I. Love. Hot. Food. Plain and simple. The hotter the better, but I can say I’ve never tried the hottest chilli pepper, which according to the Guinness World Records, is a Carolina Reaper (any type of food with the word Reaper in it is already making me nervous)! A Carolina Reaper is 1,569,300 Scoville heat units. The heat of chilli peppers is measured using the Scoville Heat Unit Scale, was developed in 1912.
So let’s put this in perspective. The Scoville heat unit of a jalapeno ranges from 3,500-8000. Now at 1,569,300 can you imagine how hot that Carolina Reaper is? There is no way you will ever catch me eating one of those. Eva. Ain’t happenin’! You can learn more about peppers from the Chile Pepper Institute. I had no idea it even existed.
Now back to the scheduled program, jerk chicken wings…
Jerk Chicken wings are yummy, hot, and flavorful. It doesn’t take much to make them and the ingredients are few! My older sister loves my jerk chicken wings so when I see her, which unfortunately isn’t often since she lives in Kansas, she asks me to make them.
Today I had a hankerin’ for some, so guess what? Time to get in the kitchen and start cooking! My recipe for jerk wings is quick and easy; four ingredients and that’s it so even if you don’t think you can cook, you can definitely make this and let people think you were in the kitchen working all day! When cooking, I try to keep it simple when I can and this is one of those times.
I start with a package of wingettes (which is usually about 1 pound), rinse them off and soak them in a bowl with lukewarm water and fresh juice from a lemon for about 30 minutes. I then pour the water out and rinse the chicken off once again.
Now it’s time for the marinade. The 3 main ingredients I use are right here. I learned about Grace Seasonings several years ago and these are the only ones I will use to make my jerk wings. They aren’t heavy, but they do pack a punch and make my chicken h.o.t and flavorful, just like I like them!
Pour a tablespoon of olive oil onto the chicken and mix throughout to make sure all of the chicken is coated. Next, I shake the Caribbean Traditions Jerk Seasoning on the chicken, about 2 tablespoons to coat all of the chicken. I like my food seasoned very well so if you aren’t as big on seasoning as I am, cut it back to 1 tablespoon.
Now comes the goodness! It’s time to pour the Grace Jerk Marinade onto the wingettes. I don’t measure, I just pour, but about a 2 cups should do it.
By now, your chicken should smell so good from the seasoning and marinade. It’s time to add the last ingredient to kick up the heat-the Hot Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. The jar says hot for a reason and boy is it ever! I don’t add a lot, but just enough, which is about 2 tablespoons. With this marinade, a little goes a long way and yes, your chicken will be hot, but I promise you it won’t be 1,569,300 Scoville heat units hot!
Pour everything into a large, plastic resealable bag, give it a shake and leave it in the refrigerator to marinate while you find something else to do for a few hours, like go to a Nationals Baseball game.
While my chicken wings were marinating, I hopped on the Metro (DC subway) to meet a girlfriend to watch the Nationals play. Is this what I normally do when my food needs to marinate? Nope, but since I’ve got just a couple of weeks left, a girl has to have some fun!
The game was great, the Nats won, and now I’ve worked up an appetite from all that cheering.
I’ll place my chicken wings in a bowl, cover them tightly with foil and into the oven they go!
I wish someone would create an oven you can control from your phone while you are away. Yes, I know it would be dangerous to have an oven on if you weren’t at home, but somehow this oven would be smart enough to know if it was getting too hot, or something overflowed onto the baking element. It would notify your phone if something wasn’t quite right and you could adjust the temperature accordingly, all from your phone.
It would have been so wonderful to come home to the smell of these jerk chicken wings. Well, a gal can dream. Next time I’ll cook them in the crockpot.
The wings will cook at 200 degrees for 1 hour and then I’ll turn the oven up to 350 degrees and cook for about 30-45 minutes.
When it’s time to pull them out of the oven, the meat is falling off the bones, just how I like them! I try to pick each one up one by one, but I end up with a chicken bone in my hand and the meat falling right back into the pan.
I’ll scoop these out the pan, place over rice and voilá, dinner is served!
See ya later!