Following up on the Outstanding Honey Jerk Marinade I shared a couple weeks back, I thought it was only appropriate that I show you how to put it to use. While I did this version in the oven (it was the middle of winter when I documented the recipe), you can also rock this on your outdoor grill this BBQ season.
4-5 lbs chicken drumsticks
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Honey Jerk Marinade (divided)
2-3 tablespoon Honey (I used raw organic)
1 lime (juice)
In a large bowl with the cleaned chicken, add the lime juice, salt and 3/4 cup of the Honey Jerk Marinade. Allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours – overnight will give best results. Feel free to put this in a strong zipper bag.
Pre-heat your oven to 375 F and line your baking tray with parchment or foil to make cleanup easier when you’re done. I also sprayed some baking spray on the wire rack I was using (so the chicken won’t stick), Yes, I recommend using a wire rack if you got one, as it will allow the oven’s hot air to circulate the chicken, cooking it evenly.
When you place the marinated chicken on the rack, try to have some space between each piece. Then into that 375 F oven onto the middle rack. 30 minutes later, flip them over and cook for another 20 minutes.
Mix the honey with the reserved honey jerk marinade, to intensify the honey flavor in the completed jerk chicken.
After 50 minutes remove the chicken from the oven, put the oven to 400 F and brush on some of the honey/jerk marinade. Back into the oven for 20 minutes, brushing on the sort of glaze every 5 minutes. So a total of 2 times on each side of the chicken pieces.
Then to give it that punch of color I went in for 3 minutes on the “Broil” setting (550 F) – be mindful to keep an eye at this point as the high heat and sugars in the glaze could BURN easily.
At no point did I cover these with foil, in case you’re wondering. Yes any cut of chicken will work, but you’ll have to adjust the cooking time according to the size of each piece. The drippings under the rack will also be DYNAMITE!