Lime Cilantro Grilled Chicken

It is hot hot hot hot outside! I wanted to grill some chicken today and I could almost have cooked it on my concrete patio floor! I debated what would be cooler to light up the grill and stand in the heat or use my grill pan on the gas stove? Hmmmmm? The A/C and the grill pan won out! This really tastes better with a good charcoal grille pattern, but Ce La Vie....

1/3 cup olive oil

juice of 2 limes. If the limes are room temperature and you roll them on the counter a few times before you slice them in half, it will make juicing them easier.

2 garlic cloves minced

handful of fresh cilantro chopped

1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped, to keep the heat down make sure you get all the seeds and veins out, for more heat leave a few veins

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin

salt and pepper to taste

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

In a mixing bowl or salad dressing carafe mix all the ingredients up to the chicken.

salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts, pour the marinade in a large zip loc bag and place the chicken in.  For a more zesty flavor add the squeezed lime halves.  Chill for at least 30 min and up to 2 hrs.

On the grill over direct medium high heat grill chicken for 5-6 min each side. (or like I did on a grill pan on the stove)  Discard any remaining marinade.  This goes great with the Spicy Coconut Rice!


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