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Slow Cooker Sunday:  Jerk Chicken

I live next door to the most amazing Caribbean place – they serve to-die-for jerk chicken, coconut fried chicken (don’t even get me started), fresh aguas, and plantains. It is one of my favorite places to go with friends for a fun night out since it is BYOB and has great outdoor seating. Since my last visit, I have been dreaming about trying to recreate this at home. Normally in a recipe like this I would opt for skin-off chicken but I wanted to keep this more authentic and use the whole chicken as it is traditionally prepared. Feel free to substitute in chicken breasts, thighs, or pork tenderloin. It freezes great so make up a big batch and enjoy. It’s seriously delicious.

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken
Servings: 8
Serving Size: varies
Nutritional Info: varies
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: Drumstick 2 , Wing 3 , Thigh 4 , 4 oz Breast 5 *


    4 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar (leave out or use Stevia/Splenda for Paleo, low carb, clean eating)
  • 2 tsp allspice berries
  • 4 scallions
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2-3 habanero peppers, seeded (or jalapenos for less heat)
  • Optional: 2 cups chopped pineapple


  1. Add the lime juice, orange juice, garlic, thyme, ginger, sugar, allspice, scallion, salt, and red pepper to a blender or food processor. Blend/pulse until well blended.
  2. Taste and begin adding the habaneros/jalapenos one at a time, tasting the sauce each time until it is as spicy as you like. The spice will become a bit milder during cooking, so you may want to make it a touch spicier during this step.
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken pieces to the slow cooker and cover with sauce. Cook on low for 8 hours. If using pineapple, add in the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  4. Optional: If you want a crispier skin to the chicken, broil it for 4-5 minutes untit it crisps up. You can also remove it completely. For a delicious jerk sauce for the chicken, simmer the remaining liquid in the crockpot for 4-5 minutes until it thickens up.

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

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2 Response to Slow Cooker Sunday: Jerk Chicken

  1. Nicole on May 7, 2014

    Do you cook the chicken in the slow cooker with the sauce?? I’m assuming so…


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