If you've been searching for ideas for what to serve with jerk chicken, stop searching now! Here are 20 ideas for sides, appetizers, desserts and even drinks that pair well with jerk flavours! All are gluten-free!
- Why you'll love Jerk Chicken recipes
- 20 ideas for what to eat with jerk chicken dishes
- But first, what is jerk chicken?
- Best salads to serve with jerk chicken
- Perfect side dishes for jerk chicken
- Appetizers and starters to serve with jerk chicken
- Dessert ideas to finish your meal
- Don't forget drinks for your jerk chicken meal!
- More favourite recipe round-ups
Why you'll love Jerk Chicken recipes
You've decided to make jerk chicken for dinner. Great choice!
Jerk seasonings are sweet, spicy and smoky--definite palate pleasers! With the exciting flavours of the Caribbean islands, fiery hot jerk chicken makes a popular main dish for a fun dinner party wtith friends or a quiet Friday night at home.
These Caribbean Jerk Chicken Breasts, marinated in a fiery jerk sauce, let you savour the flavours of the Caribbean Islands! Cook them in an Instant pot, on your grill, or in the oven with this simple recipe.
If you're looking for a more casual meal, you'll love these hot and spicy Air Fryer Jerk Chicken Wings.
Or if you're looking for something a little lighter with the same delicious flavours, this Caribbean Shredded Jerk Chicken Salad is for you!
20 ideas for what to eat with jerk chicken dishes
And now you're wondering what to serve with jerk chicken! What salads and sides go best with Jamaican jerk flavours?
Not all vegetable sides pair well with these flavours, so I've done the work and rounded up a selection of ideas for you!
Whether you're serving jerk chicken breasts, jerk wings, jerk chicken tacos or wraps, here's a collection of recipe ideas that I know go well with those flavours.
But first, what is jerk chicken?
Jerk is a style of Jamaican cooking in which meat is either dry-rubbed or wet marinated with Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk spice mix is made with spices and a hot pepper, traditionally a Scotch bonnet pepper, but can also be made with habanero or jalapeño peppers.
Best salads to serve with jerk chicken
Those spicy, smoky jerk flavours need cool, refreshing sides for balance! Choose salads with fresh fruit for the perfect complement. Here are a few favourites!
Mango Black Bean Salad with Lemon Lime Vinaigrette
Caribbean Cauliflower Couscous Salad
Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Peaches
Strawberry Mango Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese
Perfect side dishes for jerk chicken
Rice or potatoes are always a classic choice and sweet potatoes are too. Looking for a rice dish for jerk chicken? Try this one!
Never-fail coconut rice
Rosemary Garlic Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Crispy Lemon Oven Roasted Potatoes
Smoky Sweet Potato Wedges
Appetizers and starters to serve with jerk chicken
Set the tone for a fun dinner party with one of these refreshing starters!
Seared Scallops with Mango Salad
Strawberry Mango Salsa
Avocado Green Goddess Dip
Dessert ideas to finish your meal
Carry on your Caribbean theme well into the night! After a delicious feast of jerk chicken breasts or wings, serve one of these dessert ideas that go well with Jamaican jerk flavours!
Caribbean Rum Bananas Flambé with Amaretto
Grilled Peaches with Honey-Lemon Drizzle
Showstopper Tropical Fruit Nut and Cheese Platter
Espresso Chocolate Ganache Tart
Affogato Coffee Dessert
Or keep your dessert very simple and serve sweet grilled pineapple or fresh ripe mango slices.
Don't forget drinks for your jerk chicken meal!
Ginger beer is always a good fit with jerk chicken or try one of these refreshing, palate-cooling drinks!
Grilled Pineapple Strawberry Sangria
Pineapple Ginger Agua Fresca
Whichever recipes you choose to round out your jerk chicken meal, you're guaranteed a seriously delicious dinner! Let me know in the comments section below which ones are your favourites.
Super helpful! I decided to make the Cauliflower Couscous Salad. So glad I did! Thanks.