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Horizontal overhead image of a white rectangular ceramic platter of homemade grilled wings, on a gray surface on a multicolored cloth with fringe, with scattered pieces of cut citrus, bay leaves, and whole cinnamon sticks.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


Grilled Jamaican jerk chicken wings are crispy, bold, and oh-so-memorable. The homemade marinade makes for a fantastic snack or appetizer.


  • 4 lbs chicken wings, broken down into drumettes and flats
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small white onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger (about one ½-inch knob)
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • Juice of 3 limes (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Add chicken to a large resealable plastic bag.
  2. Add garlic, onion, ginger, jalapeno, soy sauce, honey, lime juice, orange juice, salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, bay leaves, and oil to a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine. Transfer marinade to the bag.
  3. Seal the bag and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat grill to 400˚F.
  5. Remove wings from marinade and discard the excess. Transfer chicken to the grill and cook for 30-40 minutes, flipping every 10-15 minutes, until skin is crispy and chicken registers 165˚F internally on a meat thermometer.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Wings
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Appetizers

Keywords: chicken wings, Jamaican jerk seasoning, chicken, wings