Flavorful and ridiculously delicious, these Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings are easy to make right in your kitchen. No need to travel to the local Caribbean restaurant to get these wings.
These wings are full of spice and extremely addictive. Eat responsibly!
If you are anything like us, you are a lover of spicy food. Furthermore, you are a chicken wing connoisseur. Since this is the case, my friend, these Jamaican jerk chicken wings were made for you.
It’s hard to beat a good jerk seasoning mix, that’s why we created our homemade Jerk Seasoning for you to enjoy with these wings.
The wings are also perfect as an appetizer or serve as part of a meal.
Jerk blend mix can be made dry or wet. If making the wet version of this seasoning, we recommend using fresh herbs and fresh fruits, but completely optional.
All of the ingredients would be placed in a food processor, then use as a marinade for the meat.
Jerk Seasoning Ingredients
The ingredients used in the Jerk seasoning recipe uses ingredients that are readily available in our region. For example, we substituted Scotch Bonnet with cayenne pepper as this is a dry blend.
Authentic jerk seasoning always includes allspice, cinnamon, thyme, and nutmeg. These are principle ingredients that go into a jerk seasoning blend.
Jerk seasoning received its name because meats are marinated with spicy ingredients and the flavors are infused in the meat though the holes that are often poked in the meat.
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika; not often used but creates an additional earthy flavor.
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon white pepper; black pepper will also work.
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon savory herb (this herb is basically dried thyme – either will work in this recipe)
- 2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar is used to balance out the savory flavor.
Wings are one of the most budget friendly cuts of chicken. Chicken wings are a great product to keep in your freezer for all kinds of occasions and can be flavored in many different ways.
This recipe uses a simple jerk seasoning as mentioned above to bring out the best in this spicy savory meat, creating juicy, tasty bites that everyone will enjoy.
As this dish is baked in the oven, it is not really possible to get crunchy chicken wings using this method alone. You will need to broil the wings.
If you have fresh chicken wings rather than frozen, you can use the exact same method outlined in this recipe but adjust the cooking time until you have reached your desired crispiness.
It’s very simple to make this dish. To begin, start by heating the oven to 400 degrees.
Once you gather all of the ingredients to make the jerk seasoning in a bowl; mix well. Set the bowl aside. Next, wash the wings then pat dry.
Apply the seasoning over the wings, cover, and place aside in the fridge for a couple hours or more.
Transfer the chicken to a sheet pan, and let the baking begin for 40 minutes.
Then, broil on low for 10 minutes; flipping to the other side, then serve warm. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
There are many versions when it comes to making Jerk seasoning. But authentic jerk seasoning always includes allspice, cinnamon, thyme, and nutmeg.
Jamaican jerk has a Caribbean flavor and is often spicy.
You can purchase the jerk seasoning at any local grocery store or international markets.
These Jamaican Jerk chicken wings make for a satisfying appetizer, made extra moreish by the addition of a dipping sauce like blue cheese or ranch.
Instant Pot Cooking Method
We highly recommend you use a trivet, as it will help the chicken from soaking in the instant pot while it is cooking.
After seasoning the meat; follow the steps listed below.
Wash the wings under hot water. Add one cup of water in the instant Pot. Then add the Trivet.
Place the wings on top of the trivet. Cover with the lid, and turn the knob to sealing.
Press on pressure cook, and adjust timer to 5 minutes. Quick release when finished.
Transfer the wings to a bowl.
Seasoning the meat with the jerk seasoning. Mix to well combine. Add the wings to the oven and bake for 10 minutes at 350°.
Broil on low to color and desired crispiness. Serve immediately and enjoy.
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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings
- Instant Pot (Optional)
- Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
- 12 Wings
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees.Wash and pat dry the chicken.In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients as listed in the homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning.Apply the seasoning over the wings, cover, and place aside for a couple hours or more.
- Transfer the chicken to a sheet pan, bake for 40 minutes.Broil on both sides on low for 10 minutes then serve warm. Enjoy!