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Lime- and Chili-Rubbed Chicken Breasts

 105 Ratings
30 Comments
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 4

A robust rub turns ordinary chicken into extraordinary grilled chicken.

Ingredients

2
teaspoons chili powder
2
teaspoons packed brown sugar
2
teaspoons grated lime peel
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon garlic powder
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
4
boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb)
2
teaspoons olive or canola oil

Directions

  • 1 Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small bowl, mix chili powder, brown sugar, lime peel, salt, garlic powder and ground red pepper. Rub both sides of chicken with oil, then with spice mixture.
  • 2 Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 10 to 15 minutes, turning once or twice, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F).

Expert Tips

Refrigerating the "rubbed" chicken 20 to 30 minutes before grilling really enhances the flavor.

You can bake the chicken. Place the rubbed chicken in a foil-lined shallow baking pan and bake in a 375°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
200
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
85mg
85%;
Sodium
390mg
390%;
Total Carbohydrate
3g
3%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
31g
31%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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