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Jamaican Fried Chicken

Succulent Jamaican fried chicken thighs cooked to perfection using an air fryer. A recipe that the whole family are guaranteed to love.
Course Main Entree
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 591kcal
Author Charla


  • 6-8 chicken thighs

For the egg marinade

  • 2 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground onion
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of ground garlic
  • 1 cup of almond milk + 1tbsp of lemon
  • 1 large egg

For the breadcrumbs

  • 2 cups of ground almonds
  • cup of tapioca starch don't use to make the recipe keto
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of pink salt
  • **Spray on cooking oil olive oil spray


  • In a large pour in the almond milk, lemon and crack the egg and whisk everything together.
  • Add all of the ingredients listed for the egg marinade - hot sauce, pink salt, ginger, onion, garlic and black pepper.
  • Whisk the condiments into the egg/milk mixture.
  • Add all of the chicken thighs facing downwards so the fleshy part is saturated in the liquid.
  • Cover and leave to marinate for at least an hour or preferably overnight
  • To make the breadcrumb mix all of the ingredients listed together with the ground almonds in a bowl.
  • Use two fingers grip the chicken at the edge as not rub off the excess and roll evenly in the breadcrumbs. Again handle with care, grip with two fingers so most of the breading doesn't slide off.
  • Shake off any excess breading
  • Spray the air fryer basket evenly with cooking oil then add the chicken thighs, depending on the size of your unit, you may have to cook in batches.
  • Spray the top of the chicken too so it's not dry.
  • Switch the fryer on and manually set to 175oc for 25 minutes
  • Turn the chicken over half way through the given time and spray the top of the chicken and basket again to prevent sticking
  • Serve accordingly


  • Air fryer brands, tend to vary so keep an eye on the time and temperate as some cook quicker than others.
  • You are more than welcome to switch things up by using wings, legs or breasts etc...again the cooking temperature/time will vary.
  • The recipe post contains the oven instructions, go to the paragraph entitled "oven baked version"
  • Be gentle when coating the chicken, be sure to roll and press the coating into the chicken so it sticks.
  • When the chicken is cooked the juicy will run clear or the official internal cooking temperature is 165F (75c)


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1325IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 4mg