Pineapple Chipotle Jerk Chicken

Pineapple Chipotle Jerk Chicken is like a party on a plate! Chicken breasts are coated in a homemade chipotle jerk seasoning blend, seared until golden brown and then simmered in a decadent sauce of pineapple and light beer. The perfect combination of Jamaican and Mexican cuisines! Boring chicken dinners are no more when this Pineapple Chipotle Jerk Chicken is around!

How to make Pineapple Chipotle Jerk Chicken:

Making this chicken dish is just as simple as it is delicious. You’re just a few steps away from a fun, flavor-packed meal!

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Mix together your own chipotle jerk seasoning blend. If you don’t want to make your own, mix together 2 tablespoons cajun seasonin with 1 tablespoon chipotle powder.
  • Coat the chicken with the seasoning and sear until golden brown on both sides. Set the chicken aside. 
  • Add the pineapple into the skillet, deglaze with light beer and then add the chicken back in. 
  • Simmer until the chicken is cooked through and oh-so delicious!

Different ways to serve Pineapple Chipotle Jerk Chicken:

Since both Jamaican and Mexican cuisines are combined in this fun chicken dinner, there’s several ways that you can serve this! 

  • Keep it tropical: serve it with fresh/grilled pineapple (or a pineapple or mango salsa) and rice! I highly recommend my Coconut Cilantro Rice
  • Make a burrito bowl: use the Coconut Cilantro Rice as a base, top with the chicken, avocado/guac, salsa of choice, cheese, beans if desired or lettuce!
  • Tacos or burritos: go off of the same options as above but add in some taco shells! You can never go wrong with a good taco!
  • Quesadilla: toss the leftovers into a quesadilla the next day – you won’t be disappointed!

Pineapple Chipotle Jerk Chicken quickly became one of our new favorites – there’s just so much flavor in every bite! We loved eating this as leftovers too. Serve it up with a fun cocktail (Strawberry Smash Peach Margaritas, anyone?) to have a little party in your own kitchen (perfect Cinco de Mayo option!), or add it to your weekly rotation for a fun family meal!

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Pineapple Chipotle Jerk Chicken


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x

Description

Pineapple Chipotle Jerk Chicken is like a party on a plate! Chicken breasts are coated in a homemade chipotle jerk seasoning blend, seared until golden brown and then simmered in a decadent sauce of pineapple and light beer. The perfect combination of Jamaican and Mexican cuisines! Boring chicken dinners are no more when this Pineapple Chipotle Jerk Chicken is around!


Ingredients

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For the chipotle jerk seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

For the chicken:

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup cubed pineapple, either fresh or canned that has been drained
  • 12 oz light beer

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the chipotle jerk seasoning together in a small bowl. Evenly coat the chicken breasts with all of the seasoning.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sear the chicken breasts for a few minutes on each side, or until each side is golden brown. Don’t worry about cooking all the way through at this point. Set the chicken aside on a plate for later use.
  3. Add the pineapple pieces into the skillet and lightly sauté. Deglaze the pan with the beer and bring the sauce to a simmer. Nestle the chicken back into the sauce, cover with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Let simmer, covered, on low for about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid and allow to simmer uncovered for about 5-10 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced slightly. Serve the chicken with the sauce spooned over the top. If you are not a fan of cooked pineapple, discard the pineapple pieces before serving. Can also be served with additional fresh pineapple. Enjoy!

Notes

  • This recipe can be used for any cut of chicken! Chicken breasts, tenders or thighs work great.
  • If you are concerned about using beer, try to find a non-alcoholic light beer or use chicken stock in place of the beer.
  • Discard the pineapple pieces before serving if you are not a fan of cooked pineapple.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes

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