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Jamaican jerk chicken on a white plate.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken (Air Fryer, Oven, or Grill)

Add some flavor to your dinner with this delicious Jamaican jerk chicken recipe. It takes minutes to prep and can be cooked in the air fryer, oven or grill for a delicious bite to suit any occasion.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Keyword air fryer jerk chicken, easy jerk chicken recipe, how to make jerk chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating time 4 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 299kcal
Author Tanya



  • Rub chicken pieces with paste, making sure to rub under the skin too.
  • Marinate for 4 hrs up or up to overnight.
  • Cook according to instructions:

Air Fryer

  • Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees Farhenheit. Place chicken pieces in the air fryer basket, cook for for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway.

Conventional Oven

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place chicken pieces on baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes, flipping halfway.


  • Place chicken pieces on a grill that has been heated to medium using indirect heat and cook until internal temp reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This can take up to an hour on a grill.
  • Once chicken is done cooking, use a sharp knife to further chop the chicken,


  • I like to use the Jamaican jerk wet paste from Walkerswood. This wet marinade tastes just like the jerk you would get in Jamaica. You can also use a homemade jerk wet rub.
  • Jerk is usually served dry without a sauce but feel free to baste the chicken while cooking with jerk bbq sauce if you want a more saucy chicken. You can also serve the bbq sauce as a dipping sauce on the side.


Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2463IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg