Easy Air Fryer Jerk Chicken

Easy air fryer jerk chicken.
Easy air fryer jerk chicken.
Photo by Chris De La Rosa

I’m not the biggest fan of Air Fryers as explained in the video down below. However I must say, not only are they super-easy to use, the results are not half bad. These jerk chicken drumsticks came out juicy, packed with jerk flavors and finished with the bbq sauce.. lets just say WOW!

Photo by Chris De La Rosa

You’ll Need…

2-3 lbs chicken drumsticks
1 tablespoon HOT Jamaican Jerk Marinade
3 tablespoon regular / mild Jamaican Jerk Marinade
2 scallions (chopped finely)
4 sprigs thyme (leaves only – no stems)
1 lime (juice)
1 tablespoon golden brown sugar
1/4 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon olive oil | 3 tablespoon BBQ Sauce

Important! The goal with this recipe was to make something tasting great with ease and convenience. Therefore I used store (bottled) bought Jamaican jerk marinades. Should you want to make your own Jamaican Jerk Marinade, I have a few recipes on here.

  • Please note that I’m still experiencing camera issues so some still-shots were not taken. However you can follow along with the video below.

Remove the extra fat from the chicken, but leave the skin on. Unless you’re cutting back on your fat intake and you prefer the skin off – do your thing.

In a bowl place all the ingredients mentioned, EXCEPT the BBQ Sauce. And give it a good mix.

Photo by Chris De La Rosa


Photo by Chris De La Rosa


Photo by Chris De La Rosa

Pour 2/3 of the jerk marinade we just assembled on the chicken and reserve the remaining 1/3. Then go ahead and massage the chicken pieces to coat evenly with the marinade. Allow it to marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge (covered). If you use your bare hands to massage the chicken pieces, please wash immediately after with soap and water. The peppers in the jerk marinade can be a bit deadly – it may also irritate your skin.

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After two hours lay in your air fryer (line the tray if you normally do, for easy clean-up), try to NOT crowd things. Then it’s 380 for 20-25 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken pieces.

8 minutes in, you’ll need to flip them over for even cooking.

After 23 minutes I removed them from the air fryer. Then mixed in the BBQ sauce with the remaining jerk marinade (mix well) and I slapped a coat onto the chicken pieces (use 1/2). It cooked for 3 minutes at 400 F, then I flipped the chicken pieces, and on went the final coat of the bbq sauce mixture. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

Photo by Chris De La Rosa


Photo by Chris De La Rosa

Please be mindful that the last 5-7 minutes is crucial for getting that lovely color, charred bits and that lovely sticky bbq finish. Yea, not true Jamaican Jerk, but it works when it’s the middle of winter and it’s -15 C outside. Should you want a hint of smoky flavor, you can always add a couple drops of liquid smoke or smoked paprika in the marinade.

Such a simple and delicious way to make chicken. Toss on some finely chopped parsley, squeeze on a few drops of lime juice (should you have some) and ENJOY!


You will notice that I used a Cosori Air Fryer in making this recipe. A day later there was a recall notice in the news. 2 million air fryers recalled in U.S., Canada, Mexico for fire risk.

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