you’ll be making on the indoor grill or the peppers burning your eyes standing above the outdoor grill.

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken is actually a take on my classic Jerk Chicken recipe that I used to roast for clients (I would spatchcock the chicken and rub the mixture into it and roast it in a cast iron skillet for basically the best roast chicken ever!) but adjusted for the fact that I never have time or patience to keep my eye on the oven now that life is basically a circus.Jerk Chicken served over rice with sliced jalepenos

Jerk Chicken Spice

The herbs and onions in the marinade for this Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken is about as delicious and authentic as I’ve had. I de-seed and de-vein the jalapeno before using it but when I know I don’t have to share with a spice-wimp I double the jalapeno and leave the ribs in. Jamaican jerk chicken recipe made in the slow cooker

The added heat makes it an even more authentic version with the extra spicy kick. Plus since you’re using the slow cooker all that delicious heat mellows out a bit and melts into the chicken thighs which are going to be super moist and perfect for enjoying over a bowl of steamed rice or fried plaintains and a delicious Red Stripe beer.

Looking for more slow cooker chicken recipes? They’re a favorite around here:

How to make Jerk Chicken in the slow cooker

Tools used in the making of this Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Recipe:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. I browned the chicken in the cast aluminum insert before cooking the chicken on low, so I didn’t have a second pan to clean. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
AllSpice Spice Rack: I use this spice rack and fill up the bottles with freshly purchased spices. It’s basically one of the most beautiful things in my kitchen and when you’re working with a large quantity of spices, not having to hunt and peck through your cupboards makes everything go at warp speed.

Recipe

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Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken

4.91 from 30 votes
  • Yield: 6
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Jamaican
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken is a quick recipe with fantastic authentic Jamaican flavors of peppers, onions, allspice and cloves and with no mess to clean up.

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs bone and skin on
  • 3 green onions from tip to tail with root trimmed
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper de-seeded and de-veined
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the chicken thighs to a large skillet and brown them on medium high heat on both sides for 3-5 minutes.

  2. In a food processor add the green onions, onion, jalapeno, soy sauce, vinegar, vegetable oil, brown sugar, thyme, cloves, nutmeg and allspice and puree until smooth.
  3. Add the chicken to the slow cooker skin side up and pour the sauce over the chicken.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 , Amount per serving: 312 calories, Calories: 312g, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 110mg, Sodium: 809mg, Potassium: 288mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 190g, Vitamin C: 4.3g, Calcium: 21g, Iron: 1.3g

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Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken with white rice on plate

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken is a quick recipe with fantastic authentic Jamaican flavors of peppers, onions, allspice and cloves and with no mess to clean up.
Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken is a quick recipe with fantastic authentic Jamaican flavors of peppers, onions, allspice and cloves and with no mess to clean up.
Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken is a quick recipe with fantastic authentic Jamaican flavors of peppers, onions, allspice and cloves and with no mess to clean up.
Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken is a quick recipe with fantastic authentic Jamaican flavors of peppers, onions, allspice and cloves and with no mess to clean up.
Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken is a quick recipe with fantastic authentic Jamaican flavors of peppers, onions, allspice and cloves and with no mess to clean up.

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  1. I know my daughter would love this recipe but she does not like bone in chicken can the recipe be made with skin on boneless chicken?

  2. Hello I just came across this post this morning it was a last minute decision and had it on for about 3hrs is there anyway I can cut time in half

    1. You can cook it on high for less time. The important thing is that want to make sure the chicken reaches the proper internal temperature. Hope this helps.

  3. Hi! I’ve been looking for a great sounding jerk chicken recipe for the slow cooker for a while and finally found yours so can’t wait to try it. Just curious though: I found this info on another site: ‘The allspice berry, also known as “Jamaica pepper,” is native to the island and has a rich, spicy flavor reminiscent of a mingling of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.’ So….I’m just wondering why you mentioned all of them in your ingredients list except cinnamon? Is it because adding extra cinnamon would be too overpowering? Just wondering! Thanks so much!!

    1. I just found for my taste, the extra cinnamon flavor wasn’t necessary. But feel free to play with the spices and add some in if that’s what your taste buds like 🙂 My recipe is a bit milder so if you like heat, you can play with those pepper spices too.

