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Slow Cooker Paleo Jerk Chicken

Written by Louise Hendon on November 20
slow cooker paleo jerk chicken

The word, “jerk” originates from Spanish words meaning dried meat (hence the food beef jerky). So jerk chicken, which is a popular dish in Jamaica (see photo below), is made with a spicy, dry rub.

Although this dish is traditionally grilled, it’s actually much easier in the slow cooker! Just rub the spices on the chicken and cook away.

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

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In case you’re wondering what real jerk chicken looks like when it’s cooking, here’s a photo I took in Jamaica:
Jamaican Jerk Chicken

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Slow Cooker Paleo Jerk Chicken
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Serves: 4 servings
  1. Mix all the spices together in a bowl to make a rub for the chicken. If you don’t want your chicken to be spicy, then leave out the cayenne pepper and instead add in more onion powder, but note that the paprika will still make it slightly spicy.
  2. Wash the chicken meat in cold water briefly. Place the washed chicken meat into the bowl with the rub, and rub the spices onto the meat thoroughly – try to get it under the chicken skin if you can. The wings and drumsticks work well here because you can rub the spices under the skin easily.
  3. Place each piece of chicken covered with the spices into the slow cooker (no liquid required).
  4. Set the slow-cooker on medium or low heat (325F if your slow cooker has a temperature controller), and cook for 5-6 hours or until the chicken meat falls off the bone (slow cooker times can vary dramatically).
  5. You can serve the chicken with the bone on or take the bones out since the meat falls off so easily.
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Serving size: 2-3 pieces of chicken
Alexia - August 4

We love this dish – we’ve made it a couple of times now and had it with a massive salad on the side. It’s so easy, my boyfriend will prep it before work – put the crock pot on low and we’ve got a kick ass dinner when we get home 9 hours later!

Edwin - August 13

I made this one yesterday and I have been asked to make it again for the weekend! SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

Cynthia - January 11

New family fave! So tasty!

Tahirah Salam - June 12

Making this today!

Ferris Wheel - June 12

Please indicate if your recipe is AIP, FODMAP, NIGHTSHADE, etc…

    Louise Hendon - June 17

    Thanks – they are categorized. The categories are listed on the side of the page (on the bottom right).

Tahirah - June 13

I made this tonight and we loved it! I made broccoli salad to go with it and even made paleo mayonnaise for the dressing. This is just so much fun!

CC - June 17

Thank you for this amazing recipe!! After a long day I was so thankful to come home to a delicious meal. I used all drumsticks and set my slow cooker to low for 9 hours. Fall off the bone delish!!! This recipe will become a staple in my house hold. Thanks again!

Toni Jo Ramsey - June 19

This is one of the best chicken recipes I’ve ever made! And it was so easy! I didn’t use as much pepper. It was enough to coat 10 drumsticks. They were so moist and tender. Thanks, Louise!

Ellie - September 9

Could I make it with turkey thigh?

Pam - November 11

Can you use boneless skinless chicken breast?

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