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Simple Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

Simple Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

Simple Instant Pot Jerk Chicken for a delicious weeknight dinner with a bit of spice.

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This Simple Instant Pot Jerk Chicken is inspired by Yabba Kitchen, Gealie Family Eatery and all of the Caribbean Restaurants I love so much. Why you had to move? I don’t know. But I can’t live without my Caribbean food and the loss of  my favorite Caribbean restaurants over the last few years has driven me to work diligently on creating these recipes at home.

For weeknights, I find it easier to just get a pre-made jerk mix for chicken. My simplest trick is to just use my favorite Caribbean jerk hot sauce as the marinade for my jerk chicken.

If you can only find the dry mix you can turn it into a marinade by adding orange juice, soy sauce, olive oil and red wine vinegar. There is a hint of spice in here but it isn’t very spicy. If you want to really kick of the spice puree and habanero pepper and add it to you mix.

Simple Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

I purposefully get a mild jerk chicken mix so that the littles can eat it. They are ok with a little bit of spice. If your family is not into spice, I would suggest adding a bit more OJ to your mix (whether you are using a dry mix or marinade).

So the best thing about this Simple Instant Pot Jerk Chicken recipe is that it (and the Caribbean Rice and Peas) became the staple of my half-marathon meal plan. I really needed to amp up my carbs and protein and this combination with some steamed veggies was perfect for that.

Simple Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

Makes 4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup jerk seasoning marinade

Tools: bowl, pressure cooker,  grill/cast iron griddle


Prick chicken with a fork and season chicken with salt and pepper. Then place chicken in a bowl and coat with jerk seasoning. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes if possible.

Add chicken and marinade to pressure cooker and close lid. Make sure the valve is in the sealed position.

Press “manual” and set for 10 minutes (depending on the cut of your chicken).

Allow to natural pressure release for 10 minutes then quick release.

Remove chicken from pressure cooker and set aside.

To add beautiful sear marks to your chicken, add a coat of oil to your grill and heat grill.

Once hot, place chicken on grill to add a nice sear (about 1 minute on each side).

Simple Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

Remove and serve with your favorite side dish. We love our Jerk Chicken with a nice side of Caribbean Rice and Peas and maduros.


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11 thoughts on “Simple Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

    1. I would decrease the cooking time if using chicken breast to 10 minutes. It does depend on the size of the chicken breast also. If you are using chicken breast that have been pounded flat or cut thin you can decrease the cooking time to as little as 6 minutes. I wouldn’t necessarily use more liquid but I would make sure the breasts are well seasoned.
      Hope this was helpful. Happy Cooking.

    1. Hey Beth,

      For the most flavor, I’d poke holes in the chicken and rub it with and additional 1/2 teaspoon of salt and jerk season (since it’s frozen marinating won’t make a difference. I’d also increase the cook time. I know a lot of people say that you don’t have to increase the cook time but I do especially if frozen chicken I’m using is thick (I’ve tossed a block of chicken in and had the middle come out raw). I’d increase the cooking time by about 10 minutes.
      Let me know how it turns out.

  1. Hi, I’ll be using boneless skinless chicken breast and wanted to know if the time should be increased and to what if so. I’f yet to use my pressure cooker and looking for different recipes to spruce up my chicken breast from being blind and or dry

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