      1. Thanks sooo much! For some reason it’s hard to find ground cloves…I’ve already checked 3 grocery stores and no luck. So maybe instead of adding ground cloves I might just add a bit more allspice. (Also, while I was typing my original question to you, I forgot to say that I actually had your Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken cooking in my crockpot. And it turned out amazing…just enough sauce to spoon over the chicken and some quinoa, a perfect amount of liquid…thanks for this simple and delicious recipe, it’s a keeper!!)

        1. Allspice would be the best bet for a substitute, just do a 1:1 swap. I’ve had luck finding ground cloves in an international market store (Asian Markets especially), but I agree not easy in regular stores. Glad the Honey Garlic Chicken turned out so well for you!

          1. Thanks! By the way, I’ve now also made this slow cooker jerk chicken recipe and it tasted sooo good!! I ended up adding cinnamon instead of the ground cloves and used boneless skinless chicken thighs…it turned out great—deliciously tender flavourful chicken and the kitchen smelled amazing too. It’s definitely one of my favourite chicken recipes but I’ll probably double the jalapeños next time since I love it spicier! Thanks again. ??

          2. So glad it turned out great for you and you like it! You’re welcome and anytime you want to trouble shoot a recipe or have questions, I love to help!

  4. I was wanting to make this but with only 4 thighs because we are a small family would the cook time still be the same?

  5. I want to make this for my family, but my kids don’t like spicy food. Does the jalapeño make the dish too spicy?

  6. Because i want to start this early in the morning, can i pre process/blend the ingredients the night before ?? So i dont wake anyone at 5 am in the morning.

  7. Although this did taste good, this definitely was not authentic Jamaican jerk chicken. It tasted more like a stewed chicken. This recipe is also lacking in regards to spiciness. I’m someone that can’t handle spicy food that much, but I didn’t get any hint of spice in this recipe.

    1. If you mix in about a tablespoon of jerk seasoning (not the power form) it will give it a more authentic taste and maybe switch out the jalapeños for scotch bonnet pepper.

      You may also want to try adding your own style to it, for example I don’t add the cloves because it’s not how I would do jerk chicken. The first time you cook it you kinda have to give yourself constructive criticism and figure out what’s missing or what needs to go.

      My parents are from Jamaica and this is how they’ve told me to do it.

  8. I live in a nyc apartment.
    I don’t have a grille, illegal, or slow cooker – limited space.
    Can i use the cast iron pan & lid or dutch oven?
    If so, on the stove or oven?
    Dying to try this!!
    Thanks!

    1. You can use the Easy Grilled Jerk Chicken recipe with a cast iron pan inside of your apartment with no issue. Enjoy!

  9. Sooooo excited about this recipe!! It’s cooking now and smelling so good in the house!!! Quick question – I have never had jerk chicken that wasn’t spicy. Is this recipe supposed to be a more mild version? It hit me (when I sampled lol) that it’s not really as spicy as I thought it might be. Just asking so maybe I can adjust heat next time!! Thank you for a great recipe – I’m taking this to a cultural event this afternoon!!

    1. This is a more middle of the road version because I’m tring to make it to please as many as possible but feel free to adjust the seasoning to make it spicier. So glad you love the recipe!

  10. Great flavor! I didn’t have allspice so I added a pinch more of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. I also added some fresh pineapple to the sauce before I blended the ingredients. I removed the chicken quarters out of the crockpot after 8 hours and they were fall off the bone tender. I wanted the ski crisp so I put them under the broiler in my cast iron skillet for a few minutes to make the skin extra crispy, yum! I also sautéed spinach, onions and pineapple together to add on top. A great recipe that doesn’t need exact precision to be an amazing meal!

  11. I have made this recipe 4 times so far & it’s one of my favorites. I make it with chicken thighs without skin or bone. I have an old time crock pot which means the chicken doesn’t get crispy, instead it falls off the bone tender which I serve over rice. Love the flavor of this recipe.

  12. Made this with my Fiancee last week and we LOVED it. I’ve never had Jamaican jerk chicken before and now it shot up to the top of our slow cooker recipes. I am planning on going over my parents tonight and cooking it for them overnight in the cooker. I was wondering if I wanted to reduce the sodium a bit but still retain the flavor…should I reduce the soy sauce or just get reduced sodium soy sauce? Otherwise wouldn’t change a thing.

    Thank you!!

  13. I had an issue with this. The flavor in this was great! I noticed this create A LOT of liquid, and I believe I read somewhere that this had to have minimal liquid? How can I avoid this?

