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I love to try different flavors when I cook, thus my current obsession with all things “curry“.  I went on a missions trip to Jamaica my senior year in college where I had the opportunity to try real “jerk” chicken.  All I really remember about the chicken is that it was different.   I was pretty neutral towards it — I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.

Given my history with jerk chicken, I was curious to see how I liked it many moons later.  It turns out that I'm still pretty neutral about jerk chicken, but it made wonderful chicken salad the next day! So why would I share a recipe I don't absolutely love and adore? Well,  I'm sharing the recipe because it's a good way to try something new.  The flavors aren't “bad”, they are just different and you never know if you like it until you try it!

Slow Cooker Caribbean Jerk Chicken

Serves 6-8     adjust servings

Preparation 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 whole chicken, around 3-5 lbs
  • 1 Tablespoon sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon all spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons large grain salt (like kosher)
  • 1/3 cup lemon or lime juice


  1. In a small bowl mix together sugar, all spice, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt.
  2. Place 3-5 balls of foil in the bottom of a large slow cooker. You can also use potatoes!
  3. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken, including in the cavity.
  4. Place the chicken breast side down on top of the foil balls or potatoes in the slow cooker.
  5. Pour citrus juice over the chicken.
  6. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on low for 4 hours.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 343kcal Calories from fat 209
% Daily Value
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 395mg 16%
Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 29g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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One comment on “Slow Cooker Caribbean Jerk Chicken

  1. Allison Lancaster on said:

    This sounds delicious! I will have to add this to my pinterest on recipes to try.