farewell dinner!

Today's the day! I am flying home to Chicago!! (woot woot!) My flight is later today so I wanted to post one last amazing recipe from the Carolina's before I go. Last night, some of my friends and family came by in honor of my last night and my brother in law cooked his famous jeera chicken wings (cumin chicken). It was delicious and one of my favorites so I decided to take some pictures and post the recipe so that I can make it myself at home. This is another great appetizer to make when having guests want to cook it right before serving it super hot. The aromas that it gives as it is cooking are unbelievable. Your guests will agree as they all hover around the stove waiting to devour it! Always a great feeling..

Jeera Chicken Wings



1.5lbs chicken drumettes, skins removed

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp grated ginger

2 tsp crushed garlic

1 serrano pepper, chopped finely

1 lemons, juiced

1 tsp cumin, ground

1/2 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp salted

1/2 tsp black pepper

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

3 Tbsp cumin seeds

Water as needed

Fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish

Squeeze of lemon


  1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the marinate ingredients with the chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for at least a couple of hours. The longer you can marinate, the better!

  2. Once you are ready to cook, heat the oil on medium high heat in a large heavy non stick skillet. Add the cumin seeds to the hot oil until they sizzle. Once you can smell the cumin, lower the heat to medium.

  3. Add the chicken to the hot pan and cook until you get nice color on the chicken. Add some water to the bottom of the pan - not much, just to add some water to create steam. Cover for about 25 minutes and let the chicken steam.

  4. Take the lid off and cook uncovered for 5 or so minutes until all the excess liquid is cooked out and the chicken crisps up.

  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

I would have taken some pictures of the chicken on a platter but I barely got close enough to the stove to take the pictures that I have. The crowd around me were not willing to wait for me to stylize the food. Also, I was hungry too! Try this and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as we did.


Staub Dutch Oven

Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven (more affordable but works great!)


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