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Thursday: Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Lime Butter
I'm pretty sure I didn't know what margarine was until I hit puberty. My mom is a good Southern woman who knows how to properly polish silver, tease hair and slather everything in butter. My hand to heaven, I can recall when she had a jar of drippings to cook with. I have since converted to margarine for some things, but for this recipe I always use butter. It is incredibly delicious and I think of it as my homage to my mother, which I am sure makes her proud, despite the fact that I don't get manicures or properly fold my linens.
This recipe sounds fancy, it tastes fancy, but it's really not. You don't even have to marinade the chicken, so no planning ahead is required. And for the lime butter, the Serrano chili isn't necessary and you can substitute dried cilantro and even onion powder for the onions. But don't skip anything else. The recipe below is for 8 servings. If you are cooking for two, cut everything in half except for the lime butter. Trust me. Serve this with a simple salad and some corn and you have yourself a healthy meal, despite the butter.
1 tablespoon McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
1 tablespoon McCormick® Chili Powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Black Pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken parts
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 serrano chile, minced
2 tablespoons finely minced white onion
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 pinch McCormick® Ground Black Pepper
1. In a small bowl, combine first 8 ingredients. With a spoon or a basting brush, spread seasoning paste over the chicken.
2. Grill chicken using medium heat for a gas grill or indirect heat for a charcoal grill. Close the lid and grill until chicken reaches 180 degrees F in the thighs and 170 degrees F in the breast, about 30 minutes.
3. In a small bowl, combine all lime butter ingredients. Drizzle over chicken just before serving or serve separately for dipping.