These jerk chicken wings cooked in the air fryer are surprisingly really good. This is a two ingredient recipe that yields that delicious bold Jamaican Jerk flavor with little effort.
Jerk wings make the perfect appetizer for game day celebrations or casual get-togethers and parties.
Though the wings aren’t cooked in the traditional Jamaican way - marinated in jerk paste and smoked on the grill, they have that jerk flavor from the dry jerk seasoning mix.
Grace Jones' "My Jamaican Guy" is the perfect pairing with these jerk wings. It's got definite reggae vibes that go beyond the song title, but the electonic and funk elements give it more a party/dance vibe. Wings are a party dish and the jerk seasoning has got some heat that plays the role of that deep thump on the record. The sweetness from the cinnamon and brown sugar provides melodies to balance things out.
Ingredients Needed To Air Fryer Jerk Chicken Wings
- Chicken Drummettes
- Dry Jerk Seasoning
How To Cook Jerk Wings in An Air Fryer
Toss the wings in the vodka.
Add the dry jerk seasoning and let marinate for about an hour.
Remove the wings from the marinade and pat dry. Add more seasoning plus coat the wings with olive oil.
Pre-heat air fryer to 400 degrees F. Fry the wings for 10 minutes then flip and fry another 10 minutes.
Remove and sprinkle some more seasoning on them. Serve
Cooking Considerations and Tips
I’m a drummettes only person, but feel free to use flats if that’s your preference.
The vodka is optional. I use it for a bit more crispiness. Other liquors work just as well, but I prefer vodka as it is pretty much tasteless
Most spice shops have pre-made jerk seasoning you can find online so feel free to use one if it’s available to you and you like it. Otherwise, make my version.
These won’t last long they’re so good, but if you happen to have any leftovers they can be easily be reheated in the oven.
These are flourless wings. If you prefer crunchier traditional flour-coated wings try the approach taken with these crispy air fryer wings.
With the dry seasoning mix you don’t really need a sauce. But if you must, these jerk chicken wings pair well with this jerk bbq sauce or even a green zhug sauce.
Serve with a side of Jamaican Peas and Rice or use this guide 21 Recipes To Serve With Jerk Chicken to help you figure out what else to serve with these bad boys.
To reheat these wings try any of these 5 methods.
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- 1 lb Chicken Drummettes
- 1 ½ tablespoon Dry Jerk Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon Vodka
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Place wings in a large mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, vodka, and half the jerk seasoning. Refrigerate 1-4 hours.
- Remove from refrigerator and allow to reach room temperature. While wings sit, pre-heat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
- Season the wings again with half of the remaining seasoning. Cook wings for 13 minutes then flip and cook another 13 minutes. Remove and toss with the remaining dry spice mix.