Pineapple Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos
Jerk chicken with pineapple, made the easy way, in a slow cooker! Slow cooker jerk chicken is delicious served over rice, or use it to make jerk chicken tacos. One of the best crock pot recipes for Jamaican flavor on the main land.
We deserve a Caribbean vacation. The inbox is too full, the weekend too short, and the winter too long. The only reasonable remedy is to toss our bikinis and blenders into a duffle bag and make like a (palm) tree for the land of steel drums and rum.
At the very least, we must make for the kitchen for Pineapple Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos.
I realize I have small cause for complaint, since I still have (faint) tan lines from our trip to Kauai (follow my instagram feed for sunshine-soaked pics), but I’m longing for warm sands and island eats just the same. Since, jumping on the next plane to Jamaica isn’t in the realm of immediate possibility, I’m satiating my taste for the tropics with today’s Caribbean-inspired recipe for Pineapple Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos.
Variations on Jerk Chicken Recipes
Aromatic, spicy, and super juicy, traditional Jamaican jerk chicken is time-consuming and involves whole-spice grinding and wood-fire roasting. Because we need a beach escape—and dinner—ASAP, I’ve taken its essential flavors and adapted them to create an accessible, slow cooker jerk chicken recipe that’s perfect for weeknight dinner.
While working to develop this slow cooker jerk chicken, I found a large variation in traditional jerk chicken recipes. Almost all of them, however, had a few key ingredients in common:
- allspice berries
- Scotch bonnet peppers
- green onions, and
- fresh ginger.
To keep today’s crock pot jerk chicken recipe as approachable as possible, I swapped out the whole spices for ground and traded the Scotch bonnet peppers for jalapenos, which are a bit milder and easier to find, too.
The canned pineapple chunks are this cook’s exercise of her kitchen liberty. Pineapple (and anything canned) isn’t traditional to jerk chicken, but I love the way its sweet flavor contrasts with the warm spices, as well as its tropical flair. Plus, the pineapple juice doubles as a cooking liquid for the chicken.
To make the crock pot jerk chicken recipe, I simply placed chicken thighs in my slower cooker, gave them a massage with the spice mix, then scattered the other ingredients over the top. I picked chicken thighs over breasts, as they have more inherent flavor and can withstand hours in the slow cooker without becoming dry. No precooking of any ingredient is required—the slow cooker does all the work. This is weeknight dinner at its finest.
Serving Suggestions for Jerk Chicken
I served the jerk chicken with pineapple as a taco filling, topped with a bit of shredded red cabbage, lime juice, and scandalously non-traditional but unquestionably scrumptious feta cheese. The leftovers we enjoyed with beans and rice. I bet this slow cooker jerk chicken would be stellar served with Amy’s pineapple and coconut rice.
Cue the drums, fire up the blender, and let’s take a mini vacation with Pineapple Jerk Chicken Tacos. Bikini is optional. Rum and reggae are encouraged.
Pineapple Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos
An easy recipe for slow cooker jerk chicken with pineapple that’s perfect for serving with tacos, over rice, and even in slaws and salads. You’ll love it’s sweet and spicy flavor!
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
For the rub
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the chicken
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More slow cooker tacos for stress free weeknights:
- Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Pulled Pork Tacos from Well Plated by Erin
- Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Tacos from Foodie with Family
- Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos from Baked Bree
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