So many flavors: Spicy, earthy, and aromatic…
Jamaican jerk seasoning is one of the more unique spice rack mixes – equal parts spicy, earthy, and aromatic with an undeniable warmth brought on by the cloves, cinnamon, and allspice in the mix. This Jamaican jerk wings recipe pairs these complex flavors with apple cider vinegar and orange juice to give your chicken wings an explosion of tang to the taste. It’s a delicious mix.
Try this spicy appetizer as a starter for summer barbecue. It’s an especially good match when you’re pairing tropical fruit flavors with your grilled meats. Though don’t only think “summer” when it comes to these chicken wings. The feel-good flavor of cloves, allspice, and cinnamon give these wings a step above the rest when it comes to pairing with homey winter meals. If you’re looking for an added twist to Jamaican jerk wings, make your own jerk seasoning and add a little extra cayenne powder to the ingredient list to provide some over-the-top spiciness. It’s a most definite step up in heat.
If you like this recipe, don’t miss some of our other spicy wings recipes. Our honey chipotle wings pair sweet and spicy, while this gochujang version provides an exotic bite. And for a unique pairing of popular flavors, take a look at this spicy maple chicken wings recipe. It pairs maple syrup with the ever-popular Sriracha sauce.
- 2 pounds chicken wings about 12 to 14 wings
- 1/2 cup jerk seasoning
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper powder optional, extra spicy
Making the Jamaican jerk marinade
- In a mixing bowl, add the jerk seasoning, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, soy sauce, and extra cayenne pepper powder (for spicier wings). Stir until fully combined, then pour the marinade into a large sealable plastic bag.
- Add the wings to the plastic bag and seal. Shift the bag to allow the marinade to fully coat the wings.
- Place the bag into the refrigerator and marinate at minimum 4 hours or (preferably) overnight.
Broiling the wings
- Turn on the oven’s broiler.
- Remove the wings from the plastic bag once marinading is complete, and place the wings on an aluminum-foil-lined baking sheet.
- Broil the wings for 8 minutes (until the wings are browning), then remove the baking sheet, flip the wings, and place the sheet back into the broiler for another 8 minutes, until they are golden brown.
- Check the wings. If they are still pink inside, broil for 2 to 3 minutes more, or until fully cooked.