If you’re wondering what to serve with your jerk chicken, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for jerk chicken.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with jerk chicken are sweet potato fries, Jamaican coco bread, fried plantains, and coconut rice. You can also serve a side of avocado peach salsa, Greek yogurt coleslaw, or grilled fruit kabobs. For a salad, try a bell pepper salad.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Coconut rice is one of my favorite rice dishes to serve with Jamaican jerk chicken.
The sweet creaminess of the coconut will contrast with the savory jerk seasoning wonderfully and help mellow out any spiciness.
And this recipe uses a mixture of coconut milk and coconut water to get maximum flavor without too much richness.
Why we love this recipe: you only need 3 ingredients.
Greek yogurt coleslaw
Greek yogurt coleslaw is a solid alternative if you like creamy coleslaw but aren’t fond of too much mayonnaise.
Greek yogurt is a healthier option but still has that cold tang that everyone loves.
Psst… this coleslaw is best when it’s been chilling in the fridge for a few hours.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a nice make-ahead dish.
Spanish rice and beans
Coconut rice doesn’t float your boat?
Try something more classic with rice and beans.
But this isn’t your traditional Caribbean rice and beans, it has a Spanish twist.
The bold tomato flavors are rounded out with spices like chili, cumin, and paprika.
Why we love this recipe: it’s super easy to make in bulk, and it’s budget-friendly.
Grilled fruit kabobs
Add some sweetness to your jerk chicken meal with grilled fruit kabobs.
The colorful fruits are coated in a sweet and sour glaze and then grilled until they are just starting to char.
It’s a great side for a summer party.
Why we love this recipe: you can grill a variety of sturdy fruits like pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, and peaches.
Jamaican coco bread
Stick with the Jamaican theme and serve some and warm coco bread with your jerk chicken,.
This buttery and soft side is shaped with a pocket for fillings, so you can stuff some jerk chicken inside and make a (delicious) sandwich.
Psst… a spoonful of coleslaw would finish the sandwich off nicely.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a detailed recipe to beginners can follow it with ease.
Shred your jerk chicken and turn them into tacos for a fun meal.
And why not try your hand at making your own tortillas?
You only need three simple ingredients.
And don’t forget to add your favorite salsa for a nice pop of color and texture.
Why we love this recipe: you can customize the tortillas’ color!
Spicy collard greens
Spice up your dinner with a side of spicy collard greens.
The greens are cooked in a bacon-flavored broth to infuse them with umami flavor, and then a sprinkle of hot sauce and red pepper flakes brings the heat.
The final touch is to add some texture with crunchy bacon bits.
Why we love this recipe: you can easily skip the spice if you want something milder.
Avocado peach salsa
Add some tropical brightness to your jerk chicken with a refreshing salsa.
Made with sweet corn, juicy peaches, and creamy avocados, this colorful side will transport you straight to the beach.
Psst… this would go great in tacos.
Why we love this recipe: you can experiment with lots of different flavor combos.
Sweet potato fries
Keep things simple with a side of fries.
I like sweet potato fries best with jerk chicken because of their subtle sweetness.
And these crispy goodies are tossed in a mix of fresh oregano, butter, and garlic then drizzled with some parmesan and manchego cheese – yum!
Why we love this recipe: it comes with a spicy aioli dip.
Another simple side option is this grilled asparagus.
Grilling the spears gives them a beautiful smoky flavor and this recipe takes things even further by adding roasted red peppers, feta, and kalamata olives.
It might sound strange – but trust me, it’s super tasty.
Why we love this recipe: you can chop the asparagus up and serve it as a salad too.
Bell pepper salad
Colorful and crunchy, this salad will cleanse your palate and add a cooling contrast to your jerk chicken,
Feel free to make this salad ahead of time, but don’t add the dressing until just before serving.
Why we love this recipe: it has plenty of variations – you can add cheese, make it spicy, or serve it with quinoa for something more hearty.
Cuban black beans
Cuban black beans might look boring, but they’re actually packed with flavor.
The thick, savory sauce is slightly spicy from the jalapenos, slightly smokey from the paprika and cumin, and then chopped cilantro brings some freshness.
It’s perfect for spooning over your jerk chicken!
Why we love this recipe: you can make it in less than 30 minutes.
Another traditional side that will add some sweetness to your meal is this quick and light fried plantains.
Pro-tip cut the plantain at an angle so there’s more surface area to get all caramelized and yummy.
These would work as a quick dessert too!
Why we love this recipe: it uses coconut oil for that subtle coconut flavor.
What sauces go well with jerk chicken?
To keep things traditional, serve a Jamaican jerk sauce with your jerk chicken. Other great options are a refreshing chimichurri sauce or a herby salsa verde. For something more creamy, try a aioli or a cilamtro lime yogurt.
The best sauces to serve with jerk chicken:
- Chimichurri sauce
- Sweet chili sauce
- Jamaican jerk sauce
- Cilantro lime sauce
- BBQ sauce
- Pico de gallo
- Salsa verde
What To Serve With Jerk Chicken
- 1 portion jerk chicken
- Prepare your jerk chicken according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: coconut rice, greek yogurt coleslaw, Spanish rice and beans, grilled fruit kabobs, Jamaican coco bread, corn tortillas, spicy collard greens, avocado peach salsa, sweet potato fries, grilled asparagus, bell pepper salad, cuban black beans, and fried plantains.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!