Grilled Cilantro Chicken

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Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner and I can’t tell you how much I love eating Mexican food (Tex-Mex in the Midwest). I had a Tex-Mex Catering job, and it was so hard to walk away from because of the food. Chicken and Beef tacos with all different kinds of toppings. Yet, for today,  I wanted to just focus on this cilantro lime chicken. 

Tis the season to start grilling, and I CANNOT WAIT. I’m excited because it’s now bonfire season with grilling and gardening, fresh food straight from the ground. It’s a good time to finally feel the sun on your skin and to soak up all that nutrients we have been missing since the winter. Everything turns green and it gets me excited! 

Ingredients for the chicken:

  • Chicken breast or thighs
  • a bunch of Cilantro
  • limes or lime juice
  • garlic 
  • cumin 
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika or cayenne 
  • brown sugar

Grilling is a fun thing to do. Grab a drink, grab some tongs, hang out with friends and listen to music while you grill out. It may be intimidating at first, but if you are never sure if your food is done, grab a thermometer. It’s lifesaving. 

You want to add all of these ingredients into a bowl and allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat your grill. When it’s ripping hot add the chicken. The chicken will stick to the grill at first. LEAVE IT BE. It will unstick itself. The brown sugar will caramelize on your grill. It will be messy, but definitely worth it. Add the corn onto the grill after lightly oiling it. Cook until deeply golden and some parts are chard, (you can leave it golden if you don’t like the extra grill flavor).

Cook the chicken until 165 F in the thickest part of the protein. I matched this with mashed potatoes and corn, but another good idea is TACOS. You could dice up the chicken and add it into tacos. I would’ve done that with my leftovers, but there weren’t any! It’s a good dish, easy and only takes 30 minutes, besides the marinating.

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What do you guys like to do for Cinco De Mayo?

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