Inside Scoop: This pressure-cooked Pineapple Jerk Chicken falls off the bone and is so easy to cook in the Crock-Pot Express Crock. Perfectly paired with a side of rice and beans.
We’ve been forever obsessed with jerk chicken! There’s just something so amazing about mixing spices, herbs and creating that aromatic sweet balance that makes us truly happy. When it comes to chicken seasoning, the jerk spice tops the charts.
Give us that irresistible combination of salty and sweet, and please, oh please let the chicken fall of the bone in the most perfect kind of way.
There are definitely some big things happening with this Sweet & Tangy Pineapple Jerk Chicken that we’ve cooked in our new (and really awesome) Crock-Pot Express Crock.
WHY THE CROCK-POT EXPRESS CROCK IS THE PERFECT WAY TO COOK THIS PINEAPPLE JERK CHICKEN
Okay, we’ll admit it, we FINALLY got our hands on the Crock-Pot Express Crock.
Whether or not the regular slow cooker should be upgraded has been an internal debate for a while and let’s just say that we’re so happy we made the upgrade. The Crock-Pot Express Crock creates effortless cooking.
First, there are 8 pre-set pressurized settings that makes one-pot meals like this pineapple jerk chicken a breeze. Think meats and stews, beans and chili, rice and risotto, poultry, soups, yogurts, multi-grains and of course desserts (Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Crumble, you’re next on the list to try!).
Also, the four cooking settings allows you to brown and sauté, steam, slow cook or pressure cook if you’re looking to make a meal in no time! Yeah, so it basically does everything, minus your taxes. Which is a beautiful thing because we’re all about meals that are quick, made in one pot and are super easy to clean up. It’s also just a bonus that the Crock-Pot Express Crock is both non-stick and dishwasher safe.
MARINADE, SET, COOK.
We used to think that a meal pineapple jerk chicken would take too long to prep and cook, but in reality, it’s quite simple.
If you’d like to save yourself some time you can easily buy a premade jerk seasoning, but the jerk seasoning that we provide below only takes an extra couple of minutes to prep, given you have all of the spices on the list.
Once the jerk seasoning has been prepped, all you have to do is marinade the chicken for a few hours so that it can absorb all the delicious flavours. Then, set it all in your Crock-Pot Express Crock or pressure cooker and wait around 15 minutes for the chicken to cook, and voila! Perfectly seasoned, fall off the bone jerk chicken done in 30 minutes or less.
Cook up some black beans and rice or use up some of that leftover pineapple and add it to this creamy coleslaw recipe. No matter what you choose as a side dish, the Crock-Pot Express Crock makes cooking anything so easy! Here are some additional tips for using a pressure cooker for this Pineapple Jerk Chicken recipe:
- Make sure you have enough liquid, at least 1 cup for the recipe to work
- Make sure the lid is always locked
- Use the poultry button
- Make sure you release the pressure before you remove the lid
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PINEAPPLE JERK CHICKEN
Now that you know we’re hooked on the Crock-Pot Express Crock, as well as this perfectly seasoned (and easy to make) fall off the bone jerk chicken recipe, we have to let you in on a little secret. It’s also healthy!
This Pineapple Jerk Chicken recipe is:
- High in Vitamin C, bromelain and beneficial minerals from the pineapple
- Is grain-free, gluten-free, Paleo (if using coconut aminos), and can be modified for a keto diet
- Is high in healthy fats, especially if you go for skin-on, bone-in chicken
And our very last tip for this delicious recipe is that if you’re looking for that famous char-grilled feel of jerk chicken, once everything is cooked add the chicken pieces to your BBQ for a couple of minutes to get that smoky and blackened element.
Let us know your thoughts!
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Crock-Pot Express Crock Sweet & Tangy Pineapple Jerk Chicken Recipe
This pressure-cooked Pineapple Jerk Chicken falls off the bone and is so easy to cook in the Crock-Pot Express Crock. Perfectly paired with a side of rice and beans.
- 6 bone-in chicken thighs
Jerk chicken paste:
- 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 Tbsp parsley dried
- 1/2 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp cayenne *optional for heat
- 1/2 tsp chipotle chili or smoked paprika (depending on spice preference)
- 1/2 tsp all spice
- 1/2 tsp thyme leaves dried
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1.5 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Jerk chicken marinade:
- 1 Tbsp jerk chicken paste
- 1/2 pineapple chopped
- 3 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 Tbsp low-sodium tamari substitute for coconut aminos for Paleo
- Assemble the jerk chicken paste and set aside.
- Pat chicken dry and then rub 1 Tbsp of paste all over chicken and set in a 9x9 baking dish.
- Take the pineapple and hand squeeze the juice out of the chopped pineapple, then place the pineapple and pineapple juice in a bowl. Add the rest of the jerk chicken marinade to the bowl and mix together until everything’s combined.
- Dump the marinade over the chicken and let sit for 1-2 hours, or overnight.
- Get your Crock-Pot Express Crock ready by placing the rack at the bottom and dumping 3/4 cup of water at the bottom (you don’t want the chicken to cook in the water).
- Place your marinated chicken on the rack and dump the remaining marinade over top of the chicken.
- Make sure the steam option is shut, close the lid and press the poultry button (about 15 minutes).
- Once finished, release the pressure and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, crisp up the skin by turning on your grill or broiler.
- Place the chicken thighs under broil for 5 minutes, until skin is crispy. *You’ll want to do this as the pressure cooker essentially steams the chicken so it’s juicy but the skin is very moist.
- Remove the juices from the slow cooker and use as a gravy.
Serve with: rice and beans, baked or fried plantain, coleslaw or salad.
It is so flavourful & super easy to make!
I might have missed it, but how much chicken do you use for this marinade? It looks like six bone-in skin-on chicken thighs in the picture, but I didn’t see it in the recipe!
Hi Jessica, yes it is 6 bone-in chicken thighs. Enjoy the recipe 🙂
Is it possible to prepare the plantain in the crock-pot?
Hello Julia, it’s nice to cook them on the stovetop or oven so they are nice and crispy.