Only 5 ingredients! Grab your favorite jerk seasoning or use my homemade one for this quick, easy & healthy slow cooker recipe.
This is recipe 2 out of 5 in my 5-part series. I posted the first recipe, my slow cooker Italian chicken a couple posts back. As I stated in that post, I’m keeping the ingredients in this series to 5 or less to show you that slow cooking can create healthy, very flavorful yet very simple dishes. I love Caribbean food as you can probably tell from my posts. I make some sort of variation of Caribbean food fairly frequently. The idea for this came to me fairly quickly; black beans and corn go great combined together. I knew I wanted to use cilantro too but I didn’t have any fresh. I did however have some frozen cilantro in my freezer. I let it thaw a but before throwing it in. That’s by the way why the color of the cilantro is a dark green versus its usual vibrant green. For this recipe you will need your favorite jerk seasoning. Or you can use this:
This time I did something I rarely do – I browned the skin-on thighs first. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are my favorite cut of poultry to use in a slow cooker. I rarely take the time to brown my meat but this time browned the thighs in 2 tsp of ghee. For the corn and beans you can use fresh or canned. If you use fresh be sure to pre-soak them overnight first. If you choose to go the canned route (nothing wrong with that by the way), be sure to drain and rinse them first.
I have to admit that while this is one of the recipes that is great with 5 ingredients…but it’s better with 6. The sixth being one juiced lime. As you can see, I cheated. I was going to use the lime as garnish but I juiced half on top of the chicken prior to serving. So technically I ended up using 6 ingredients in this but fundamentally there are just 5. Other add-ins you could use include red onion, bell pepper and jalapeno.
- 2-3 lbs chicken thighs
- 15 ounces black beans
- 15 ounces corn
- 2 tbsp jerk seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- Add beans and corn to bottom of the slow cooker.
- Season chicken with jerk seasoning and salt and add to slow cooker.
- Top with fresh cilantro.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.
- Optional: brown chicken in 1-2 tsp ghee or oil over medium heat prior to adding to the slow cooker.
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