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Jamaican jerk chicken thighs on a serving platter garnished with green onions and habanero peppers

Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Thighs is a quick and easy pressure cooker recipe for Carribean jerk chicken with spicy marinade.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword Instant Pot jerk chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 246kcal



  • 1 habanero Chopped. Authentic Jerk uses scotch bonnet peppers. If you have access to these, feel free to use them. Habanero is a close substitute
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce Can substitute liquid aminos or coconut aminos.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 green onions (scallions) Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger You can use 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 garlic cloves Minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken thighs I used bone-in.
  • 2 teaspoons Creole Seasoning I used Tony Chachere.


  • Combine all of the ingredients (except for the olive oil and chicken) in a blender. Blend well for about 30 seconds.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Place the chicken in a Ziploc bag. Drizzle 1/2 of the marinade over the chicken in the bag.
  • Seal the bag tightly. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight, to marinate.
  • Pour the olive oil into the Instant Pot.
  • Place the Instant Pot on the Saute function. Brown both sides of the chicken for 4-5 minutes total.
  • Drizzle the remaining marinade over the chicken.
  • Close the Instant Pot and Seal. Cook on Manual/High-Pressure Cooking for 14 minutes.
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, quick release the steam.
  • Cool before serving.



Habanero and scotch bonnet peppers are very HOT peppers. Be sure to be very careful during use. If you prefer a less spicy marinade, jalapenos can be used as a substitute.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 8g