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Jerk Chicken Pasta

This creative take on jerk chicken combines bite-size pieces of spiced chicken with pasta and a delicious tomato sauce.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 493 kcal


  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (I used 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts instead)
  • 1 tablespoon Jamaican jerk seasoning (recipe follows)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 4 plum tomatoes peeled, seeded, and chopped (I used 2 larger summer tomatoes)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken stock
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound dried penne or rigatoni (I used campanelle pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or parsley
  • Grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, or crumbled feta cheese, to serve (optional)


  • Cut the chicken into strips. Rub thoroughly with the jerk seasoning (wear gloves!), cover and let sit for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet. Saute the chicken pieces until browned. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not allow the garlic to burn.
  • Deglaze the pan with red wine, scraping up the slightly burned bits in the pan. Simmer for 1 minute and then add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, stock, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes uncovered, allowing the sauce to reduce and thicken. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil. Salt it generously and add the pasta, stirring occasionally, and cooking until al dente (see package for suggested cooking times). Drain immediately in a large colander.
  • Toss the hot, drained pasta with the sauce and add the basil or parsley. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes & Nutrition

Adapted from Eat Caribbean
Servings 6.0 * calories 493 * Total Fat 12 g * Saturated Fat 3 g * Monounsaturated Fat 4 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 90 mg * Sodium 559 mg * Potassium 382 mg * Total Carbohydrate 65 g * Dietary Fiber 5 g * Sugars 8 g * Protein 32 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*