Best Homemade Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Published on June 13th 2022 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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The Caribbean is host to a diverse community joined together by groups of picturesque tropical islands. Not only do they have the postcard views and sugary white sands in common, everyone enjoys a little spice in their day-to-day lives. The best chicken sandwich combines sweet, spicy, and savory. It keeps you returning for another bite and craving it. This jerk chicken sandwich will forever be known as the best chicken sandwich in your recipe database.

Flame-grilled chicken thighs marinated in jerk marinade containing scallions, scotch bonnet peppers, seasoning peppers, allspice berries, garlic, onions, pimento, black pepper, vinegar, nutmeg, brown sugar, thyme, and marjoram. The link for classic bakes Homemade Jamaican Jerk Sauce is the best in the West Indies. Topped with sweet mango and lime coleslaw and smeared with a Pickapeppa aioli, all between your choice of bread or buns.

Pickapeppa is a Jamaican condiment based on tropical ingredients that have been aged in old rum barrels mixed with sugarcane, tomato, mango, orange peel, raisins, sea salt, ginger, peppers, vinegar, and onions. The sauce resembles the intense flavors of Worcestershire sauce with a Caribbean twist. 

Pair this with crispy sweet potato fries, and you have the Best Homemade Chicken Sandwich


*Chicken is at its prime if marinated overnight or a minimum of 3 hours in jerk marinade. 

Author: Jennifer Dodd
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
60 mins
4 persons


Grilled Jerk Chicken
  • 1 cup Homemade Jamaican Jerk Sauce

  • 6 whole, Boneless Chicken Thighs, cleaned of any residual fat 

  • Pan Spray for the grill 

  • 8 slices of your favorite Bread or 4 Buns. 

  • 2 teaspoons Unsalted Butter, brought to room temperature. 

Lime and Mango Coleslaw
  • 1 cup Green Cabbage, cleaned, thinly shredded 

  • 1/4 cup Red Cabbage, cleaned, thinly shredded 

  • 1/2 medium Carrot, julienne 

  • 1/4 small Red Onion, sliced thin

  • 1/2 Fresh Mango, peeled and julienne 

  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Cilantro, chopped

  • 1 Scallion, thinly sliced

Coleslaw Dressing
  • 1 Fresh Lime, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar

  • 2 teaspoons White Vinegar 

  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt 

  • Fresh Cracked Black Peppercorns, to taste

Pickapeppa Aioli
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise  

  • 2 teaspoons Pickapeppa Sauce 


Grilled Jerk Chicken

Begin by making the Jamaican Jerk Sauce recipe Homemade Jamaican Jerk Sauce | Classic Bakes

Using a large bowl, coat the chicken thighs in 3/4 cup of the jerk sauce, reserving the remaining 1/4 cup of jerk sauce for basting the chicken. Place the marinated chicken into a Ziploc bag or covered dish and marinate overnight or for a minimum of 3 hours. 

Fire up your grill to medium heat about 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're not equipped with a grill you can use a heavy-bottomed pan onto your stovetop or griddle on the same heat. 

Remove chicken from marinade placing the chicken onto a tray, scrape off & discard some of the marinades, so the chicken doesn't burn during the cooking process. 

Spray the grill or stovetop pan with cooking spray and add the chicken thighs. Cook the chicken rotating it 1/4 turns to create the grid like pattern on the grill or sear each side in a pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side flipping and rotating to ensure the chicken doesn't burn. The Jerk sauce contains a high amount of sugar and spices so will char quickly. 

Once the chicken has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit on a kitchen thermometer. An alternative to using a thermometer would be to crack the center of the chicken open, if its no longer pink in the center with clear juices running from the chicken, it's ready. Remove from the grill or stovetop and let rest while coating each side with the remaining jerk sauce with a pastry brush. 

Once the chicken is removed, clean off the grill or pan, and spread the bread with butter & toast on either side. Then, setting them aside for assembly. 

Coleslaw Dressing

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, using a whisk to combine all the ingredients and dissolve the sugar. Set aside. 

Lime and Mango Coleslaw

Using a medium-sized bowl add coleslaw ingredients and dressing to the bowl. 

Toss together, setting it aside to marinate for 5 minutes. 

Pickapeppa Aioli

In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and pickapeppa sauce. Set aside. 

Best Homemade Chicken Sandwich Assembly

Lay out all the toasted bread or buns

Spread a layer of Pickapeppa aioli on each side of the bread. Slice the grilled jerk chicken and evenly distribute it onto each sandwich. Top each sandwich with coleslaw. 

Serve on a sharing platter or individual plates for everyone to dig into and enjoy! 

Jennifer Dodd

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