It was Super Bowl Sunday when I came up with this recipe. I had plans to go to a friend’s apartment to watch the game, but my friend happened to be a vegetarian. Since no game day is complete without chicken wings, I decided to make myself a few before heading out to watch the match. Instead of the standard buffalo wings, I opted for a little island flair. No, I’m no Jamaican food expert, but I know a thing or two about flavors.
The more traditional jerk chicken recipes, such as this one from Food & Wine, include a mixture of onions, garlic, Scotch bonnet chiles, and nutmeg along with a number of other ingredients. The main tenets of jerk seasoning are heat, fragrance, and deliciousness. What follows here is a slightly bastardized version that utilizes ingredients most regular home cooks will have in their pantries. The best part? It’s incredibly simple to prepare.
Jerk Chicken Wings Recipe:
- 3 Tbsps. brown sugar
- 3 Tbsps. salt
- 2 Tbsps. garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. ground allspice
- 2 tsps. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 Tbsps. apple cider vinegar
- 2 lbs. chicken wings
- sliced scallions, for garnish
- Combine all spices, oil, and vinegar to make a marinade. Toss with chicken to coat. Refrigerate for three hours (or longer if time permits).
- Preheat oven to 450˚F.
- Spread wings in an even layer on a foil lined sheet tray. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
- Let cool slightly and garnish with scallions.