Caribbean Jerk Chicken Pasta

This has been a pretty busy couple of weeks for me. From a bridal photo shoot  to a Hanson concert (more about these later) to our wedding anniversary and visiting relatives we have been busy. It is because of this that I bring to you yet another quick and easy dinner recipe for those nights when you just don’t have more than 30 minutes to make your dinner. With chicken, 3 different kinds of bell peppers, onions and jerk seasoning it’s creamy, spicy, a little sweet and oh so scrumptious.

I am all for trying new things especially when it comes to seasoning blends. I love to see how different flavors work together. For this recipe I decided to jump into completely uncharted territory for me and grab a bottle of Caribbean jerk seasoning. Jerk seasoning is one of those seasonings that you don’t see too much. I’ve seen it in a few places and on a few menus at restaurants but unless you’re at a Caribbean restaurant chances are you aren’t going to see it. That really is a shame because it really is a unique blend of flavors with cinnamon, allspice, garlic, salt and scotch bonnet peppers. At first taste its slightly sweet but then on the back of the tongue you get a little spice. It really is the best of both worlds.

Caribbean Jerk Chicken Pasta Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons jerk seasoning
  • 1 pound dried penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream



Toss chicken with 1 1/2 teaspoons jerk seasoning.


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.


Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in diced peppers, onion and garlic. Cook 3 minutes. Stir in chicken. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through about 10 minutes.


Reduce heat and stir in half and half, sour cream and remaining tablespoon of jerk seasoning. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in drained pasta. Toss to combine. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve.



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    Nicola Duncan-kerr
    September 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Aaaawsome!!! tantalizing my families tastebuds.
    I used chicken spice to replace the jerk season. My kids are young, they can’t handle the pepper.
    My kids loved it, they made me promise it to be their weekly friday meal.

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    April 3, 2016 at 7:35 am

    used this recipe for inspiration. really good stuff, great combination of ingredients overall. only improvement i would suggest is to let that chicken marinade longer. i like my chicken real hot so i cubed the chicken, then let it marinate in Walkerwood for 3 days. was incredibly spicy, it was awesome.

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    April 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I made this the other day and loved it! I’m a big fan of jerk flavoring, so I was all over it. Thanks for posting the recipe.

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    November 28, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    My husband made this for our dinner tonight. YUM-OOOOOOOOOOOO! So delicious! And leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Thanks!

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    October 18, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I made this the other night. Sooooo delicious! As someone who loves hot & spicy, this will definitely be a regular!

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    October 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

    My friend loves jerk chicken, so making this for him.

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    October 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

    This is a great idea. Putting a wonderful chicken dish together with pasta… YUM!!!

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    oz Heelee
    October 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Love the recipe, but what do I do with the extra 1 Tablespoon Jerk Seasoning?

    • Reply
      October 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks guys! Oz- stir it in the same time that you stir in the sour cream and half and half. Thanks for pointing out the typo! :)

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    October 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

    YUM! This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it this weekend!

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    October 1, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I haven’t had jerk chicken in a while. We can actually get the seasoning at a local spice shop. Always liked it.

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