Monday, June 7, 2010

Taco Chicken

I tried this chicken about a year ago for dinner group and it was the first time EVER where everyone in dinner group asked me for the recipe. On the surface, the recipe seems really basic and simple. But somehow, the combination of the taco seasonings with the red wine vinegar and lime juice makes wonderful things happen. The chicken is literally bursting with flavor and juiciness. I cannot emphasize enough how much you must try this most basic chicken recipe. It is easy and it is awesome.

Feeds 4-6

1 lb. chicken breasts or thighs
A couple of juicy limes
A splash of red wine vinegar
2-3 cloves garlic, pressed or coarsely chopped
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

1. Juice the limes and combine with a couple splashes of red wine vinegar. Add garlic. Pour over chicken. This will not completely cover the chicken; just turn it occasionally as needed. Marinate for at least 4 hours, no longer than 8.

2. Fire up your grill, broiler, Foreman grill, etc. Combine the salt, chili powder, cumin, and black pepper in a small bowl. Liberally sprinkle the seasoning mixture all over your chicken.  (I make this chicken recipe so often, I made an extra large batch of this seasoning blend and keep it in my pantry at all times.)

3. Grill the chicken until done, being sure to flip the chicken over during the grilling process. Allow the meat to rest for several minutes before cutting into it. Serve it in tacos, enchiladas, soup, fajitas, or with rice and beans, or anything else that lights your fancy.