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Coconut Jerk Chicken Recipe

Coconut Jerk Chicken

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"Spicy jerk seasoning gives this curried coconut chicken a island twist that's not to be missed. Serve the chicken and sauce with a big bowl of steaming brown rice."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the curry powder, jerk seasoning, bouillon granules, onions, and garlic. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, add the chicken, and continue to stir and cook 6 to 8 minutes more. Stir in the squash and mushrooms. Reserve 1 tablespoon green onions for garnish, and stir in the remaining amount. Continue to stir and cook 2 minutes more. Pour in the coconut milk, tomatoes, 1/2 cup reserved tomato juice, and sugar. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve, using 1 tablespoon green onions for garnish.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 10, 2011

Excellent recipe. Loved the coconut flavor! I used boneless chicken thighs instead of breast and reduced to 1 tsp (actually 1 cube) of chicken bouillion to reduce sodium. Also used more butternut squash (about 2 cups) to increase the healthy vegetables.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 07, 2012

Dish was okay, if a little too tomato-based. I added fresh toasted coconut.


53 Ratings

Nov 01, 2011

In order to get some really deep, sultry flavors to develop, this does need to simmer for the recommended time of 35 min, preferably longer. Unfortunately, small cubes of chicken would be dry, tough and tasteless if left to cook for that length of time. Easy solution, especially if using boneless skinless breasts -- quickly sear the chicken pieces with the spices then remove from the pan. Continue with the recipe as directed, adding the chicken back to the pan for the last 10 minutes (or so) of cooking. I only needed about 3/4 of the coconut milk to get the results I desired, but as with any sauce (or stew, soup or curry), the amount of liquids can easily be adjusted. A different spin on curry... reminiscent of a rundown.

Dec 09, 2007

All of my family LOVED this, I did let it simmer for a little longer than the recipe stated because the squash hadn't quite cooked through. It was nice cooking for the extra time because the chicken kind of fell apart in the sauce and the kids liked that. Very tasty served with buttered rice and greens. I'll DEFINITELY make this again.

May 11, 2010

This was absolutely wonderful. My husband is from the Caribbean, so I was picturing a totally different result. In actuality it is more like a Thai dish. Didn't make any changes other than leaving out the mushrooms because I didn't have them on hand and simmering the chicken a little longer. Will definitely make again.

Oct 17, 2011

Delicious! I made a couple of mods, but not with a lot of deviation from the original recipe. Instead of 28 oz. can of tomatoes + added tomato juice, I used a 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes w/ onion & garlic; I increased the cubed butternut squash; and left my boneless chicken thighs whole. I let it all simmer together for 45 minutes on Low-Med heat, after browning the thighs and following the rest of the addition/timing per the recipe. Delicious on plain steamed white rice - for me, both adult-approved & kid-approved!

Feb 23, 2012

Amazing recipe! Would have been worth 5 stars if followed exactly as written, but felt like a few minor mods made it above and beyond delicious! Would use about half the suggested butternut amount next time. Before serving, I added the juice of one lime (really brightened all the flavors), 1 tsp salt (also really brought out the flavors) and 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper, which gave it just a little bit of a kick (the carribean seasoning we found wasn't spicy, so taste before adding this in case yours is). Some reviewers mentioned that the flavors needed a bit more time to really meld, so I opted to cook everything (except the chicken) in the crockpot on low all day. Then an hour before dinner, I added the cubed chicken. The flavors and consistency were perfect!

Mar 21, 2011

This dish is flavor-rich, but not overwhelming. Not too much of any one spick. We loved, and the kids loved it. With brown rice and naan. So good. We doubled the chicken and squash...


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  • Calories
  • 419 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 88 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 20.7 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 5 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 40.2 g
  • 80%
  • Sodium
  • 630 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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