July 5, 2023 | Last Updated on July 27, 2023 by Patricia Valbrun
Bite into a slice of Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza with tender and flavorful jerk chicken, slathered in tangy BBQ sauce and topped with a melty blend of cheeses.
Are you drooling yet? Trust me, and you’ll be hooked once you taste this pizza!
Ingredients in Jerk Chicken Pizza
- White Sauce: Creamy and savory, the white sauce adds richness and flavor to the pizza. It provides a smooth base for the toppings and contributes to the overall deliciousness of the dish.
- Wet Jerk Marinade: The wet jerk marinade serves as the flavor powerhouse for the chicken. It infuses the chicken with aromatic spices, herbs, and a touch of heat from the scotch bonnet pepper. The marinade adds a bold and authentic Caribbean taste to the pizza.
- Pizza Crust: The pizza crust acts as the dish’s foundation, providing a sturdy and crispy base. It creates the perfect canvas for all the toppings and contributes to the overall texture and structure of the pizza.
- Chicken: The show’s star, the chicken, brings protein and succulent flavor to the BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza. Marinated in jerk seasoning, the chicken becomes tender, juicy, and infused with a compelling blend of spices. It adds substance and a smoky, savory element to the pizza.
How to Make the BEST Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza
This pizza creation combines the best of BBQ and Caribbean cuisine to deliver a taste experience like no other.
So, put on your apron, crank up the music, and let’s get cooking!
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees—precooked pizza bread with melted butter for 3 minutes.
- Create jerk seasoning using avocado oil, green onions, scotch bonnet pepper, chicken bouillon, cumin, ginger, parsley, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, brown sugar, pimento seeds, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Marinate chicken for 30 minutes.
- Pan-fry chicken in avocado oil for 4-5 minutes on each side. Set aside on a baking sheet.
- Make white sauce with butter, thyme, garlic paste, half n half, butter cheese, salt, and pepper.
- Assemble pizza: spread white sauce on the crust, and add jerk chicken, scorpion cheese, more chicken, mozzarella, red onions, and peppers.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes, then enjoy!
Step By Step – Making Jerk Chicken Pizza
As the flavors meld together, a sense of excitement and satisfaction washes over you. It’s an experience that leaves you craving more, urging you to take another bite to savor the harmonious combination of ingredients.
With each mouthwatering bite, you’re transported to a tropical paradise, where the vibrant colors and zesty flavors of the Caribbean come to life. It’s a taste that sparks joy, evoking memories of sunny beaches, rhythmic music, and carefree moments.
The BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza not only satisfies your hunger but also feeds your soul with its bold and invigorating taste.
The perfect balance of spice, sweetness, and tanginess brings a symphony of flavors that leave you in awe of the culinary masterpiece before you.
What is Jerk Seasoning or Jerk Marinate?
Jerk seasoning is a spicy and flavorful spice blend originating from Jamaica. It typically includes scotch bonnet peppers, allspice, thyme, garlic, onion, ginger, and other spices.
It adds a unique and bold taste to dishes, especially popular in Caribbean cuisine like jerk chicken or jerk pork.
By incorporating additional seasonings such as oil, transforms dry jerk seasoning into a flavorful jerk marinade.
Let’s Make it! – How to Make Jerk Chicken Marinate
To make the jerk seasoning using a food processor:
- Add two tablespoons of avocado oil, four green onions, two scotch peppers, 1/2 tablespoon chicken bouillon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, one teaspoon dried parsley, one tablespoon smoked paprika, one tablespoon onion powder, one tablespoon garlic powder, one tablespoon dried thyme, one tablespoon brown sugar, and four pimento seeds to the food processor.
- Process until smooth paste forms.
- Use immediately or store in an airtight container for later use. Enjoy the bold flavors of your homemade jerk seasoning!
What Kind Of Cheese Is Best For BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza?
The best cheese for this pizza is scorpion pepper cheese, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or any cheese that melts quickly with a kick.
How to Prep A Precooked Pizza Bread!
Preheat your oven to the recommended temperature, prep a precooked pizza bread, and place the bread on a baking sheet or oven rack.
Optionally brush with olive oil or melted butter, bake for the specified time, ensuring it doesn’t burn, remove from the oven, let it cool briefly, and slice before serving. Customize with your favorite toppings, or enjoy as is.
Frequently Asked Questions
How spicy is BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza?
- BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza has a spicy kick, thanks to the jerk seasoning. The level of spiciness can be adjusted based on personal preference.
What other toppings can I add to BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza?
- You can add toppings such as red onions, bell peppers, pineapple, or any other ingredients that complement the jerk chicken flavors and enhance the pizza’s overall taste.
Can I make BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza vegetarian?
- You can make a vegetarian version of BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza by substituting the chicken with vegetarian or plant-based alternatives such as tofu, seitan, or tempeh.
Can I make BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza gluten-free?
- Yes, you can make BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza gluten-free by using a gluten-free pizza crust or making your dough. Ensure all other ingredients, including the jerk seasoning, are also gluten-free.
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Best Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza
Wet Jerk Seasoning
- 2 tablespoon avocado oil
- 4 green onions
- 2 scotch pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon chicken bouillon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 4 pimento seeds
- 1/3 teaspoon salt & pepper
- 2 flatbreads for pizza crust
- 1/2 cup mozzarella
- 1/2 cup scorpion pepper gouda
- 1 small red bell pepper
- 1 small yellow bell pepper
- 1 small red onion
How to Make White Sauce
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2-4 tablespoon flour
- 5 stem thyme
- 2 tablespoon garlic paste
- 1 cup half n half
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup scorpion pepper gouda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
To make BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza:
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat the pizza bread with butter and pre-cook it for 3 minutes.
- Wash and pat dry the chicken. Create the jerk seasoning by combining avocado oil, green onions, scotch bonnet pepper, chicken bouillon, cumin, ginger, parsley, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, brown sugar, soy sauce, pimento seeds and salt and pepper.
- Let the chicken marinate in the jerk seasoning for 30 minutes in the refrigerator or overnight for the best results.
- Pan fry the chicken in two tablespoons of avocado oil over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side. Set it aside on a baking sheet.
- In a small pan over medium heat, combine unsalted butter, thyme, garlic paste, half n half, butter cheese, salt, and pepper. Simmer until the mixture thickens.
- Spoon a generous amount of white sauce onto the pizza crust, ensuring it is evenly coated.
- Add a few pieces, not all, of jerk chicken and half a cup of scorpion cheese.
- Next, add more chicken, one cup of mozzarella cheese, red onions, and red and yellow peppers.
- Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes.
- Allow the pizza to cool for 10 minutes so that the sauce settles, then enjoy!
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