Sticky Rum and Scotch Bonnet Chicken Wings


Sticky Rum and Scotch Bonnet Chicken Wings

I’m always thinking about the next thing I can sling on the BBQ. This weekend I fancied flavours of the Caribbean and my thoughts, naturally, turned to RUM. I used that as a boozy base for a marinade, then added a mixture of marmalade and honey, which caramelised on the grill and gave the stickiness I was after. Lime juice provided astringency, garlic and thyme fragrance and a scotch bonnet chilli, proper heat. A hint of allspice muddled nicely with the rum.

After playing around with a few variations, I’ve arrived at this recipe which makes a rather sexy pile of wings. The depth of a pirate-sized slug of Captain Morgan, sweet fruit, lip-tingling heat. Mmmm. Wings are excellent on the BBQ as they’re cheap, have a lot of surface area to hold marinade and they cook quickly, so you can get them nice and charred outside and juicy within.

I served this with a bowl of pineapple salsa, which compliments the booze, and a large kitchen roll. Sticky…

Sticky rum and scotch bonnet chicken wings

(makes enough marinade for 10 wings)

10 chicken wings

2 tablespoons runny honey
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
A thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated
50ml dark rum (I used Captain Morgan)
Zest and juice of 1 large lime plus 1 more for serving
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 scotch bonnet, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl, stirring until well mixed and the marmalade is no longer lumpy. Pour about 3/4 of the marinade over the wings, mix to make sure they are well coated then cover and refrigerate overnight. During the day time, try and move the wings around in the marinade a few times if you can, it helps to get them nicely coated.

Preheat your BBQ and cook the wings, turning them often and brushing regularly with the remaining 1/4 of the marinade. Do this until all the marinade is gone, the wings are sticky, charred and cooked through.

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    Reply aforkfulofspaghetti May 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Um, yeah. I’ll take 24, please 😉

    *curses lack of chicken wings in the house*

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    Reply Huey May 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    . . marmelade – great idea!

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    Reply Lizzie May 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Rummy marinade! Excellent stuff. I can imagine emerging from inhaling these bad boys, face covered in chicken fat.

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    Reply Becca Rothwell May 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    If this is anywhere near as good as your piri piri chicken marinade it will be amazing! I’m going to have to try this one soon.

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    Reply Jonathan May 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Nice. Rum. Awesome. It would be great to get Steingarten on this and experiment with different rums to get different results.

    I can imagine…

    Havanna Club marinade with coke and lime to make a sort of Cuba Libre effect – garnished with mint

    Lambs marinade with a hint of sick

    10 Cane marinade with sugar cane and lime

    Malibu marinade with pineapple and coconut

    Bacardi with sugar syrup and mint to make Mojito wings

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    Reply sathlondonshona May 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I think I have made my support for this recipe known on, erm, every form of social media. However, having thought about it again, I think the only fault I can think to find is, why use Captain Morgans when such finer rums exist. Appeltons or Havana Club for example (7yr old natch)
    Horray again! Shona

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    Reply Helen May 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    aforkfulofspaghetti – 24?! Lightweight.

    Huey – cheers!

    Mabs – you will, on Saturday

    Becca – awww, thank you

    sathlondonshona – I used Captain Morgan because I just forked out for a holiday to Puglia in June and I’m skint! If you used proper rum though – BOOM.

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    Reply Lizzie May 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Hooray! (Surely good rum should be reserved for drinking? Anyway, I love captain morgan’s.)

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    Reply Gin and Crumpets May 3, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Hell yes! Wings are actually my favourite bit of a chicken and this marinade sounds delicious. Totally need to have a barbecue now to try this.

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    Reply Food Urchin May 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Lizzie, I’ve got a sneaky feeling that the 50ml of rum was all that Helen had left but *hurumph hurumph* er great recipe and all that ; )

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    Reply Margaret May 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    You could almost start a new sub-section called ‘beautiful plates I use to serve my tasty dishes from’

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    Reply Tori (@eat-tori) May 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Oh my. This is crying out for a sunny day and a very large mojito. Or two. I love it.

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    Reply penny May 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    These look like the perfect recipe for any bbq this summer – they look delicious!

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    Reply Tv Food and Drink May 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I love the way you toss around the word “booze.” If you lived in Hollywood, I think we would hang out a lot. I am a blessed fan of every ingredient in this recipe, and it’s perfect fixins’ for a warm L.A. summer spent on the balcony! Thanks!

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    Reply Lauren May 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    This looks amazing… Where do you get your chicken wings from?

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    Reply Helen May 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Lauren – I get them from either G G Sparkes or William Rose.

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    Reply Tauseef Abbas May 10, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Thank you for a great recipe, I love to cook, after knowing the ingredients that you used and the way you cooked it tell how delicious this dish can be.

    I hope I will find some more recipes to add in my cooking-book.

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    Reply Oriental Palace May 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    wow – this recipe looks amazing – I am definitely going to try and recreate this (and hope it turns out just as well) – thanks!!


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