Jerk Chicken Sandwich with Creamy Coleslaw

Jerk Chicken Sandwich with Coleslaw and Grilled Pineapple

Spicy jerk, juicy chicken, sweet pineapple, and creamy coleslaw all piled high on a sesame seed bun. They say you are what you eat and when it comes to our Jerk Chicken Sandwich, we’re perfectly ok with that!

  • Author: Philip + Mystique
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Inactive time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
  • Category: food + drink, main
  • Method: BBQ
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, North American



Jerk Chicken

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs (skin on or off)
  • 3 tbsp jerk chicken marinade
  • 4 slices pineapple
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded carrots


Marinate the Chicken

No. 1 | Place chicken thighs in a bowl. Spoon jerk seasoning overtop and mix until the chicken is completely coated in the sauce. Place in the fridge to marinate – minimum of 30 minutes, but ideally 4 hours or more.

Make the Coleslaw

No. 2 | In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, Dijon, celery seed, salt, and pepper. Add the cabbage and carrots then toss until combined. Place in the fridge until assembly.

Grill the Chicken and Pineapple

No. 3 | Preheat BBQ on high heat for 10 minutes. 

No. 4 | Oil grates if necessary. Arrange chicken (skin-side down if applicable) and pineapple on the bbq and lower heat to medium. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once until chicken is cooked through and pineapple has grill marks and is softened. 

No. 5 | Lay the buns, cut-side down, on the bbq and toast for 1 to 2 minutes until golden around the edges and grill marks form. 

No. 6 | Remove chicken, pineapple and buns from the grill and set aside for 5 minutes to allow the chicken to rest. 

Assemble the Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

No. 7 | Once the chicken has rested, cut the thighs in half to separate the thin portions from the thicker portions.

No. 8 | Slather the bottom buns with mayonnaise. Layer a slice of grilled pineapple, then arrange 2 to 3 pieces of chicken on top. Add a handful of coleslaw and spread mayo on the top bun and place on top. Serve with extra coleslaw on the side.


  • We used Grace Hot Jerk Seasoning, which is great when time is limited. Get a recipe for homemade jerk seasoning on our BBQ Jerk Chicken Bowl Recipe post.
  • Ensure chicken is cooked to a temperature of 75°C/165°F.

Keywords: BBQ Recipes, Jerk Chicken Recipes, Spicy Sandwiches