Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tequila Lime Chicken

Here is an easy chicken recipe perfect for summer grilling. The chicken marinates overnight, so there's not much work to do just before dinner. I would have liked this better with some fresh chopped cilantro, but otherwise I thought it was a great recipe. I used boneless skinless free range chicken, but using skin-on chicken would have made it juicier. This marinade would also be yummy for shrimp kabobs. Next time I'll try that.
Tequila Lime Chicken
Serves 6
  • 1/2 cup gold tequila
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (5 to 6 limes)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeno pepper (1 pepper seeded)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 whole (6 split) boneless chicken breasts, skin on

Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken breasts. Refrigerate overnight.

Heat a grill with coals and brush the rack with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, sprinkle well with salt and pepper, and grill them skin-side down for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, until just cooked through. Remove from the grill to a plate. Cover tightly and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe by Ina Garten

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