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Crock Pot Jerk Chicken

Sometimes I get asked questions about kitchen tips and tricks, and although I don’t have too many, I do have one favorite. Most marinade recipes work great in the crockpot. Make the marinade and pour it over the meat in the crockpot, let cook for hours, and enjoy. The recipe below does exactly that – takes a jerk marinade recipe from this month’s Bon Appetit minus the oil – and turns it into a delicious slow cooker meal. I used chicken thighs and breasts for this but it would work great with pork as well. It also goes without saying you could as it was intended as a marinade and then throw it on the grill.

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken
Servings: 1/12 of recipe
Serving Size: 12
Nutritional Info: 106.1 calories, 2.2 g of fat, 1.8 g of carbohydrates, .2 g of fiber, 18.9 g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *


Ingredients

1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1.5 pounds bone-in, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 garlic cloves
2 tbsp fresh thyme
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tsp allspice berries
4 scallions
3-4 habanero peppers, seeded
1.5 tsp salt
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 red pepper
Salt and pepper

Instructions
1. Place all of the chicken in the crockpot.

2. In a blender, combine all the other ingredients. I recommend adding the habaneros one at a time and then tasting so you get the right level of heat. Pour over the chicken. Cook for 6 hours in the crockpot.

3. Shred the chicken and serve.

Note: Next time I make this I will do two things that I think will make it even better, and it was delicious. First, I will add in probably about a cup of fresh chopped pineapple into the crockpot with the chicken. I think this will add a nice sweetness to the dish. Then once the chicken is done cooking, I will pour the broth into a sauce pan and thicken it up a bit – the broth was great but it would have made an even more delicious sauce.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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9 Response to Crock Pot Jerk Chicken

  1. Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken | The Slender Kitchen on July 14, 2011

    [...] since I am usually just cooking for two. This recipe is a quick and delicious meal made with the Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken that I may like even more than just the chicken itself. I had to whip up another batch of the jerk [...]

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  2. julie on December 6, 2011

    I made this and with the leftovers made WW pita pizzas. I used a pita pocket topped with tomatoe sauce, pineapple, jerk chicken and low fat mozzarella cheese. 5 points per pizza.

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    • Kristen on December 6, 2011

      Yum! That sounds delicious. I am going to have to try it soon!

      Reply
  3. Haley on May 19, 2013

    Can you do 3lbs of boneless chicken breast?

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  4. Sarah K. on September 14, 2013

    How hot do the habaneros make this dish? Could I substitute it with another pepper?

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    • Kristen on September 15, 2013

      They are pretty hot. I would substitute jalapenos instead or even regular bell peppers if you don’t want any spice.

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      • Sarah K. on September 16, 2013

        Thanks so much!!! My husband likes spicy, but I am a bit of a whimp! ;-)

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  5. Katherine Marine on February 12, 2014

    I am so excited to try this, having lived in Jamaica and LOVED jerk chicken and pork. I’ve been trying to make a true jerk chicken recipe for years and the fact that this is crock pot plus has my WW points has me over the moon!

    Reply

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