Grilled Chile-Lime Chicken

A lime and chili marinade is the secret to this juicy and flavorful chicken.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

2
teaspoons grated lime peel
1/4
cup lime juice
1/4
cup olive or vegetable oil
2
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2
teaspoon sugar
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
small jalapeño chile, seeded, finely chopped
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
4
boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 1/4 lb)
  • 1 To make marinade, in shallow glass or plastic dish, or resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix all ingredients except chicken.
  • 2 Between pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper, place each chicken breast smooth side down; gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick. Add chicken to marinade; turn to coat. Cover dish or seal bag; refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 3 Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Cover and grill chicken over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F).

Expert Tips

If you don’t care for the taste of cilantro in the marinade, try using chopped fresh parsley instead.

To use the leftover marinade as a sauce, boil it for 1 minute to destroy any bacteria that may have been transferred to it from the chicken.

No time to make the marinade? Purchase a tequila lime marinade to use instead.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
175
(
Calories from Fat
65 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7 g
7 %
(Saturated Fat
2 g,
2 %
),
Cholesterol
75 mg
75 %;
Sodium
140 mg
140 %;
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
27 g
27 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
4 Lean Meat; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.