    1. Be sure that your chicken is fully thawed before placing them in the slow cooker. You might even want to pat them down with a paper towel to ensure all liquid is removed. This should help with the liquid issue for next time.

    1. It’ll have a more liquid from thawing so it might not be as crisp in the slow cooker. If you have that issue, just place them under the broiler in your oven for a bit at the end. I’d love to know how it turns out for you.

  14. Do you have an Instant Pot version of the Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken? Or can you suggest how to convert recipes from “Slow Cooker” to “Instant Pot” ?

    Thanks!

    1. I’m sorry but I know nothing about the Instant Pot. I’m sure you might be able to find a recipe online with similar ingredients to follow.

  15. We made this with bone-in skin on thighs the first time and they turned out great! However, my husband is trying to convince me to use boneless skinless and I’m worried it won’t be the same! Should I adjust cooking time?

    1. I wouldn’t recommend using it because bone in skin on thighs have a higher fat content and skin to protect it from drying out where boneless skinless do not. If you decide to try, you might need to cut timing back by an hour depending on how hot your slow cooker runs. P.S. Try and talk him out of it, lol!

  16. Hi, we are a white meat/dark meat family. Is there a way that I can make this using both thighs and breasts without drying out the breasts? Also, I feel like I should be adding fresh garlic, or would that be too much.

    1. I would suggest wrapping the breasts in bacon to help keep them moist during the cooking process. As far as adding garlic, I say go for it. I hope you enjoy it!

  17. Do you brown the thighs 3-5 mins per side or 3-5 mins total before slow cooking? Don’t want to overcook, but also want to get some crsipiness.

  18. I’m curious, what is the consistency of your puréed ingredients? Mine comes out watery and grainy (probably cause of the onions, jalapeño). It cooks up fine, but just wondering if maybe my food processor isn’t that great. I process for a long time, too. It just doesn’t come together as a thick sauce.

  19. First I like to say thank you for sharing this wonderful. I have made this recipe twice in my crockpot. I would have to say the second time around was the best because after cooking I allowed the chicken to marinade inside the juices within the crockpot. I served with basmati rice and avocados. AMAZING!

    1. I usually don’t recommend putting breasts in the slow cooker for fear that they’ll dry out during the cooking process.

  20. I’ve made this recipe 3 times for different family members and everyone LOVES it. Chicken is tender and falls off the bone and the flavours are perfect! I’ve made it on high in the slow cooker for 4.5 hrs and on low for 8 hrs. Turned out great both times. Thank you!

    1. I don’t recommend using breasts in the slow cooker becuase they don’t have the same fat content to render down and keep the chicken moist. I know someone commented above saying that their breasts turned out tender so you could definitley try it.

  21. I made this last week cook it on high for 4 hours couldn’t wait to eat it. Have left over next day. The left over were much better the flower all soak Into the chicken already. Making it again today start early today so I will have flavorfull jerk chicken tonight. The meal was a hit in our family.

    1. how many thighs did you use?
      I’m hoping to put it on for 4 hours on high, as I don’t realistically have 8hours when I finish work.
      it’s my first ever time using my slow cooker and I’m abit apprehensive ?

  22. Made this and hubby loved it. I did place in oven at end to help crisp the top. Well be making it again, might try wings too!

  23. I made this this eve, however when I wen5 to it after 5 hrs, the base had become dry and I could smell a bit of a burn smell. I have added water and the marinade mixed in with the water and looks quite thick. I love the smell and can’t wait to try it but have I maybe made a mistake in cooking? 

    1. Oh no! sounds like you slow cooker might run a bit hotter than mine. Glad you were able to save it though.

  24. Made this is the oven the other night for dinner. I thought it was delicious!!! My husband and son, not so much. :(If you like jerk chicken this recipe is pretty good and easy to make. I definitely recommend it!

  25. This was a good recipe (especially since I got to use my slow cooker), but it wasn’t nearly spicy enough. I added a whole jalapeno instead of half of one and then I had to add quite a bit of cayenne, as it still wasn’t very spicy. I also made a few substitutions. For health benefits, I used organic olive oil in place of the vegetable oil, coconut aminos in place of soy sauce, and coconut vinegar in place of white, distilled. It could not have come out better. My whole family was incredibly pleased with it and I couldn’t believe how fast everyone ate, lol. Thank you so much for posting this yummy recipe 

    1. I’m glad you were able to adjust it to your liking. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to let me know how much you all enjoyed it!