Here we are, the first Monday of the month and it’s Secret Recipe Club time again…WOOHOO!! I adore reveal day, not only posting the wonderful new recipe that I made but also checking out what all the other participants chose to make. Each month the members of The Secret Recipe Club are assigned a blog from which they can make any recipe of their choosing. It sounds easy enough but there are some amazing food bloggers in the group like my assignment this month, Si of A Bountiful Kitchen. Si has a gorgeous blog and so many fabulous recipes that choosing just one was near impossible and though I’m only posting one recipe today, you will be seeing more of her recipes on my blog very soon.
Si is from Bountiful, Utah and every time that I go out to Utah to visit friends in SLC the first place I ask to dine is at Cafe Rio because I absolutely adore their Sweet Pork Barbacoa Salad and though here in Georgia, Chipotle has a pretty similar version, it’s just not the absolutely delicious same. So right off the top when I saw that Si had a recipe for Cafe Rio Style Sweet Pork Salad I knew that was what I wanted to make. The only problem was, I was completely slammed for time between Maisie’s schedule, her Level 3 Gymnastics State Meet, Maisie and I being sick, my parents coming to visit, Thanksgiving, cooking for the Level 2 & 4 State Meet which Maisie’s gym hosted and some travel thrown in, well looking at my first choice recipe was just more than I was able to handle as it included not only making the Sweet Pork but Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing and if I was going to do it, I was going to do it right and do it all. Yes I probably could have pulled it off but when I make it, I want to be able to really enjoy it so I’m saving those recipes for another day.
What I did decide to make was Si’s Texas Grilled Chicken with Lime Butter because one can never have too many good chicken recipes, it was something that would be an easy weeknight dinner and I knew from the flavors that we would adore it and I was right as we loved, loved, loved this recipe and it was so quick and easy to prepare and get on the table. I had originally planned to grill the chicken outside but the night I made it we were having tornado watches and warnings and it was raining like nobody’s business so I high temp baked the chicken and it came out perfectly, nice, juicy and delicious. My only other little change to Si’s recipe was I cut the butter and upped the lime juice in the lime butter sauce. I’m even betting that I could make the spice coating for the chicken, pop the chicken into it and then freeze it so that when I wanted to prepare it it would be an easy thaw, quickly make the butter lime sauce and dinner would be on the table. Either way, this recipe will be prepared time and time again in our home as it was absolutely delish!!
- 4-5 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves
Spice coating for chicken:
- 1 TBS ground cinnamon
- 1 TBS dark chili powder
- 1 TBS brown sugar
- 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- Juice of half a lime, not out of the bottle
- 1 Serrano chili, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced Vidalia onion
In a large Ziploc bag combine all of the spice coating ingredients and smoosh to blend well. Add the chicken to the spice mixture, squish it around to make sure all the pieces are covered with the spice coating and allow the chicken to marinate for a few hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Lay the chicken breast pieces with what would have been the skin-side up, on the pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
While the chicken is resting, in a small bowl combine the melted butter, lime juice, minced Serrano & onion. Drizzle the lime butter over the chicken pieces and garnish with fresh lime slices.
Enjoy!My previous Secret Recipe Club Recipe Posts:
Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens
Thin Mint Irish Coffee
Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Cilantro Lime Chicken
Home Style Chicken Curry