This Jerk Chicken Soup is a delicious spin on traditional chicken soup. Made with an authentic jerk seasoning, sweet potato, beans, and corn. Have a taste of the Caribbean with this amazing and flavorful soup.
Jerk chicken soup? That’s usually the question I get when I talk about this recipe. Yes, it’s a little different but it’s oh so tasty.
I love using Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning when it comes to my jerk recipes. I use it in my Air Fried Jamaican Jerk Pork and I even make bbq sauce with it.
I first learned about Jerk Chicken Soup from my cousin in Jamaica who owned a restaurant on the island. According to him, jerk chicken soup was one of the most popular items on the menu. I’ve had Jamaican pumpkin soup and fish soup, but this was the first I even heard of a jerk chicken soup.
I recreated the dish at home in my Instant Pot because it is my go to vessel for creating soups. I choose to sear my chicken pieces first to give the soup more flavor. Since the Instant Pot has a pretty reliable sear option, it works great for this recipe.
How to Make Jerk Chicken Soup?
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First, you’ll want to rub your chicken thighs with the jerk seasoning and sear it in the Instant Pot. This gives the soup so much flavor. The bottom of your pot will get dark but that’s ok.
Make sure you do not overcrowd your pot when searing or your chicken won’t brown properly. I cook in batches and I usually place 2-3 pieces at a time. I then set it aside.
Next, you will deglaze your Instant Pot with a little chicken broth. This is an important step whenever you use the sauté feature on your Instant Pot. Prior to pressure cooking, all brown bits should be removed from the bottom of the instant Pot. Use a wooden spoon to delgaze properly.
Once you’ve deglazed, you will add your onions, garlic, and green pepper and cook until the onions soften. Then you’ll add the remainder of the ingredients, including the browned chicken, and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Once the pressure cooking cycle is complete, I allow it to natural release for 10 minutes, then I release any remaining pressure.
Once I open the lid, I give my soup a nice stir to break up the chicken thighs. I then add some coconut milk to lighten it up and calm down the spice. I then add salt and pepper to the pot.
How Long to Cook Soup in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker?
It truly depends on the recipe on how long you will cook your soup. I’ve cooked soups for as little as 10 minutes and some as long as 30. I like to cook this soup at 15 to ensure that my flavors develop and that my thighs cook to the point that they shred once my soup is done.
Step by Step Cooking Jerk Chicken Soup
Cover chicken thighs with jerk seasoning.
Sear the chicken thighs over high heat in the Instant Pot, on the sauté function, about 2 minutes per side. Once done, deglaze your pan with chicken broth.
Once pot is deglazed, add onions, green pepper, garlic, and scallions. Sauté until onions soften.
Turn off Instant Pot. Add the remaining ingredients (except coconut milk) and chicken thighs back to pot. Making sure that the chicken thighs are covered by the liquid.
Cook soup on high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow to natural release for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure. Stir to break up chicken pieces. Add coconut milk.
Garnish with cilantro and Enjoy!
Can you sub ingredients in the Soup?
You sure can. I’ve used celery in this recipe, black beans, and carrots before. The possibilities are endless. You could use your very own jerk seasoning but I highly recommend Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning if you want a real authentic jerk flavor.
Hope you enjoy this Jerk Chicken Soup recipe as much as we do
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