Instant Pot Jerk Chicken and Mango Salsa
This Instant Pot Jerk Chicken and Mango Salsa is a one pot meal made complete with homemade jerk chicken seasoning using ingredients from your spice drawer along with basmati rice – works well for a make-ahead lunch or as a 30-minute dinner idea!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make jerk chicken?
Well, now's your chance to make a copycat version at home!
This Instant Pot Jerk Chicken and Mango Salsa is a delicious one pot meal that takes the guess work out of your favourite Caribbean dish and most of the spices are ones you can find in your pantry at home!
And I mean, anytime you add mango salsa to the mix along with some avocado…let's just say you can't go wrong! I think I've made this mango salsa maybe 3 or 4 times now on the blog, it's just so good! So bring the flavours of the tropics to dinner tonight, or your weekly meal prep!
I don't know about you, but one or my fave things to do to make meal prep a bit easier is to make some homemade spice blends and keep them on hand. I have a homemade taco seasoning, Italian seasoning, alongside a Greek spice blend and Cajun mix.
I sometimes buy the store brand spice blends when they require special ingredients I don't necessarily want to source out like Za'atar spice (mostly used in Mediterranean cuisine), but as it turns out, jerk chicken seasoning is way easier to make than you think!
So, what can I tell you about these Instant Pot Jerk Chicken and Mango Salsa bowls other than the fact that they are delicious and make a super healthy dinner. Let me fill you in on the spice blend first though.
How to make Homemade Jerk Chicken Seasoning
So the spices you need to keep on hand for this Jamaican jerk chicken is pretty simple, basically the following:
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Cayenne pepper
With this jerk chicken recipe, I don't really use too much cayenne pepper and instead rely on some jalapeno peppers to bring some heat to this dish. I de-seed most of them and chop them up really fine so the overall dish isn't too spicy, and then I also add in some other ingredients like lime juice, garlic and onions to finish the flavour and create somewhat of a marinade/sauce for the chicken and rice.
And speaking of rice, I've cooked it at the same time as the chicken with all of the seasonings to make this a true Instant Pot dump dinner.
That's the best part of the Instant Pot: the fact that you don't have to go through a bunch of steps. Just dump everything in, set it and forget it. I would be doing it wrong if I were to cook the rice on the side separately. Plus, while it's not necessarily authentic Jamaican jerk chicken, it is an easy version that also packs the rice with a ton of flavour. Sooooo good.
The mango salsa is kind of optional for this recipe but it does bring a nice touch to these bowls, and a pop of colour, especially if you end up using avocado.
But, if you're not into making the salsa while everything's cooking away in the Instant Pot, you can definitely use up other veggies in these bowls, like what I did with these Jerk Chicken Meal Prep bowls that I created last year.
I would suggest adding in some thinly sliced/chopped red pepper and some sort of green veggie like spinach in at the end of cooking time and let it all sit for 5 minutes with the lid on. That way you get your veggies in, and this Instant Pot Jerk Chicken is more microwave-friendly if you go to take these bowls as a work lunch.
Will you be making this Instant Pot Jerk Chicken and Mango Salsa?
When meal prep is this easy and delicious, you're going to want to make more of these bowls and celebrate the warm weather with some heat!
The Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 is the version I use in this recipe.
You could use this Jerk Seasoning if you don't feel like making your own!