Jerk Turkey Wings: A Delicious Holiday Alternative

These delicious Jerk turkey wings are an alternative take on classic thanksgiving turkey that’ll have you and your family and friends craving for more!

Jerk Turkey Wings

Recently, I visited New York for a mini culinary exploration, and if you have been following me on Instagram (you should if you aren’t) you would have seen that one of the culinary highlights of my mini vacation was in Crown Heights. Crown Heights (specifically Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn) is home to what in my opinion is the best Caribbean food in New York, and I might even say in the U.S. I am not 100 percent certain of course, but I challenge you to tell me of a neighborhood with better Caribbean food… mind you this won’t be easy as I have sampled a large variety of Caribbean foods from a ton of other neighborhoods! The diversity of Caribbean culture there is also quite refreshing, there is a Bajan restaurant next to a Jamaican restaurant, a few steps away from a Trini bakery; I could go on and on. This trip inspired one of the dishes I will be serving for Thanksgiving this year: Jerk turkey wings, in a delicious alternative take on thanksgiving turkey that will have you and your friends craving for more!

Jerk Turkey Wings - top view

Something interesting about me and my family is that we are not the biggest fans of turkey. In fact, the only part of the bird any of us seem to enjoy are the wings, so this year, just like last year, we will be serving just the turkey wings. No point cooking a whole bird if no one is really going to enjoy it. Of course after eating some amazing jerk in Brooklyn, I decided I wanted to make Jerk turkey wings to add a little fun to my Thanksgiving table. My initial set of wings were consumed so quickly I was begged/cajoled/threatened (yeah, the life of a food enthusiast) to make another batch. Of course I promised to make the jerk turkey wings again this thanksgiving and I already have a crowd of consumers waiting with baited breath.

Enough of my history and inspiration story, here is my Jerk turkey wings recipe:

Jerk Turkey Wings - top far shot

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Jerk Turkey Wings
Jerk Turkey Wings Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These delicious Jerk turkey wings are an alternative take on classic thanksgiving turkey that'll have you and your family and friends craving for more!

Servings: 10
Calories: 266 kcal
Jerk Sauce
  • 1 small sweet onion or 3 stalks of green onions
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 thumb size ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil not extra virgin
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp whole allspice berries (or 1.5 tsp ground allspice)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Jerk Turkey Wings
  • 3 lbs turkey wings
  • ½ jerk sauce
  1. To make the jerk marinade, blend all the marinade ingredients until smooth.
  2. Make sure the wings are cut into flats/ wingettes and drumettes. Cut off the tips and discard or save for making turkey stock.
  3. Marinade the prepared wings in the jerk seasoning and allow to sit in the marinade for 1- 2 hours.
  4. Place the marinated turkey wings onto a baking tray, and broil on low in an oven for 15 minutes on each side (a total of 30 minutes on low).

  5. After the turkey has boiled on low, turn the broiler up to high, and broil again for 3- 5 minutes on each side of the turkey to make sure it is browned on each side. Keep an eye on the turkey while it is broiling on high to make sure it does not burn.

    Serve warm and Enjoy!

Jerk Turkey Wings - close up shot

This jerk turkey wings recipe makes so much sense and tastes so good, I’m surprised it’s not a national staple!I’m so sure you’ll love this jerk recipe so let me know how it turns out. If you’re looking for more jerk recipes, you can also check out my jerk mushroom medley pizza  and why not try out my chick-un vegan hand pies or my pumpkin drop donuts for some more thanksgiving goodness? Your family will thank you for it!!


  1. Faith

    November 21, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Oh how delightful! I tried the jerk mushroom pizza and that was divine so I’m sure this will be extremely delicious! Thanksgiving at your house must be filled with all kinds of flavor. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Osaze

    November 21, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Oh how delightful! I tried the jerk mushroom pizza and that was divine so I’m sure this will be extremely delicious! Thanksgiving at your house must be filled with all kinds of flavor. Can’t wait to try this!

  3. Albert Bevia

    November 21, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I love this take on turkey wings, the sound so delicious! and so many great spices that you used in this recipe, great stuff

  4. Elaine @ Dishes Delish

    November 21, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Yum!! Serious Yum!! That’s funny that your family isn’t fond of turkey! I only like the dark meat and the wings. I could so get into your jerk turkey wings!! I can’t wait to find some turkey wings and make it!

  5. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

    November 21, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Turkey wings – what a fun idea! My husband loves jerk seasoning – he actually used some of it on chicken thighs for dinner tonight. These wings would be a BIG hit at our dinner table – yum!

  6. Maria Rose

    November 22, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Jery turkey wings looking so yummy. I try it on My next weekend.Thanks for sharing

  7. Ben Myhre

    November 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Wings are definitely a weakness of mine. These look terrific.

  8. Monica Le

    November 22, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    oh yummy this Turkey Wings looks so delicious… wish I had some right now!

  9. Nicoletta @sugarlovespices

    November 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I am pescetarian, but my husband and stepson love chicken wings and they would be thrilled to try this recipe!

  10. Tina

    November 24, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Turkey is difficult to get just right but the winds are always good. I never thought to just cook the wings. I wonder if I can find turkey wings in my neck of the woods. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Lois

      November 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

      I find them at my local grocery store for a pretty good price so you can by bunch!

  11. Anne Murphy

    November 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Those look so beautifully brown! Next time I get my hands on a scotch bonnet, I may need to try this.

  12. Sues

    November 26, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I missed these for Thanksgiving, but they’d also make an awesome game day treat!! My husband will be psyched 🙂

  13. prasanna hede

    November 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    This looks absolute delish…Turkey wings sounds so yummm! wonderful ingredients too.

  14. Christine

    November 26, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Such a brilliant idea to have an alternative for Thanksgiving like this one! I’d love to make this recipe for the holidays. My husband loves wings!

    • Lois

      November 27, 2017 at 10:17 am

      I hope he likes this one too!

  15. prasanna hede

    November 27, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Your pictures are so gorgeous! Wonderful spices used in this recipe,Turkey wings is so exciting!

    • Lois

      November 27, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Prasanna!

  16. Kate

    November 27, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Oh my gosh, that sauce! It sounds increeeeeedible!

    • Lois

      November 27, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Thanks Kate!

  17. Amanda

    November 27, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I love the flavors in this jerk marinade! These turkey wings would also be a great alternative to chicken for Game Day parties!

  18. Jessica Pinney

    November 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I can always use more wing recipes in my life and this one looks “mmm-azing”! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  19. Agness of Run Agness Run

    November 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

    My family will love this recipe and thus, I will have to learn how to cook this. Your recipe and instructions are truly detailed and totally manageable, Lois! Is there any alternative to using soy sauce?

    • Lois

      November 28, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Agness! I think a good substitute for soy sauce in this recipe would be tamari or coconut aminos, you could even try maggi sauce if you do not mind cooking with msg. I would stay away from fish sauce though, it might ruin the flavor of this recipe.


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