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Jack Blumenthal’s Jerk Chicken

“I produced this recipe when I was a chef trainer at the University of West London. The students and customers loved it.”

Jack Blumenthal

PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINUTES, PLUS 6-12 HOURS MARINATING | COOKING TIME: 20 MINUTES | SERVES 6

Ingredients

  • 1 scotch bonnet, cored and roughly chopped
  • 3 spring onions, chopped 80g root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 20g tomato paste
  • 3 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked and stalks discarded)
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground allspice
  • 1½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1⁄2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1⁄2 tbsp white pepper
  • 4 tsp sea salt
  • 150g muscovado sugar
  • 150g Canadian maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2kg chicken wings (ask your butcher to remove the tips)
  • 330ml premium lager (San Miguel or Red Stripe works great)
  • 3 limes, zested and juiced
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • Fresh coriander leaves

Method

Using a food processor, blitz the scary hot scotch bonnet, spring onions, ginger, garlic, tomato paste, thyme, parsley, spices, salt, sugar, maple syrup and oil together until a loose paste forms.

Find a large tray big enough to fit all the chicken wings in, or several suitable containers. If you have food-safe gloves, get those bad boys on. If not, wash your hands before you go to the toilet, or you’re in a world of pain.

Smother all the wings in the paste. Do not be shy and ensure every part of every wing is covered. Cover the chicken and refrigerate for 6 to 12 hours. Ideally, prepare this the day before and marinate overnight.

When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 160°c and prepare a skillet. Alternatively, get the barbecue roaring.

Line a baking tray with a baking sheet or greaseproof paper. Take the wings out of the marinade, keeping everything left in the containers, and place them on the lined baking tray. Bake the wings for 15 minutes in the preheated oven.

In the meantime, put all the remaining marinade into a saucepan. Do not waste a drop; this is flavour town. Add the beer and all the lime zest and juice with a splash of water. Bring to the boil then turn down to a simmer.

Cook until the amount has reduced by half to create a glaze.

Once your skillet or barbecue is roaring hot (nearly smoking) remove your wings from the oven and get them cooking. You should hear a very intense sizzle.

Cook the wings for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until they turn a deep dark charred colour, then apply the thick jerk glaze to each wing. Serve with the lime wedges and fresh coriander leaves.

This recipe appears in From Beder’s Kitchen, a charity cookbook containing a collection of recipes and reflections from amazing foodies around the world including head and executive chefs at some of the UK’s leading restaurants; MasterChef winners; TV chefs; food bloggers; nutritionists; best-selling authors; a Great British Bake Off winner and mental health advocates. There are 90 contributors in all, who have donated recipes and shared their personal experiences and words of advice about looking after their mental health and how food has played a part in that.

From Beder’s Kitchen is £22.50 at www.beder.org.uk, Harrods, Whole Foods Kensington, Daylesford Organic Farm Shop and Virgin Megastore (Al Maryah Island, Dubai Marina Mall, Yas Mall, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates).

Click here to read the article by Razzak Mirjan, Founder of Beder, to find out more about the charity and cookbook.

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