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Spice Up a Sweet Bird – Sweet N Hot Jerk Chicken Wings

January 13, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHoney is one way to reduce artificial sugar in the diet but it does so much more.

Recently I found Spoonfuls of Honey by Hattie Ellis and I thought readers here might be interested in checking it out. For those looking for healthier desserts, snacks and other goodies, this could be the ticket. For those interested in eating more fruit and garden offerings and less processed treats, this has 80 recipes to enjoy. It’s a UK based book, but don’t let that stop you from looking through things like Salted Honey Butterscotch sauce or honey roasted roots or honey fudge. Interesting stories accompany each recipe. Main course with duck, lamb and other meats offer something beyond pork and beef.

Here’s a tasty, spicy recipe that just begs for a summer grill but can be enjoyed right now. Plan ahead and have the talk of the Super Bowl party.

Sweet N Hot Jerk Chicken Wings

20 chicken wings

lime wedges, to serve

Jerk Marinade –

thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

green parts of 4 spring onions, roughly chopped

1/4 to 1/2 scotch bonnet chili (or other chili, deseeded and finely chopped)

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

2 teaspoon finely grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons honey

3 1/2 fluid ounces cider vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

Put all ingredients for the jerk marinade into a small blender and whizz to a smooth paste. Put the chicken wings in a non-metallic dish and mix thoroughly with the marinade. Cover and leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour and ideally overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375*F and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Add the chicken wings, ideally with a little space between them, and spoon over the jerk marinade. Cook the wings for 45 minutes, spooning the marinade over once or twice, until the marinade has reduced right down to a sticky coating but hasn’t burned. Serve hot or warm with a wedge of lime to squeeze over.

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