Jerk Chicken Wings

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Jerk Chicken Wings are the perfect appetizer marinated overnight in a homemade jerk sauce with green onions, jalapenos and spices baked crispy in the oven.

Just like my recipe for Buffalo Wings, Jerk Chicken Wings are the perfect game day snack that you can whip up for your guests, although you will need to let them marinade overnight. They’re full of rich, delicious flavor, with a smoky kick, the perfect addition to our collection of Appetizer Recipes.

Jerk Chicken Wings with Ranch Dipping Sauce


Looking for a new, unique appetizer? Want to wow your family with something different than the classic chicken wing recipes? This Jerk Chicken Wing recipe is incredibly easy to make, and the overnight marinade makes them extremely tender and flavorful. You can also customize them with some extra spice for that one friend of yours who can’t get enough heat in their food, or you can add a tasty dip. 

Jerk Chicken Wings have a delicious smoky flavor, and are filling enough to keep everyone happy without making them feel like they’ve eaten too much rich food. Make these a day ahead and keep them in the fridge overnight so they’re ready to bake and perfectly marinated.



  • What is jerk seasoning made of? Usually chiles, cinnamon, garlic, Scotch bonnet peppers, nutmeg, allspice, and thyme, but there are a lot of variations. 
  • Is Jerk Chicken spicy? “Jerk” refers to a cooking style, where meat is marinated and cooked in a blend of jerk spices. It can be as spicy as you want to make it. 
  • Are Cajun and Jerk seasoning the same? No, there are key differences in texture and flavor. Jerk seasoning is Jamaican and is usually a paste. Creole seasonings came from French colonists and is usually a powder. 

Jerk Chicken Wing being dipped into Ranch Dressing cup

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  • Add ins: Try mixing in some finely chopped jalapenos to make your Jerk Chicken spicy, or you can try scallions, cilantro, or even chopped garlic cloves. 
  • Gluten free: This recipe is already very gluten free, but it’s always a good idea to check the labels on your ingredients to be sure. Soy sauce sometimes has gluten in it, so be sure to choose a celiac-friendly bottle when you’re shopping for ingredients. 

Tray full of Jerk Chicken Wings


  • Serve: You shouldn’t leave Jerk Chicken Wings out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. You need to refrigerate them to keep them for later. 
  • Store: Jerk Chicken Wings are good in the fridge for up to 3 days. For best results, cover the chicken wings with plastic wrap or put them in an airtight container that can completely seal. You should also allow the wings to cool all the way down to room temperature before you freeze or refrigerate them. 
  • Freeze: Cooked Jerk Chicken Wings are good in the freezer for up to 3 months. Keep them completely sealed to keep moisture from getting onto the wings. 



According to the USDA’s Official Website, chicken is cooked through and safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (73.8 degrees C). You should always check the temperature of your chicken before you eat it, no matter how cooked it looks on the outside. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat to get an accurate reading. 

Baked Jerk Chicken Wings on baking sheet

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Jerk Chicken Wings

5 from 4 votes
  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Course: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Jamaican
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Jerk Chicken Wings are the perfect appetizer marinated overnight in a homemade jerk sauce with green onions, jalapenos and spices baked crispy in the oven.


  • 1 yellow onion , chopped
  • 6 stalks green onions , chopped
  • 3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper , seeded, deveined and halved
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 pounds chicken wing drumettes
  • cooking spray


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a food processor add the green onions, onion, jalapeno, soy sauce, vinegar, vegetable oil, brown sugar, thyme, kosher salt, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice and puree until smooth.

  2. Place chicken in a large ziplock bag with half the marinade and reserve the rest of the marinade in the refrigerator.

  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  5. Place chicken drumettes on prepared baking sheet and reserve marinade left in the bowl.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

  7. Brush ½ the reserved marinade onto the chicken wings and bake an additional 20 minutes.

  8. Flip the chicken and brush the rest of the marinade on the chicken and cook and additional 10 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 Servings, Amount per serving: 363 calories, Calories: 363g, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 1671mg, Potassium: 348mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 442g, Vitamin C: 27g, Calcium: 57g, Iron: 2g

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  1. Hi: Can I marinate the chicken wings 24 hours in the refrigerator prior to baking ? cmjh

    1. Hi! I wouldn’t suggest marinating much longer than the 8 suggested hours, meat when exposed to certain seasoning breaks down after too long and can become stringy.

  2. These look AMAZING. I’d love to try this recipe, but am a bit confused by the ingredient list– when do you use the salt and cinnamon? Also the instructions call for nutmeg, but there is no quantity listed in the ingredient list. Could you clarify? Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks for catching that! I decided against using the nutmeg but cinnamon instead and never edited the card. I’ve fixed the recipe card to read correctly now (fingers crossed). Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Thank you for this awesome recipe. I was looking for a perfect appetizer and found this! I don’t regret giving this recipe a try.

  4. These are incredible, so perfectly juicy and flavorful. What do you think about making them in the air fryer would it work?

  5. Hey Sabrina, thanks for all the great recipies!! Can I fry these, I’m not a huge fan of baked wings. Thanks and stay safe!