Jerk Chicken Wings With Charred Cabbage

Jerk chicken wings with charred cabbage and a charred lemon half in a shallow black bowl.

If I may be perfectly honest, the charred cabbage in this jerk chicken wings with charred cabbage dish is nice, but the real star is the wings. I’m kind of mad at myself for not making more.

Jerk Chicken Wings With Charred Cabbage

Recipe by Dee

Ingredients

  • Jerk Seasoning and Wings
  • 4 tsp. fine sea salt

  • 2 tsp. packed light brown sugar

  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 2 tsp. paprika

  • 2 tsp. ground cumin

  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme

  • 1 tsp. ground ginger

  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves

  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder

  • 8 chicken wings, drumettes and flats *see note

  • Charred Cabbage and Lemon Garlic Yogurt Sauce
  • 1/4 of a small green cabbage, still attached to it's core *see note

  • 1/2 of a large lemon

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt

  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated with a microplane grater

  • Neutral oil like grapeseed or canola

  • Fine sea salt

Directions

  • Jerk Seasoning and Wings
  • Mix the salt and spices in a bowl until combined. Store in a small jar.
  • Pat the chicken dry and place in a wide bowl. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the jerk seasoning and rub the spices into the chicken until evenly coated. Arrange the chicken in a single layer and place, uncovered, in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Set the oven to 425 Fahrenheit or 218 Celsius.
  • Set a 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, and once it shimmers, carefully add the wings to the pan, skin side down. Sear for 4 minutes or until dark brown and slightly charred, then flip the wings and place the pan in the oven.
  • Cook the wings for 15 minutes or until cooked through with an internal temperature of 165 F or 74 C. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Charred Cabbage and Lemon Garlic Yogurt Sauce
  • Place a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Once it is very hot, add a thin layer of oil to the pan. Add the cabbage and lemon half, cut side down. Remove the lemon after it has charred, about 2 minutes. Cook the cabbage until charred, about 5 minutes on each side. Remove the cabbage from the heat and sprinkle the cut sides with salt.
  • In a small bowl, mix the yogurt, grated garlic, juice of 1/2 of the charred lemon, and a pinch of salt. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  • Serve with some of the sauce drizzled over the cabbage, use the rest as a dip for the wings, and enjoy!

Notes:

  • You can use all drumettes or all flats or you can use a chicken leg or thigh. If you choose to use a leg or thigh you’ll have to cook the chicken for much longer, 30 to 45 minutes.
  • I bake in a small countertop oven that cooks more quickly than a standard oven so if you are using one, the wings¬†may need more time to cook. I highly recommend investing in a meat thermometer to be safe.
  • Leave the chicken uncovered in the fridge so the skin dries out so you get a nice char while cooking it.
  • If you use a larger cabbage, use 1/8 of the cabbage so it cooks all the way through.
  • Leave a bit of the core attached to the cabbage so it doesn’t fall apart when you cook it.
  • This spice mix makes way more than you need, so be sure to save the rest for other uses.
A charred lemon on a dark backdrop

Ramblings:

I don’t have a lot of chicken recipes on this blog.¬†

Not because I don’t like eating chicken, but because I couldn’t figure out how to cook it in a way that met the standards that I grew up with.

My attempts were often too salty or too bland, or the chicken wouldn’t brown the way I wanted it to.

And if it did turn out well, I couldn’t replicate it because I never wrote anything down.

Which is quite counterintuitive, considering the whole blog thing.

But I’ve been putting in more of an effort to learn recently, and while all said efforts haven’t been great, some have been amazing, like this jerk chicken wings recipe.

It’s good. Really, really good. There’s something about that combination of spices, the char…

And I suppose there’s the cabbage as well, which is pretty great!

But the chicken? The chicken is absolutely yum.

The end!

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