Jerk Chicken Wings

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins

Jerk is a Jamaican spice paste that usually includes scallions, habanero chile (also called Scotch bonnet), and allspice. Adjust the amount of chile to suit your taste.


  • 12 scallions, tops and bottoms trimmed, chopped

  • 8 garlic cloves

  • 4 dried bay leaves

  • 1 habanero or 2 jalapeno chiles, chopped

  • ¼ cup red-wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves

  • 4 teaspoons ground allspice

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 6 pounds chicken wings, cut in half at joint

  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. In a food processor, pulse scallions, garlic, bay leaves, habanero, vinegar, thyme, allspice, 1 tablespoon salt, and 2 tablespoons pepper until coarsely ground. In a large shallow dish, toss chicken with jerk mixture and refrigerate at least 1 hour (or up to 1 day).

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Arrange chicken on foil-lined rimmed baking sheets and cook until browned, 35 to 40 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Serve with lime wedges.


Cook's Notes

To grill the wings, cook over medium, covered, until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally (lower heat if wings are getting too charred).

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