Thursday, April 26, 2007

Grilled Lime and Chile Chicken with Mango and Red Bell Pepper Salsa


Yesterday I shared the recipe for this Mango Salsa with Red Bell Pepper, and I promised I'd be right back to show what I served it with. I've always been fond of creating my own recipes, and this recipe is one I made up more than ten years ago. Since then I tried Grilled Fusion Chicken from Sunset magazine, which had similar ingredients, but the end result was quite different. This chicken has a very pronounced lime and chile flavor, which I thought was a perfect match for the fruity salsa. If you're not that much of a fan of lime, you might like the Grilled Fusion Chicken with the salsa instead.

When I'm marinating boneless-skinless chicken breasts, I like to cut small slits crosswise down the chicken which helps the marinade to penetrate. I think it also gives a finished look to the cooked chicken, especially with a dark-colored marinade like this which doesn't let the grill marks show as much as lighter preparations.

I marinated this chicken all day, inside a ziploc bag in the refrigerator. If you're rushed for time, even a few hours of marinating will give the chicken a lot of flavor. Marinades with oil will keep the chicken from drying out on the grill. This chicken was moist and really delicious!


Grilled Lime and Chile Chicken with Mango and Red Bell Pepper Salsa
(Makes 4 servings, recipe created by Kalyn many years ago.)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup peanut oil
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 tsp chile powder (I use Ancho Chile powder from Penzeys)
1 tsp. garlic puree (also called ground garlic)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground cumin (or less if you're not that fond of cumin)
2 T Worcestershire sauce

(Click for step-by-step photos of how to make grilled chicken breasts.)

Trim all visible fat and tendons from chicken breasts. If desired, cut small slits crosswise down the length of each breast. Put chicken in single layer inside Ziploc bag. Mix marinade ingredients and pour into bag. Let chicken marinate in refrigerator 4-8 hours, turning occasionally if possible.

Spray grill grate with non-stick spray or wipe with paper towel dipped in olive oil. Preheat gas or charcoal barbecue to medium high. (You can only hold your hand there for 2-3 seconds at that heat.) Put chicken on grill top side down. To get nice grill marks, cook about 4-5 minutes, then rotate 45 degrees and cook 4-5 minutes more on same side. Turn chicken over and cook until it feels firm, but not hard to the touch when you press it with your finger, about 15-20 minutes total cooking time, depending on the exact temperature of your grill.

This chicken could also be cooked in a stove-top grill pan with ridges or a George Foreman Grill with good results.

Serve hot, with Mango Salsa with Red Bell Peppers if desired.




South Beach Suggestions:
This chicken alone is a perfect main course dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet, but if served with the Mango Salsa, it would be phase two or three. Serve with something like Grilled Zucchini or Grilled Mushrooms, and maybe some Georgette's Really Lemony Greek Pilafi if you're cooking for phase two or three. I think guacamole would also be a great flavor to pair with this recipe.

More Grilled Chicken to Try:
Very Greek Grilled Chicken
Grilled Chicken Sanpete Kabobs
Rosemary Mustard Grilled Chicken
Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar
Curried Chicken on the Grill with Cilantro Chutney
Grilled Curried Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce
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21 comments:

  1. If anyone tried to leave a comment earlier, somehow comments and backlinks were both turned off on this post. I know I didn't change it, so it must be a Gremlin in the blogger dashboard again.

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  2. Oh my...that looks DELICOUS!! Wow!

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  3. This looks delicious Kalyn, I'm surely gonna try this for our BBQ on sunday! :)

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  4. Great tip about cutting slits in the chicken before marinating...thanks!

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  5. That's a beautiful picture. The colors and the cubes of mango is irresistable. I would love to make that--so I will! :)

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  6. Kristen, Meena, Larissa, and Sher, thanks for the nice feedback. I'm already planning to serve this for a party I'm having next weekend. It was easy and so delicious.

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  7. now this looks REALLY good.

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  8. This looks very tasty. I have a family history of diabetes (type 2) and would like to get on the ball before I am diagnosed with it. I'm glad I've found your cyber kitchen!

    ~Bea

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  9. Kalyn, Thanks for featuring jugalbandi.info on BlogHer. We welcome postcards from all places (hint hint !). One of these days we'll be sending something for WHB.
    --Jai

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  10. Thanks Anna, it was!

    Bea, there are a lot of advantages to this way of eating. Your energy will increase and for me it took away mood swings which I'd always kind of battled. Good luck.

    Bee, I love the postcards. Maybe this summer I can do one when I'm out of school. I'll have to think about what makes Utah unique. Love to have you participate in WHB, your recipes look so interesting.

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  11. Well, now I'm torn I have so many tomatoes to use but just as many bell peppers!
    These are really lovely.

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  12. What side dishes do you recommend with this recipe

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  13. Anonymous, there are side dish suggestions already in the post after the recipe.

    Really, this is so flavorful that all you'd need is something simple like a green salad or some rice and it would be a great meal.

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  14. This chicken recipe is my new favorite. Made it tonight and we all loved it, even the 6-year old who normally does not like chicken. Thanks!

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  15. Linda, so glad everyone (even the 6 year old!) liked it.

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  16. Re the Grilled Line and Chile Chicken: What other oils can I substitute? I want to make this on Friday but my boyfriend has a peanut allergy. I have corn oil, canola and olive oil on hand; which would lend themselves best to this recipe? Or can you recommend another oil?

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  17. I think any of those oils would be okay in this, but I'd probably use canola if you can't use peanut oil.

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  18. Thank you for the recipe! Made the Grilled Lime and Chile Chicken with Mango and Red Bell Pepper Salsa tonight for some friends and it was a huge hit. I grilled the chicken on the gas grill and served it with pan grilled zucchini (marinated in olive oil, lots of garlic and freshly cracked pepper; tossed on some kosher salt while it was grilling) and Ginger-Cilantro Rice from Epicurious.

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  19. Denise, so glad you liked it. (And I love the sound of that Ginger-Cilantro Rice!)

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  20. Denise, just printed the recipe for Ginger Cilantro Rice; thanks again for the recommendation and tips!

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  21. I marinated it last night and made it for dinner tonight. I loved it! My kids did too. The salsa was also delicious but I used parsley instead of cilantro.

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