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plate with two jerk chicken drumsticks, coconut brown rice and salad with mango and cucumber.

[Instant Pot] Jerk Chicken

Mary Clare Fraker, MS RD
The BEST homestyle Jamaican jerk chicken - extra fast and extra flavorful, thanks to your pressure cooker. These quantities can easily be doubled in a standard 6-quart Instant Pot - or even tripled in an 8-quart model.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Time to Build and Release Pressure 17 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 5 Pieces
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 pound chicken drumsticks or other cuts including wings, boneless thighs or breasts
  • 1/2 cup orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger root
  • 3 medium cloves garlic
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 2-4 tablespoons coarsely chopped hot chili peppers scotch bonnets, jalapenos, or other hot peppers of your choice - to taste
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, stems discarded or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


Blend Marinade

  • In a food processor or blender, combine the orange juice, ginger root, garlic, onion, hot peppers, thyme, allspice and soy sauce. Pulse until the marinade is finely minced and smoothly blended.

Season Chicken

  • Add the chicken pieces to the pressure cooker, then pour the marinade over them and toss to coat.

Pressure Cook

  • Close the lid, with the valve set to sealing position. Cook drumsticks on high pressure for 8 minutes. For chicken wings, cook for 12 minutes. For boneless chicken thighs, cook for 5 minutes. For boneless chicken breasts, consider first browning both sides of the chicken in oil using the cooker's Saute function, then pressure cooking for 1-5 minutes depending on the size/thickness of the breast (1 minute for thin cutlets, up to 5 minutes for large ~1-pound split breasts).
  • When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then carefully open the valve to manually release any remaining pressure.

To Finish Under Broiler

  • Use tongs to carefully transfer chicken pieces to a heavy duty sheet pan. With the oven rack in the top position, place the chicken under a preheated broiler for about 2-4 minutes; watch closely and take out the pan when the chicken has a touch of crispy blackening on its surface.

To Finish Over Grill

  • Use tongs to carefully transfer chicken pieces, arranging them on a grill preheated to medium-high heat. Cook for 2-4 minutes on each side, turning carefully to achieve even browning.