Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chipotle Lime Chicken

Typically, when we have wanted to have grilled chicken for dinner I go to Central Market and pick up some of their pre-marinated chicken breasts. Their selection includes a variety of marinades, my favorite of which is chipotle lime. While this is still true, in the past year they have changed their recipe and it no longer carries the same kick that it once did.

So, I decided it was time that I tried making a chipotle lime marinade at home that would replace the old Central Market variety. When I stumbled on this recipe I was a little skeptical, particularly with the incorporation of yogurt, but I am so glad I decided to give it a try. The yogurt tampers the spice of the chipotle chiles just enough and also helps the marinade bind to the chicken throughout the cooking process. I served this chicken with grilled zucchini and bell peppers for a healthy meal that was also flavorful.

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Chipotle Lime Chicken

3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
Juice of 2 limes
1 large garlic clove, grated
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
2 full chicken breasts

In a bowl combine the chipotle peppers,
lime juice,
and honey.
Wisk to combine.
Place chicken breasts into a gallon ziploc bag
Pour the marinade over the chicken.
Seal the ziploc bag and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat a grill pan over medium high heat.
Place the chicken on the pan
Cook for 3 minutes each side to get the grill marks on the chicken.
Transfer the chicken to a baking dish and top with the remaining marinade from the ziploc bag.
Place the chicken in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
Serve with grilled veggies and enjoy.

Source: Slightly adapted from Guilty Kitchen

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