This quick homemade jerk chicken recipe is a friendly version of the famous Jamaican chicken. Let me show you how to enjoy this spicy, tasty dish. This flavorful and tender dish is one of the most famous Caribbean chicken dishes and the most famous Jamaican chicken recipe. 

– 12 bone-in chicken legs (thighs and drumsticks) – Juice of 2 limes – 4 teaspoons of cayenne pepper – 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (optional) – 1 tablespoon of garlic powder – 1 tablespoon of ginger powder – 1 tablespoon of onion powder – ¼ teaspoon of allspice powder – 1 tablespoon of dry thyme leaves – 4 tablespoon of soy sauce – 3 teaspoonsof salt – 4 tablespoons vegetable oil


– In a large bowl, combine lime juice, cayenne, sugar, garlic powder, ginger powder, onion powder, allspice powder, thyme, soy sauce and salt and stir to mix well. Rub this paste on the chicken, try to get some under the skin too. Drizzle the chicken with oil.

Step 1:

– Pre-heat oven to 375 ºC (190 ºC). Place on a baking tray with a wire rack (Amazon affiliate link) skin side up. Cook in the oven for 45 minutes, or until some of the skin has blackened. Remove from the oven.

Step 2:

– Cook in pre-heated air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 20 minutes. First skin side down for 10 minutes, then skin side up for the remaining 10 minutes or until the skin is crispy and a bit blackened. See notes for safety information.

Step 3:

– Cook on medium-low (about 250°F [125 ºC]) for 45 minutes skin side down, rotate to skin side up and cook for another 45 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and a bit charred. See notes for safety information.

Step 4:

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