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Jamaican jerk chicken is a classic staple in my family.

It’s one of those dishes that I always had growing up, and it made me appreciate spicy foods.

close up of jamaican jerk wings

I thought I would take my classic jerk marinade recipe, and apply it to one of my favorite foods: wings.

Wings are one of my favorites because they’re sharable, and versatile.

You can add just about flavor you want to wings, or cook a few different flavors to feed a crowd.

Jerk wings are amazing because they pack a powerful punch. You get that wonderful jerk flavor in a few little bites.

What’s in a jerk chicken marinade?

Jerk chicken marinades have a ton of spices – it’s not for the faint at heart.

But it is worth it.

My marinade includes soy sauce, avocado oil, kosher salt, dried allspice, dried thyme, green onions, garlic, scotch bonnet chiles (or jalapenos if you want to turn the spice down a bit), ginger, white onion, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, and browning. sauce. A little lime and orange juice also go a long way in adding some sweetness.

How to cook jerk chicken wings

There are a few ways you can cook your Jamaican jerk wings:

  • Grilling (gets a great smokey flavor on your wings)
  • Air Fry (the method I used here, that gets you a crispy skin).
  • Bake (A healthier option, and a great one if you don’t have a grill, or air fryer).

I chose to air fry mine because it was easier for me, and I made a tiny batch.

Check out my recipe for Jamaican jerk wings below, and try it out!

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Jamaican Jerk Wings


  • Author: Mila Clarke Buckley
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 20 wings 1x
  • Diet: Diabetic

Description

Classic jerk marinade on air-fried wings. 


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Ingredients

  • 5 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil + extra if needed
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Scotch bonnet chiles, roughly chopped, with seeds 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika 
  • 1 tablespoon Browning sauce
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 3 lbs chicken wings

Instructions

1. In a food processor, blend all of your herbs and spices. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also pulse the marinade in a blender. Set aside. 

2. Clean your chicken. 

3. Add chicken to your herbs and spices, ensuring that you coat each piece with marinade. 

4. Let the chicken marinate for at least one hour (but the longer the better). 

5. Dump out reserved marinade liquid. 

6. Cook with your chosen method until wings come to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

7. Enjoy your wings!  


Notes

  • I air-fried this batch, and they were wonderful, but I think that grilling them will always yield the best, smokey flavor. It’s worth the time! 
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Air-Fried
  • Cuisine: Jamaican

Keywords: jamaican jerk wings, jerk wings, jamaican jerk chicken

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Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m a millennial woman with diabetes who loves food, travel and my kitchen!

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