Sunday, February 3, 2013

SuperBowl XLVII! Game Time with Baked Caribbean Jerk Chicken Wings!

It’s game time! Super Bowl XLVII is finally here! Let’s go Niners! What am I doing to play a part in all of the madness?? Besides prepping my heart for the big game, I came up with this recipe…well to be more accurate, I came up with an adaptation to the many recipes I came across for making jerk chicken.

I knew I wanted to make wings of some sort but I’m not really a huge fan of Buffalo wings and only sometimes do I prefer them, today is not that day. Then I remembered back in May, my friend’s sister was baking chicken wings for a family event and immediately I wanted some. Though I had no idea what type of chicken wings she was making (I think she told me…but it’s been a while since last May, I have clearly forgotten), it reminded me of jerk chicken and so that is what I decided to settle on. 

When I got to the store to pick up the chicken wings, I thought, well since it’s the Super Bowl I definitely don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen so maybe I’ll just be lazy this time and get wings, a bottle of sauce, and throw some spices I have at home on it and be done with it. When I got down to the sauce/rubs aisle and picked up a potential mate for my wings, turn it over to read the ingredients/nutrition label – because I have that habit – I realized “man there is a lot of sodium and high fructose corn syrup in this”… pick up another bottle, same thing…this is looking grim. Finally I decided to just do a quick search on my phone to see what the long method for making jerk chicken is, turns out not so difficult and I have all the spices at home already. Well problem solved, now I don’t have to worry about all those mysterious ingredients in the bottled sauces, I can make my own.

I suggest making the rub the night before you plan to bake it so it can marinate overnight but if not, then at least let it marinate for 1-2 hours.

Baked Caribbean Jerk Chicken Wings
 printable recipe here

  • Package of chicken wings (mine had about 20 wings)
For spice rub:
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or salt)
  • 1 tsp ground all spice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp Yoshida sauce (or soy sauce)

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl to create the jerk rub, even coat chicken wings in rub, transfer to a zip lock bag and refrigerate overnight (or 1-2 hours) to let it marinate.
  2. Before baking, coat pan with a little bit of oil, place chicken in, and bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  3.  Enjoy!
Like all new recipes, there was not without fault, my original recipe was a little heavy on the cumin, which in this version I’ve already cut back on. If you are a cumin lover, this isn’t even an issue. Aside from the cumin mini mishap, these wings came out phenomenal! Slightly sweet and savory and a power punch when it came to the spices. Perfectly marinated, perfectly baked, a perfect appetizer to any party/event. Did I mention it was super easy? Marinate and forget then bake and celebrate!

  Now that food is set, it’s time to play! Go Niners!!! Bring home that sixth Super Bowl win!

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