Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

October 19, 2019

This Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza is one of the best versions of taking a traditional staple—-jerk chicken and using it to re-create something phenomenal. It comes based in a spicy-sweet BBQ jerk sauce and loaded with mozzarella cheese, bell peppers, onions, kale, jerk chicken, and scotch bonnet pepper (for an extra kick of heat). It’s just too delicious not to try and it’s bursting with savoriness and flavor. Perfect for any lunch or dinner meal and is made in just 20 short minutes.

Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

The weekend has finally arrived and I can’t believe that we’re already halfway through October. Where has the time flown?

So unbelievable. Before you know it, it’s that time again for all things Christmas. INSANE!

However, I’m definitely excited about the holidays ahead and the entire production of holiday baking. I’ve already begun my planning and I’m expecting for things to get really hectic beginning next month. But hey—-it’s a good hectic, right? Haha.

Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

But can we talk about pizzas for a sec? I love making my own pizzas lately—this Veggie Pizza and Hawaiian BBQ Buffalo Chicken Pizza are by far my faves on Orchids + Sweet Tea.

They are super easy and only require a few ingredients.

However, I must say that this jerk chicken pizza took it to a whole other level for me. Honestly, whenever I get a chance to share some personal faves from my past and upbringing, whether from my Jamaican background or Southern roots, I’m the most excited.

Moreover, this pizza was inspired by my love for jerk chicken and equal love for spicy flavors (I got that from my Grandfather!).

Want To Try More Jamaican-Inspired Dishes?

These Spicy Jamaican Lentil + Quinoa Vegan Patties are truly something amazing! Wrapped in a nice parsley-infused, flaky crust, and stuffed entirely with curried lentil, quinoa, veggies, and nutritional yeast, these patties will leave you forgetting that it’s totally meat-less and convinced that vegan patties are the new ‘foodie’ favorite!

Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

Wait. There’s More!

This Spicy Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas recipe is a great homage to the traditional popular Jamaican dish. Made with a flavorful coconut milk base and seasoned with traditional Caribbean spices, this bowl of goodness comes packed with red kidney beans, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, red onions, dumplings, and a kick of heat for those who enjoy a bit of spiciness. Served with brown or basmati rice.

This Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge recipe is a healthier take on the delicious traditional Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge which includes boldly sweet flavor and is beautifully textured. This version of porridge boasts it’s creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut cornmeal used, and a generous play on spices and freshly topped berries and toasted pecans, which all create quite the experience in just one bowl. The perfect way to start your day! Vegan option available.

This Oven Baked Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad recipe is a really great combination of spicy flavor and fresh veggies. Inspired by the traditional Jamaican favorite–Jerk Chicken, this recipe creates a nice twist to your traditional salad. Easy to make and a sure crowd pleaser on any given summer day.

Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

Ok, One Last One!

This isn’t your typical Jamaican patty. In fact, it doesn’t include ‘actual beef’., rather it’s turkey meat with “beef bouillon” which allows it to taste like beef. Wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust, the moist “beef” inside coupled with the many spices, bursts with flavor and heat! Cut into medium round circles and baked to pure perfection in just 25 minutes, you have yourself a newly invented Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patty.

Yeah, so I have quite a few recipes that showcase delicious, bold flavors of Jamaican dishes, but with a twist.

Of course, there are more recipes that reflect Jamaican flavors and you can simply find them by searching “Jamaican” on our site’s search.

Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

With this pizza, the amazing thing is that I chose to make the crust more fluffy and airy this time around, unlike the crisp version I’ve always opted for in previous pizzas like this Chicken Spinach + Broccoli Gluten-Free pizza.

Much like when I make cinnamon rolls, I made this crust dough to rise to perfection and be as soft as can possibly be, which creates an awesome texture once baked.

HOW TO ENSURE THE PERFECT PIZZA CRUST EVERY TIME!

When it comes to making the perfect pizza crust, it only really takes a FEW HACKS/TRICKS for this to happen. However, it is imperative that you follow these exact steps every time, so that the perfect crust is achieved!

Here’s How:

  • Make sure that your oven is preheated and is HOT!! This ensures that everything bakes evenly and cooks pretty fast to avoid anything that could possibly cause your pizza to be soggy or undercooked (like the dough!).
  • Never EVER use cold dough! Using cold dough changes the hydration and makes it more aggressive to stretch and work out. This isn’t good for your crust at all.
  • Always, Always use a Pizza Sheet Pan. For a crispy pizza, I suggest using a pizza pan with holes to allow the crust to bake through nicely. I used the AirBake Pizza Pan, which can be found at Target!
  • DO NOT over roll dough! When following the step of rolling out the dough slightly to flatten it, never roll out the dough too much! Be sure to follow the steps of stretching it out with your hands the rest of the way.
  • Never add TOO MUCH sauce! This step is super imperative (trust me, I learned the hard way!) and it’s such truth. Never add all the sauce entirely to avoid a soggy middle or crust.
  • Precook any toppings that might require a longer cook time! This is especially true for certain veggies (and of course meats) that require a longer cook time that the allotted short amount of minutes that an actual pizza takes to cook. That way you aren’t trying to overcook your pizza because the toppings aren’t fully cooked.

There you have it—these tried and true tips/tricks will get your pizza coming out crisp and perfect every time! Do you have any additional tips that have worked for you besides these?

Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

Now, let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

FOR THE CRUST:

In the bowl of an electric mixer (with a dough hook attachment), mix together the warm water, honey (or sugar), olive oil, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, dried parsley, and sea salt (you might need to use a whisk to ensure that everything combines together well). Let is sit for at least 5 minutes, until yeast begins to activate and foam.

