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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.

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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. 

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I first learned about Jerk Chicken Soup from my cousin in Jamaica who owned a restuarant 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.

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How to Make Jerk Chicken Soup?

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. 

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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Jerk Chicken Soup

This Jerk Chicken Soup is a delicious Caribbean spin on traditional chicken soup. With the perfect amount of spice and warmth, this recipe is the perfect soup. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword jerk chicken soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Time to get to pressure 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 233kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup jerk seasoning
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 green scallions chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato chopped
  • ½ green pepper chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 14.5 oz can red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 oz can whole kernel corn drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth separated
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • cilantro garnish


  • Wash and pat chicken thighs dry. Pour jerk seasoning over the the chicken and combine, making sure that all the chicken thighs are covered with the seasoning.
  • Set Instant Pot to sauté, select more so that the sauté setting will be on high heat.
  • Once Instant Pot says hot, add vegetable oil. Place 2-3 pieces of chicken in the Instant Pot. Cook each side until browned (about 2 minutes per side). Cook in batches until all chicken thigh pieces have been browned. Set to the side.
  • Once all chicken pieces are removed, add about ¼ cup chicken broth to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Use a wooden spoon to get up all of the brown bits on the bottom.
  • Add yellow onion, green pepper, minced garlic, and green onions. Stir until onions are softened, about 3 minutes. Turn off Instant Pot. Add sweet potato, red kidney beans, corn, and chicken broth. Place browned chicken thighs on top of the soup, ensuring that the chicken thighs are in the liquid. Cover and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Once pressure cook cycle is complete, allow soup to natural release for 10 minutes, then release the remaing pressure. Once all pressure is released, open lid and stir, shredding the chicken as you stir. Add coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper and top with cilantro. 




Notes on Jerk Chicken Soup


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 679mg | Potassium: 509mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 21.9mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
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Step by Step Photos of Jerk Chicken Soup

chicken covered in jerk seasoning
Cover chicken thighs with jerk seasoning. 

chicken thighs in instant pot
Sear the chicken thighs over high heat in the Instant Pot, on the sauté function, about 2 minutes per side. Once done, degaze your pan with chicken broth. 

onions and peppers in instant pot
Once pot is deglazed, add onions, green pepper, garlic, and scallions. Sauté until onions soften. 

ingredients for jerk chicken soup in instant pot
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. 

jerk chicken soup in instant pot pot
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. 

final photo of jerk chicken soup
Garnish with cilantro and Enjoy 🙂

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Recipe Rating


Saturday 13th of June 2020

Hi do you try it with dumplings yet?


Wednesday 4th of March 2020

This was great! I used a huge chicken breast, two small sweet potatoes and a red bell pepper since that was what I had on hand. It turned out excellent with just the right amount of heat and excellent seasoning with the Walkerswood. Will definitely make again!


Sunday 1st of December 2019

This is truly delicious. I used bone in chicken breasts (pre-seasoned Trini style and further marinated in the jerk sauce for about 8 hours) and beef stock (cause it was already opened and needed to be used) and forgot to pick up a green pepper. Otherwise, I stuck to the recipe and I will def be making it again. I hope this freezes well... I have a tendency to freeze half of any soup I make so that I can easily revisit it when I inevitably don't feel like cooking in a couple week's time.

Thank you for this!

Miss vee

Monday 4th of November 2019

Hi tanya could i add dumplings to this soup if so would it cook through at 15 minutes in the pressure cooker


Tuesday 5th of November 2019

Hi Miss Vee, I haven't added dumplings yet (I need to, my husband keeps asking me to) but they should cook in the time frame. Since it takes a little while to rise to pressure, your dumplings have enough time to cook through.


Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Hi! I only have chicken breast this time around can I make it with that instead? And what would the time be?? I’ve made this recipe so many times and every time it’s been Soo delicous!! So thank you. So many compliments


Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Thank you Mimi! You can use chicken breast instead. I'd keep the cooktime the same.