Best sides with Jerk Chicken or Pork

When it comes to pairing sides with jerk chicken or jerk pork, there are several delicious options that complement the bold and spicy flavors of these Caribbean dishes. Whether you prefer something cool and refreshing or crave a hearty accompaniment, here are some of the best sides to enhance your jerk chicken or jerk pork experience:

  1. Rice and peas: A classic Caribbean side dish, rice and peas perfectly complements jerk chicken or jerk pork. The rice is cooked with coconut milk, kidney beans, and aromatic spices, adding a creamy and flavorful element to your meal. You'll find rice and peas at every Little Brixton food event!

  2. Plantain: Fried plantains is a popular side dish in Caribbean cuisine. With natural sweetness and a caramelized exterior provide a delightful contrast to the spiciness of jerk chicken or pork.

  3. Festival: Festival is a Jamaican cornmeal fritter that resembles a slightly sweet, fried dumpling. It is a fantastic choice for soaking up the spicy juices from your jerk meat while offering a pleasant texture and flavor.

  4. Coleslaw: A refreshing and crunchy coleslaw can provide a contrasting texture and coolness to balance the heat of jerk chicken or pork. Opt for a vinegar-based slaw with colorful cabbage, carrots, and a hint of sweetness. Our Little Brixton Slaw is a regular at all of our events 

  5. Vegatables: Roasting vegetables like sweet potatoes or corn or boiled vegatables such as Yam or Green Banana can be a fantastic way to add a healthy and flavorful component to your meal. Pairs wonderfully with the spiciness of the jerk seasoning.

  6. Mango salsa: The tropical flavors of mango salsa provide a refreshing burst of sweetness that complements the bold spices of jerk chicken or pork. Combine diced mango, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and cilantro for a tangy and vibrant side dish.

  7. Grilled pineapple: Grilling pineapple slices brings out their natural sweetness and adds a delightful smoky flavor. The juicy and tangy pineapple can balance the spiciness of the jerk seasoning, creating a harmonious combination of flavors.

  8. Callaloo: Callaloo is a traditional Caribbean dish made from leafy greens such as amaranth or spinach, cooked with onions, garlic, peppers, and spices. It provides a nutritious and flavorful side option that adds a vibrant touch to your plate.

  9. Fried Dumpling: All-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and milk. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and mix before frying Fried dumplings help balance the heat while adding a comforting element to your meal.

  10. Macaroni and cheese: Creamy, cheesy, and comforting, macaroni and cheese is a classic side dish that pairs beautifully with the bold flavors of jerk chicken or pork. The rich and indulgent nature of macaroni and cheese helps balance the spiciness of the jerk seasoning, creating a satisfying combination of flavors. The tender pasta combined with a gooey cheese sauce provides a luxurious and hearty accompaniment to your meal.

The best sides for jerk chicken or jerk pork are those that balance the heat and spice while adding contrasting flavors and textures.