Thursday, August 5, 2010

Honey Lime Chicken (inspired by Sunset Magazine)

Honey Lime Chicken
accompanied by fresh heirloom tomatoes and roasted fingerling potatoes w/cheddar
Leave it to Sunset Magazine to come up with a variety of delicious marinades to suit any purpose and serve them up in one cool issue (August 2010).

Recently I made the two "Perfect for Seafood" marinades - Lemongrass, Chile and Coconut Milk Shrimp and Chile Ginger Shrimp. Both were fantastic, so this time I decided to try the honey lime marinade from the "Perfect for Chicken" section and I was very pleased with the outcome.


It doesn't get any easier than this - 5 simple ingredients (not including the salt and pepper), marinade overnight, and throw on the grill.  Then sit back and enjoy the lime-infused, honey-crusted chicken.



Serves 4-6

Marinade:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 limes), plus the zest of both limes
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2 pounds of chicken (I used boneless skin-on breasts, but use whatever suits you)

In a large zip top plastic bag combine all of the ingredients except the chicken. Seal bag completely and mix well. Add chicken to bag, turn to coat and reseal. Place in refrigerator overnight.

Heat grill (either outdoor grill, or indoor grill pan) to medium high. Grill chicken for approximately 6-7 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.  If you're using fairly thin chicken breasts, cut time down.

33 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious! Will have to make this :)

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  2. My mouth is watering! I think I have to try this at the weekend..

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  3. Well hello, hello! Thank you so much!

    Haha thanks Martin!

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  4. Made this last night - fantastic!

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  5. Featured--> http://www.mealsmatter.org/recipes-meals/recipe/87682
    I linked to your blog to give credit. :) Thanks for the great dinner idea!

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  6. I liked it but the kids did not. They said it had to much lime flavor. Oh well you can't please everyone.

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  7. Yum! I saw this on pinterest! I'm a fellow foodie and this looks so good! :)

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  8. This looked awesome, but then I thought about what another poster said about her kids and the lime. I have picky eaters, so I only used half of the lime amount and it turned out great and my kids ate it! Woo hoo!

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  9. I adore lime, so I am thinking I will for sure like this....I have not made it yet, but I plan to in the next week or two. I just have to get everything I need on my next grocery store haul!

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  10. Going to try this today. Sounds so good and easy!

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  11. Yes, I think Cilantro would kick it up a notch more! If you like Cilantro that is, I sure do!

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  12. I do not think I would marinade the chicken in lime juice for more than an hour...citrus is an acid and can break down the chicken too much in my opinion. but the flavor combo is a winner.

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  13. I'm not a fan of lime at all, so I'm going to substitute with lemon. Looks simply delicious and I'll use the tomatoes as well. Too bad we don't have any heirloom tomatoes out right now.

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  14. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this recipe! I've made it several times now (we fry it in the pan until all the marinade coats it and carmelizes) and it's my go-to recipe! I always have these ingredients on-hand, it always tastes fantastic, and it's ALWAYS gone before I can have leftovers the next day! :(

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  15. This sounds amazing and is going to be great for my eating clean diet....yum!

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  16. So delicious!! May try baking it next time after marinating it. Has anyone else tried this yet?

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  17. this was really good. I froze the chicken with the marinade. today I thawed it and grilled it. very flavorful. will be making this one again for sure!

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  18. looks awesome! It is a great dish to share with friends..

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  19. Yikes...that's my dinner tonight

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  20. I just put the marinade in with the chicken and it looks like a LOT of black pepper. I'm anxious to see how it turns out!

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    1. Hi Teacher Mama - Are you using the full 2 lbs of chicken and only 1 teaspoon of black pepper?

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  21. Hello! New follower (and new to blogland :) ) We're making the marinade right now for our dinner tomorrow. Smells delicious!

    http://theaustinfamilydiary.blogspot.com/

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  22. Found this receipe on Pinterest and had it for dinner last night. Delicious! Very easy and tasted great. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. has anyone tried freezing this recipe for a make-ahead meal??

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  24. Delicious!!! I made it last night!!

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  25. We love this recipe. Going to try baking it in the marinade tonight. :)

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  26. I made this meal when I was in Vail for 4th of July a few weeks ago. I was looking for a fun side to go with the chicken that didn't involve rice or pasta

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  27. If I use only 1 lb of chicken, do I just half all the other ingredients?

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    1. Hi there - you certainly can, just make sure you rotate the bag of chicken and marinade around a few times while marinating to be sure the marinade covers all of the chicken.

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  28. That just found its way onto my Pinterest board! Soon..in my kitchen. Thanks!

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