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Air Fryer Jerk Chicken

This recipe for jerk chicken is marinated in a blend of spices and then cooked to juicy perfection in an air fryer.

It’s easy, it’s quick, and it’s delicious!

This jerk chicken recipe is a favourite; I love how easy it is to make air fryer chicken thighs and how crispy and delicious the chicken turns out.

jerk chicken in air fryer

How To Make Jerk Chicken In An Air Fryer

You can use a shop-bought jerk paste, or you can make your own (check out my jerk marinade recipe if you want to make it from scratch).

jerk marinade in a food processor

If you want to use a shop-bought jerk paste, there are plenty of good ones to choose from; I like the Levi Roots one best, but there are some other good ones.

What Chicken Should I Use For Jerk Chicken?

You can use any cut of chicken for jerk chicken in the air fryer, but you will need to adjust the cooking time depending on the type you use (see below for times).

What You Need For Air Fryer Jerk Chicken

If you want to print out the recipe, you can scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom.

Chicken – I used chicken thighs on the bone.

Jerk Paste – you can either make it yourself following this recipe or grab a jar from the supermarket.

Air Fryer – you can make jerk chicken in any air fryer; I made this in a Ninja Dual Air Fryer.

jerk chicken and chips in Ninja Dual Air Fryer

How To Make It

Lay the chicken in a shallow bowl or baking tray and coat it with the jerk marinade. Cover and leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

chicken thighs in jerk marinade

Transfer the chicken to the air fryer basket and cook at 200°C (400°F) for 20 minutes for bone-in chicken thighs. Check on it halfway through and turn them over.

ninja dual chicken jerk thighs

Other chicken cuts will take different lengths of time.

How Long To Air Fry Jerk Chicken

You can use any cut of chicken in an air fryer. Use the following temperatures and times as a guide but remember to check on how they are cooking the first time you make them; all air fryers cook a little differently.

  • Chicken thighs, bone-in – 20 – 22 minutes (200°C)
  • Chicken thighs, boneless – 15 minutes (180°C)
  • Chicken drumsticks – 20 minutes (180°C)
  • Chicken wings – 25 minutes (180°C)
  • Chicken breasts – 18-20 minutes (180°C)
  • Whole chicken – 60 minutes (180°C)
air fryer jerk chicken

Always check your chicken is cooked all the way through before serving. The juices should run clear, and it will be piping hot. If in doubt, use a meat thermometer; the chicken should be 75°C.

What To Serve With Jerk Chicken

Jerk chicken goes with lots of side dishes, try it with rice or chips and a fresh green salad.

air fryer jerk chicken and chips
jerk chicken in air fryer

Air Fryer Jerk Chicken

Yield: 4 Thighs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

This jerk chicken recipe is a favourite; I love how easy it is to make in the air fryer and how crispy and delicious the chicken turns out.


  • 4 bone in chicken thighs
  • 1 x jar of 100g jerk paste*


  1. In a shallow dish, cover the chicken thighs in the jerk paste and leave them to marinate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  2. Transfer to the air fryer basket and air fry at 200°C for 20 minutes, checking on them halfway and turning them over. Check they are cooked all the way through by seeing if the juices run clear and there are no pink bits. If you have a meat thermometer, check the inside of the chicken is at 75°C. Cook for a little longer if necessary.


*Jerk Paste - you can use a shop-bought paste or make your own following this recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 31g

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