What to Serve with Jerk Chicken (20+ Best Sides)

Wondering what to serve with jerk chicken to make your meal even more special? I’ve got you covered! From classic sides to new ideas, this post will show you the perfect additions to serve with your jerk chicken dinner.

Jerk chicken is a delicious and flavorful dish that is perfect for any occasion. It is traditionally made with chicken that has been marinated in a jerk spice blend, which typically includes allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, and garlic. The chicken is then grilled or smoked until it is cooked through and has a crispy skin.

Jerk chicken can be served on its own, but it is often accompanied by a variety of sides. Here are 25 of the best sides for jerk chicken:

The BEST Sides for Jerk Chicken

Ears of corn on the cob in a grey serving dish with a pat of butter and sprinkling of parsley.
Learn how to make the BEST Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. This pressure cooker corn on the cob recipe uses a simple, secret ingredient to guarantee that your corn is sweet, tender and delicious! 
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Jamaican Rice and Peas
Authentic Jamaican rice and peas (rice and beans) that’s loaded with big flavor from coconut milk, thyme, spices, and more! So delicious!
RECIPE from Butter be Ready
Jamaican Rice and Peas
Overhead close up of zucchini fries on platter.
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries with Lemon Tarragon Aioli are perfect for snacking. Strips of zucchini, coated in panko cook up perfectly crispy in the air fryer. Dip them in an easy-to-prepare creamy aioli flavored with tarragon and lemon. 
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
Macaroni Salad Recipe
Macaroni Salad is a real soul-food classic with simple ingredients and big-time flavor to pair with fried chicken or barbecue entrees.
RECIPE from African Bites
Macaroni Salad
Serving spoon in bowl of tomato cucumber salad.
This Tomato Cucumber Salad features fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and crisp red onion. Dressed in a tangy homemade red wine vinaigrette, every bite is bursting with refreshing Mediterranean flavors!
Tomato Cucumber Salad
Overhead close up of cooked canned corn in serving bowl with spoon.
Learn how to instantly turn an ordinary vegetable into an extraordinary side dish with this easy canned corn recipe! It covers everything, from how to cook canned corn on the stovetop to how to dress it up with seasonings and flavor boosters to what to serve with it for a meal to remember.
Canned Corn
These sweet fried plantain slices or platanos maduros are fried until crispy and caramelized. Made in under 10 minutes.
RECIPE from Cooked by Julie
Fried Plantains
Sauteed zucchini and squash in skillet.
You can serve Sauteed Zucchini and Squash with practically anything! It’s a simple side dish that showcases sliced and seared summer squash and savory Italian flavors.
Sauteed Zucchini
CLOSE UP OF ROASTED SWEET POTATOES ON SERVING TRAY WITH SPOON.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a salty, crispy, savory, and slightly sweet side dish you can pair with almost anything! Lightly spiced and so simple, this easy recipe is a total crowd pleaser and a must-have for weeknight dinners.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sauteed spinach in white bowl.
Add a healthy boost of nutrients to your dinner with this easy Sauteed Spinach. Baby spinach is added to a skillet along with garlic and olive oil, then sauteed gently to create a simple side dish that pairs with any meal!
Sauteed Zucchini
These healthy yuca fries are so good! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You’ll love eating these as a snack or side dish!
RECIPE from Jar of Lemons
Crispy Yuca Fries
Black beans in white bowl with spoon.
These Slow Cooker Black Beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version! No soaking required. Perfect for meal prep or as a side dish to your favorite tacos, salads, or protein bowls.
Slow Cooker Black Beans
This Jamaican Festival recipe is a homemade version of the popular Jamaican snack. Made with a few simple ingredients, this delicious fried sweet dough is the perfect side dish for your favorite Jamaican recipes.
RECIPE from My Forking Life
Jamaican Festival (Sweet Dumpling)
Black eyed peas in white bowl topped with scoops of rice.
{No Soak} Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas cook up quickly with the help of your pressure cooker. Serve this traditional side dish on New Year's for good luck!
Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
Crispy smashed potatoes on black plate next to bowl of mojo sauce.
These Easy Smashed Potatoes with Mojo Sauce are the most delicious side dish! Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Smashed Potatoes
Overhead shot of mac and cheese in speckled bowl with spoon and grated cheddar scattered about.
This is the BEST Instant Pot Mac and Cheese! Made extra creamy with a secret ingredient plus delicious cheddar & parmesan cheese. It can be made in just 4 minutes with your electric pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
Hands holding bowl of mashed sweet potatoes.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Ultra creamy, flavorful and delicious and made with only 3-ingredients! No hand mashing required. Let your stand mixer do all the work for you! 
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
These hushpuppies are super crunchy on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside.
RECIPE from Baking Beauty
Hush Puppies
This fried okra recipe is fresh sliced okra coated in buttermilk and a seasoned cornmeal mixture, then deep fried until golden brow and crispy.
RECIPE from Dinner at the Zoo
Fried Okra
Overhead close up of combined vinegar slaw in large white mixing bowl.
Red Cabbage Slaw is a super simple side dish recipe made without mayo. It’s tangy, delicious and crunchy. 
Red Cabbage Slaw
Are you ready for the absolute best tasting cornbread? This Brown Sugar Cornbread recipe is golden on top, fluffy in the middle, and tastes amazing with hints of molasses.
RECIPE from Bellyfull
Brown Sugar Cornbread
Peppers with grill marks scattered on counter.
Learn how to make perfectly tender and blistered Grilled Bell Peppers at home! It’s one of the best and easiest side dishes you can add to burrito bowls, fajitas, or pair with grilled meats.
Grilled Peppers

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these jerk chicken side dish recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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What to Serve with Jerk Chicken: 20+ Sides

Wondering what to serve with jerk chicken? From classic sides to new ideas, here's 25+ side dishes to serve with your jerk chicken dinner. This pressure cooker corn on the cob recipe uses a simple, secret ingredient to guarantee that your corn is sweet, tender and delicious! 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Time for Pressure to Build: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 5-6 ears corn (husks removed)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  • Add trivet to the Instant Pot and add water and sugar.
  • Place corn in the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on MANUAL (High Pressurfor 3 minutes.
  • When the time is up, quick release any remaining pressure and then remove the lid.
  • Use tongs to carefully remove the hot ears of corn from the pot.
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Equipment

Trivet
Tongs

Nutrition

Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 2g

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