Slow Cooker Paleo Jerk Chicken

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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.

Jamaican  Jerk Chicken

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

Slow Cooker Paleo Jerk Chicken


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2-3 pieces of chicken

Slow Cooker Paleo Jerk Chicken


  • 5 drumsticks and 5 wings (or you can use a whole chicken or 5 chicken breasts)
  • 4 teaspoons of salt
  • 4 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons of thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons of black pepper


  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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{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Alexia August 4, 2013, 3:13 am

    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!

    • Louise August 4, 2013, 5:12 am

      Thanks Alexia – I got a friend hooked on this recipe!

  • Edwin August 13, 2013, 11:59 am

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

    • Louise August 15, 2013, 9:13 pm

      :D Love this one too :D

  • Cynthia January 11, 2014, 9:08 pm

    New family fave! So tasty!

    • Louise January 11, 2014, 11:07 pm

      Thanks Cynthia!


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