Sticky Jerk Wings with Sugared Oranges

These will be a summer barbecue favourite!


  • 12 chicken wings
  • 2 tblsp soft light brown or demerara sugar
  • 2 pipless oranges
  • 5 long, mild red chillies (whole and undamaged)
  • for the jerk marinade:
  • 4 spring onions (green part only, roughly chopped)
  • 1 hot red chilli (ideally scotch bonnet, seeds left in)
  • 3 cm piece of root ginger (cut into chunks)
  • 2 tblsp thyme leaves
  • 100 ml cider vinegar
  • 3 tblsp honey
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Put the marinade ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth.
  2. Alternately, pound the ingredients to a paste using a pestle and mortar.
  3. Pour it over the wings, turning them over so they are well coated. Leave to marinate, covered, in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight if more convenient, turning the wings over once or twice.
  4. Get a barbecue going until the coals die down to hot grey ash (or preheat an oven to 190ºC/375ºF/Gas 5).
  5. Barbecue or cook the wings, turning them over a few times, until they are cooked through (the juices should run clear when a skewer is pushed into the thickest point) and nicely brown, basting with any leftover jerk marinade (about 15 minutes).
  6. While the wings are cooking, sprinkle the sugar on to a plate and cut the oranges into quarters.
  7. Dip the cut sides of each piece into the sugar and cook on the barbecue (or in a heavy dry frying pan or under a stovetop grill) for a few minutes until the sugar has caramelized.
  8. Keep a close eye on the oranges to prevent them from burning. At the same time, chargrill the chillies.
  9. Serve the wings with the caramelized oranges and chargrilled chillies.


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