Recipe: Jerk Chicken

This recipe is Jonah’s signature dish. It features in Chapter 5 of Addled when Zoe visits the Village and meets the feral cat Maya, and watches Jonah cook: “his sinuous fingers chopping chillies and onions as he danced between the benches in a cloud of allspice and ginger.” Jerk used to just refer to a dry method of barbecuing using different woods to bring out various flavours. Now it refers to a specific sauce. To re-create this recipe for yourself, you will need:

Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken – serves 4


12 chicken wings
4 spring onions, green part only (roughly chopped)
1 red hot chilli with seeds left in (ideally Scotch bonnet)
3 cm piece of root ginger (cut into chunks)
2 tbsp thyme leaves
100ml (3.5fl oz) cider vinegar
3 tbsp honey
2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Put all the ingredients (apart from the chicken) in a blender and mix until smooth. Or you can pound away in a pestle and mortar to create a paste. This is your jerk marinade.

Pour the marinade over the chicken wings and make sure they’re well coated on each side. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours (or overnight), turning the wings over once or twice during that time.

Get your barbecue going, or heat an oven to 190 C/375 F/gas mark 5. Barbecue or cook the chicken, turning them over a few times until cooked and brown. The juices should run clear when you push a skewer into the thickest point. Baste with any leftover jerk marinade. It should take about 15 minutes.

Serve with whatever you like!

recipe from Caribbean Food Made Easy by Levi Roots

Image: Jerk


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