Sunday, November 4, 2012

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

 Here is an oven cooked recipe for one of Jamaica's world renowned dishes, jerk chicken. The term "jerk" in cooking, refers to a smokey spicy rub added to meats which are cooked over pimento wood. Since we do not have the pimento wood or smoke pan to cook this dish, we'll season with pimento seeds and bake in an oven. I also recommend that you use dark meat. This is a crowed pleaser!

2-3lbs chicken Wings
Fresh Thyme
4 Stalks of Scallion 
1 Small Onion
1/2 of a Small Bell Pepper
Onion Salt
1 Tbsp of Browning (see picture above)
4-5 Tsp Jamaican Jerk Sauce (Mild or Spicy)

Thaw meat and add chopped scallions, thyme, onion salt and diced bell peppers and onion. This allows the fresh seasonings to marinate before we add the jerk sauce and browning for color. I let this stand for at least an hour before I add the final two ingredients. Add the sauce and browning and allow to soak overnight or for at least 2 hours. Once marinated, bake covered in a 375 degrees oven for 2 hours. 
Check the meat after 1.5 hours, to turn each piece and drain excess liquid. 30 minutes to show time. Remove from heat after the full two hours and serve with your favorite side. I love festivals with this dish. Looks like I am going to have to post a recipe for Jamaican festival, soon :). For now, enjoy!