Easy Jerk Chicken Wings

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These easy Jerk chicken wings have a spicy, flavorful jerk seasoning and they turn out perfectly crispy and juicy in just 30 minutes in the oven.

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jerk chicken wings

I’m a serious chicken wing fan, so I’m always creating new flavors and trying new ways to dress up chicken wings. I have to say that Jerk seasoning is one of the best ways to enjoy chicken wings.

The seasoning does all the work here. The outcome is amazing. If you’ve never had jerk seasoning – a robust seasoning that originates from Jamaica – you’re definitely missing out. It’s one of those iconic flavors you must try.

You can make your own jerk seasoning by following the spice blend in our original jerk chicken recipe. It’s a pretty complex mix with lots of individual seasonings. For this reason, I tend to buy it more often than make it. It comes in different spice levels, so be aware of that when you buy. The hot version is really hot.

Jerk chicken wings

Ingredients You’ll Need

Chicken Wings – plan for about 1/3 pounds of chicken wings per person.

Jerk seasoningBuy it here, find a brand you like at the store, or make it yourself (see below)

Olive oil – This will help make the seasoning a wet rub so that it sticks to the chicken wings better and helps to crisp them up.

How to Make Your Own Jerk Seasoning

If you make it yourself, you’ll need:

  • Ground thyme
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground allspice
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chili powder
  • Dried ginger
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Soy sauce
  • White vinegar

This makes a jerk seasoning/marinade that you can mix with olive oil and coat the wings with. If you want to make this seasoning dried so you can store it, you would just need to leave the soy sauce and vinegar out and add those when you are ready to use the marinade.

Jerk sauce

Traditional jerk marinade is made with fresh ingredients and ground into a similar paste. It also uses scotch bonnet peppers to make the sauce spicy. If you want to make a really traditional wet jerk marinade with fresh ingredients, you can follow this recipe.

How to Cook Jerk Chicken Wings

First thing is to mix up the jerk marinade. You can do this in a bowl or in a food processor for a finer seasoning. Then coat the wings in the jerk seasoning, making sure to coat each piece. Put them in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 2 hours.

Raw chicken wings in a bowl

Marinating the chicken isn’t strictly necessary, they will still have tons of flavor, but it is part of the jerk cooking technique to marinate the chicken in the spices to impart even more flavor.

There are a lot of ways you can cook chicken wings. Two of our favorite ways to cook them are baking and air frying.

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Baking Chicken Wings

Baking leads to a tender and crispy wing, with a lot less fat than deep frying, and it’s an easy way to make them without much mess.

Once the wings are coated, put them on a baking sheet to go in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F. After 15 minutes, turn the chicken wings over and continue to bake.

Jerk chicken wings on a baking sheet

They’ll become nice and crispy and browned. If they’re not quite to that stage after 30 minutes total, leave them in a bit longer. In my opinion, these are so much better when the skin of the chicken has crisped up nicely.

Air Frying Chicken Wings

Another great way to cook chicken wings is in the air fryer. If you have one, you’re going to love how quick these are to make. Just pop them in the air fryer for 20 minutes on 400 degrees. Give the basket a shake halfway through cooking. They’re perfectly juicy and crispy.

air fryer chicken wings

Grilling Chicken Wings

If you have an outdoor grill, fire it up to 400 degrees F. When hot, add the chicken wings and grill for about 10-15 minutes per side. Chicken wings should reach the internal temperature of 165 degree F to be safe, so be sure to check the temp on an instant read thermometer before removing them from the grill.

Jerk chicken wings

Questions About Jerk Chicken Wings

What is Jerk Seasoning Made Of?

There are a lot of different spices that go into jerk seasoning. While it has a list of typical spices, everyone makes theirs slightly differently, so you’ll likely find a variation of this spice when looking at recipes.

The typical Jamaican jerk seasoning is made with ground thyme, brown sugar, soy sauce, white vinegar, ground all spice, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, dried ginger, and Scotch Bonnet peppers

Is Jerk Seasoning spicy?

It can be. That’s because of the presence of the Scotch Bonnet peppers, which are always added to Jamaican jerk seasoning. However, you can make it less spicy by adding less peppers. You can also buy jerk seasoning in mild or hot.

Jerk chicken wings

What to Serve With Chicken Wings

For sides, serve these wings with a Bacon & Jalapeno Corn SaladChipotle Coleslaw or our favorite Classic Wedge Salad.

Since wings are total comfort food for me, I go right to Mac & Cheese as a side. They also go well with Baked Beans.

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Jerk chicken wings

Jerk Chicken Wings

These easy Jerk chicken wings have a spicy, flavorful jerk seasoning and they turn out perfectly crispy and juicy in just 30 minutes in the oven.
5 from 31 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Chicken Wings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 401kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken wings
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons jerk seasoning https://amzn.to/3yx0KTa

To make your own jerk seasoning:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 tablespoon white vinegar

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Rinse and pat dry the chicken wings. Put them in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the jerk seasoning and olive oil to a small bowl and stir to mix well.
  • Pour the jerk seasoning into the mixing bowl and toss the wings to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Place the chicken wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or tin foil that is lightly greased. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the wings over and continue cooking for an additional 15-20 minutes, until the wings are crispy and browned.

Notes

Marinating the wings is not strictly necessary, but they will develop more flavor if you marinate for at least 2 hours. This is the process of jerk chicken.
Jerk seasoning can be bought in mild or hot. Choose which version suits you.

Nutrition

Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1321IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

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6 thoughts on “Easy Jerk Chicken Wings

  1. Casey says:

    5 stars
    SUCH a great way to mix up my wings recipe! (We LOVE wings at my house!). I left out the allspice and it was still super delish!! Even the kids loved the!

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