These Jerk Wings are super easy to make in the air fryer using a dry rub jerk seasoning blend. The end result is juicy chicken with maximum flavor!
Why This Recipe Works
There’s no need to worry about all the work or calories that comes with deep frying! Using the air fryer is a healthier and quicker option. Not to worry! The air fryer still gives you a crispy wing. Prep time is really quick using easy to find ingredients in any grocery store. Plus, these are great for game day, game night and any other parties!
What Goes Into This Recipe
We use easy accessible seasonings to make the spice blend for this recipe. Many you probably can find in your pantry as well as any major grocery store chain!
How To Make It
Place meat in a large bowl or plastic bag. Set aside. Make sure the raw chicken comes to room temperature by sitting them on the counter for at least 15 minutes (this ensures the best results for even cooking).
In a small bowl, add the salt and spices. Use a spoon or whisk to mix until combined.
Coat the meat with four tablespoons of the spice mixture and all of the cornstarch. (See recipe notes below on how to use remaining seasonings.)
Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees.
Place chicken wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 25 minutes flipping the chicken using tongs every five minutes while it cooks.
After they have cooked, remove the cooked chicken from the air fryer with tongs.
Garnish with green onions or parsley and serve.
Cooking Tips– The longer the wings stay in the air fryer for crispiness the darker they get due to the seasoning. If you like crispy wings but, don’t want the wings too dark, you can make a glaze with the seasoning and brush the glaze on them once they are done cooking. To do this, only coat the chicken wings with the salt and cornstarch before cooking. Cook them as directed in the recipe. While the chicken cooks, make the glaze by adding half a cup of orange juice, three tablespoons of the seasoning mixture and two tablespoons of honey to a small sauce pan. Cook the sauce on medium heat for about five minutes and remove from heat. This glaze will be slightly sweeter, so you can adjust the flavor by adding more of the seasoning mixture to the glaze.
How to cook on the grill– Here is a recipe with detailed instructions on how to grill this type of chicken dish.
Meat substitute– Use can use this marinade on chicken thighs and legs as well and increase the time to 40 minutes or until the chicken’s internal temperature reaches 165 degrees when inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat.
Dipping sauce– Mix the remaining spice blend with about 1/4 cup of sour cream and two to three tablespoons of ranch dressing for a creamy dip for this dish! Blue cheese dressing is also good as a dip as well.
How to store leftovers– Place the remaining cooked chicken in an airtight container for up to three days. When ready to reheat, remove wings from container and place in 375 degrees preheated air fryer. Cook for five minutes, flipping the wings halfway through the cooking time.
Coating the meat in oil and cornstarch helps to make the skin crispy like traditional fried chicken.
My Honey Garlic Chipotle Wings has detailed directions on how to get crispy results using a baking sheet and wire rack if you want to use your conventional oven instead.
Maria at Deep Fried Honey has a fried version of this recipe. Check it out!
I used regular brown sugar. To make this keto, you can use brown sugar monkfruit substitutes. Also remove the cornstarch, which may result in less crispy skin. Other healthier options (these are not keto) is maple sugar and coconut sugar.
Jamaican rice and peas is a good side dish to serve with this recipe!
Here are more recipes with delicious seasoning blends to spice up your chicken dishes!
- Apricot and Ginger Glazed Chicken Skewers
- Za’atar Seasoned Chicken
- Apple Juice Brined and Carolina BBQ Style Chicken Legs
- Tandoori Inspired Roasted Chicken Legs
- Coconut Curry Chicken
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- 14 wing drumettes
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground Allspice Jamaican Berries
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 green onion finely chopped (optional garnish)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped (optional garnish)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Place meat in a large bowl or plastic bag. Set aside. Make sure the raw chicken comes to room temperature by sitting them on the counter for at least 15 minutes (this ensures the best results for even cooking).
- In a small bowl, add the salt and spices. Use a spoon or whisk to mix until combined.
- Coat the meat with four tablespoons of the spice mixture and all of the cornstarch. (See recipe notes below on how to use remaining seasonings.)
- Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees.
- Place chicken wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 25 minutes flipping the chicken using tongs every five minutes while it cooks.
- After they have cooked, remove the cooked chicken from the air fryer with tongs.
- Garnish with green onions or parsley and serve.
Please note that I am not a nutritionist, and the nutritional information is an estimate only. It varies based on the products and brands used.
Denise R Fairley
This recipe sounds great! Would a store-bought Jamaican Jerk seasoning work just as well?
A new level of making chicken legs… So good!
Where do get Jamaican allspice berries..
You can find them in the spice section of your baking area or the spice and seasoning section of your grocery store.
Renee @ Renee Nicole's Kitchen
This is exactly what I need for dinner tonight! I’ve added the ingredients to my shopping list (along with the beer!). You mentioned beans and rice as sides. I’m thinking to do a rice tossed with cilantro, mango, and maybe pineapple. What type of beans would you suggest?
I know most island style bean and rice dishes call for black beans. I think black beans would be great to try with your recipe! Thanks for stopping by!
Renee @ Renee Nicole's Kitchen
Perfect! I just happen to have black beans and they would go great with the rice. Thanks for the suggestion!
Appetizing chicken you get. I love when used spices and condiments, especially when it is done right 🙂 And yes, perhaps you are right, marinate 8-10 hours!
Thanks so much! I like to marinate longer for more flavor 🙂
I love that you have a team of coworkers that makes going to work tolerable! The people really make all the difference sometimes! These chicken legs look divine and I think I’ll toss some on the grill this weekend! My husband loves jerk seasonings, so I know he’ll especially love this!
Grilling this weekend sounds like fun!!!! Enjoy! Yes my co workers helps the day to go by as we take care of our patients and make sure that our patients are safe, which can be somewhat stressful…. Take care!
OH BOY! These Jerk Chicken legs are just calling my name. Can’t seem to get enough of anything Jerk- So DELICIOUS!
Thanks! I love your Jerk Chicken Recipes BTW 🙂
Marisa Franca Stewart
I love using jerk and it’s been a long time since I’ve used it — thank you for reminding me. And we also eat less red meat. We do eat lots of chicken and fish — we certainly don’t get food boredom – at least we try not to we will have to use your jerk recipe — sounds great!
Yea, we try to watch our red meat intake for what it’s worth….. Plus there is so much you can do with chicken and seafood! Have a good one!