Slowly add the flour (on low speed!), until fully incorporated and a soft dough is formed. **NOTE: if dough is too sticky, add 1/2 cup of additional flour at a time)**. 

Now, increase the speed to medium-high and knead the dough for about 5 minutes in the mixer. 

Once done, cover the dough with plastic wrap for about an 1 hour. **NOTE: This allows the crust to be fluffy and airy like I said!**

Once fully risen, on a floured surface, add the dough and slightly roll out the dough until it’s flat enough to form a flat circle the rest of the way with your hands, about 11 inches in diameter. Lightly grease your pizza pan with extra virgin olive oil and place dough on one end of pan, evenly pressing it and flattening it out to fit the entire pan. Gently use your finger to stretch dough until pan is fully covered and gently pinch the edges of the dough together to form the crust.

FOR PIZZA:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and be sure to use a great pizza pan to ensure that your crust is crispy and not soggy (**See Recipe notes for suggestion!**).

In a small pot, add the BBQ sauce and jerk seasoning together on medium-high heat until it begins to bubble, mixing until well combine. Remove from heat.

Spoon a generous amount of the BBQ jerk sauce over the top of the crust in the center and spread it out thinly and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese, then the remaining ingredients, ensuring that the jerk chicken is on the very top. Lightly brush the tops of the crust with extra virgin olive oil to ensure that it becomes a nice golden brown.

Gently transfer the pizza pie to the hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or so, until the cheese has melted (and becomes bubbly) and the crust is crispy and golden brown.

Once done, allow pizza to rest/cool for a few minutes (about 5 minutes!) so that the cheese sets before cutting into generous slices, using a pizza cutter. Garnish with your favorite toppings—dried parsley, red pepper flakes, oregano, etc.

Bon Appetit!

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Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza
Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Rising Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 30 mins
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Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 1 3/4 cup Organic All-Purpose Flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 cup Organic Artisan Bread Flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 cup WARM fresh water
  • 1 Tbsp honey or organic pure cane sugar
  • 1 packet rapid-rise or instant yeast (That's 2 1/4 tsps!)
  • 1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

FOR PIZZA:

  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts, cooked + shredded (See Notes!)
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese (I use Organic Valley)
  • 1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium bell peppers (any color), pitted + diced
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, homemade or store-bought! (See Notes!)
  • 3-4 Tbsps jerk seasoning
  • 1 cup organic kale, chopped

Instructions

FOR THE CRUST:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer (with a dough hook attachment), mix together the warm water, honey (or sugar), olive oil, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, dried parsley, and sea salt (you might need to use a whisk to ensure that everything combines together well). Let is sit for at least 5 minutes, until yeast begins to activate and foam.
  • Slowly add the flour (on low speed!), until fully incorporated and a soft dough is formed. **NOTE: if dough is too sticky, add 1/2 cup of additional flour at a time)**.
  • Now, increase the speed to medium-high and knead the dough for about 5 minutes in the mixer. 
  • Once done, cover the dough with plastic wrap for about an 1 hour. **NOTE: This allows the crust to be fluffy and airy like I said!**
  • Once fully risen, on a floured surface, add the dough and slightly roll out the dough until it’s flat enough to form a flat circle the rest of the way with your hands, about 11 inches in diameter. Lightly grease your pizza pan with extra virgin olive oil and place dough on one end of pan, evenly pressing it and flattening it out to fit the entire pan. Gently use your finger to stretch dough until pan is fully covered and gently pinch the edges of the dough together to form the crust.

FOR PIZZA:

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and be sure to use a great pizza pan to ensure that your crust is crispy and not soggy (**See Recipe notes for suggestion!**).
  • In a small pot, add the BBQ sauce and jerk seasoning together on medium-high heat until it begins to bubble, mixing until well combine. Remove from heat.
  • Spoon a generous amount of the BBQ jerk sauce over the top of the crust in the center and spread it out thinly and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese, then the remaining ingredients, ensuring that the jerk chicken is on the very top. Lightly brush the tops of the crust with extra virgin olive oil to ensure that it becomes a nice golden brown.
  • Gently transfer the pizza pie to the hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or so, until the cheese has melted (and becomes bubbly) and the crust is crispy and golden brown.
  • Once done, allow pizza to rest/cool for a few minutes (about 5 minutes!) so that the cheese sets before cutting into generous slices, using a pizza cutter. Garnish with your favorite toppings—dried parsley, red pepper flakes, oregano, etc.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

PIZZA CRUST: For a crispy pizza (especially on the bottom), I suggest using a pizza pan with holes to allow the crust to bake through nicely. I used the AirBake Pizza Pan, which can be found at Target!
STORAGE: Leftover pizza is best kept tightly wrapped in foil paper, refrigerated for 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE: 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, 3/4 cups water, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsps sriracha sauce, 2 tsps ground mustard, 1/3 cup agave syrup, 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup, 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes, and 1 tsp smoked paprika. **Whip together: Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat and whisk together until it begins to boil. Reduce heat to low-medium and let everything simmer for about 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Once thickened enough to desired consistency, remove from heat and let cool. Set aside until ready to use or store remainder in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.**
BBQ SAUCE: If you choose to use a store-bought version, my favorite brand is Stubb’s BBQ Sauce.
JERK CHICKEN: Be sure to add jerk seasoning to prepped chicken when seasoning. Roast in foil paper for about 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through.

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  1. I LOVE fusion flavors on my pizza and spicy jerk is one of my favorite foods – can’t wait to try this fun combination of pizza and jerk!