Nothing sets Jamaican cuisine apart more than jerk. The island staple dates back to the Taíno Indians who lived on Jamaica and is composed of a delicate—and almost revered—balance of spices. These spices are typically rubbed onto chicken that is then slowly grilled to a smoky-sweet perfection. Jerk works especially well with chicken wings and can easily be prepared in the oven. Finger-licking good, indeed.
Jerk Chicken Wings
3 lb chicken wings
6 scallions, trimmed and chopped
½ Scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, seeds removed and chopped
3 garlic cloves
¼ cup malt vinegar
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp allspice
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
½ tsp nutmeg
lime wedges (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients (except chicken wings and lime wedges) in a food processor and blend until smooth. In a bowl, toss chicken wings in the mixture and refrigerate for one hour or more. To cook, preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the coated wings out evenly on the sheet. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Serve with lime wedges on the side.
Note: For a spicier version, use both halves of the pepper.
RCI® affiliated resorts in Jamaica include:
You can unwind on a catamaran at this award-winning adults-only resort. 1 Secrets Cove, Montego Bay
Member Review: “Gorgeous views from every room.”
Shares amenities with Secrets Wild Orchid by UVC. 1 Secrets Cove, Montego Bay
Member Review: “The entertainment staff was fun and engaging.”
Kayaking, snorkeling and boating are just a few of the activities on offer at this oceanfront retreat. Indies Point, Lucea
Member Review: “Extremely clean with top-notch restaurants.”
Shares amenities with Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa. West Indies Point, Lucea
Member Review: Not yet rated
For complete member reviews (as member reviews have been condensed) and additional resort listings, visit RCI.com or call 800-338-7777 (Weeks) or 877-968-7476 (Points). Club Members, please call your specific Club or RCI telephone number.
Non-RCI affiliated resorts in Jamaica include:
Half Moon Resort
Offers cottages along a crescent-shaped beach and an equestrian center. Montego Bay; 876-953-2211; halfmoon.com; doubles from $299* a night
Jake’s Treasure Beach
Family-run boutique hotel specializing in activities such as boating and bird-watching. Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach; 876-965-3000; jakeshotel.com; doubles from $95 a night
- *Prices have been converted to U.S. dollars.
- NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.
- Published: October 2016