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Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings


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If you love chicken wings and want to venture beyond buffalo sauce, you’re going to love these Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings. They’re the perfect combination of spicy and sweet.

This isn’t a bland, boring recipe. It’s an Instant Pot chicken recipe your taste buds can get excited about!

chicken wings covered in sauce next to celery sticks on a white tray on a white table with an instant pot in the background with title text reading Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

Most of my recipe inspiration comes from combining two things I already love. In the case of these Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings, I was inspired by the ease of making Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken and the delicious flavor of one of my family’s favorite dinners — Island Pork Tenderloin.

The result was a super flavorful appetizer that is easy to make.

chicken wings covered in sauce next to celery sticks on a white tray on a white table with an instant pot in the background

What Is Jamaican Jerk?

Pertaining to cooking, the word “jerk” describes meat that has been dried in the sun. The word jerk comes from the Peruvian word charqui, which they used to describe dried meat.

You can hear the resemblance to our word “jerky” which describes many forms of dried meat.

Jamaicans were using methods very similar to the Peruvians in ancient times (from KitchenProject.com). The Jamaicans, however, used unique spices before wrapping the meat in leaves to dry.

Today, when people talk about Jamaican Jerk, they’re referencing that unique spice blend. Typically this includes scallions or onions, scotch bonnet peppers, black pepper, salt, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and thyme.

Jamaican jerk seasoning is full of flavors that sound like they’d conflict but actually blend together into a perfect harmony of sweet and spicy. No one complains about Jamaican jerk chicken being bland!

How to Make Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

We’re going to let the Instant Pot do most of the work for these Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings. However, to get a great crisp, sticky coating of the yummy sauce, there are a couple extra steps once the Instant Pot is done.

Don’t worry! It’s still a really simple recipe. The extra steps are well worth the small effort.

Step 1: Prepare the Chicken

First, you’ll sprinkle the chicken wings with Jamaican jerk seasoning (I use a spicy version, but if you don’t like it too hot, there are mild versions too) and adobo seasoning.

Make sure the chicken is seasoned on all sides then transfer them to your Instant Pot and add water to the pot.

uncooked chicken wings sprinkled with Jamaican jerk seasoning in an instant pot

Cook on high pressure for 13 minutes. After the beeps sound the end of the cook time, let the pressure release naturally for 7 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.

While the pressure is releasing from the pot, cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Once it’s safe to remove the Instant Pot lid, do so carefully and spread the wings out on the foil-lined baking sheet.

using a tong to place chicken wings on a foil lined baking sheet

Now it’s time to make the sauce. Mix together ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, and chili sauce then brush it onto the wings.

using a brush to spread sauce on chicken wings on a foil lined baking sheet

Broil for 5-7 minutes until desired crispness has been reached. Serve hot with lots of napkins because these sticky wings are messy!

chicken wings covered in sauce next to celery sticks on a white tray on a white table with an instant pot in the background

Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

Here is the recipe card with the exact measurements and detailed instructions so you can make your own Instant Pot Sweet Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings.

Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

These have a ton of flavor and are great for game day!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4
Calories 509 kcal

Ingredients
  

Wings

  • 3 pounds frozen chicken wings if using unfrozen wings, reduce cooking time by 2-3 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Adobo all-purpose seasoning
  • ½ cup water

Sauce

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce

Instructions
 

  • Combine wings with seasoning and stir to coat. Transfer into Instant Pot inner pot and add water to the pot.
  • Set Instant Pot valve to sealing and turn to a manual high pressure for 13 minutes.
  • Turn oven broiler on high to preheat.
  • Allow for a natural pressure release for 7 minutes. Release the remaining pressure.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread the wings out over the pan.
  • Mix together ingredients for the sticky sauce.
  • Coat the wings with the sauce and then broil for 5-7 minutes until desire crispness has been reached.

Nutrition

Calories: 509kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 35gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 432mgPotassium: 598mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 1559IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 3mg
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1 thought on “Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings”

  1. Would love to try this with thawed chicken tenders (not a wing fan-too much skin and bone and little meat). Any suggestion on time in IP-was thinking maybe 8″?

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