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Lime and Chili Rubbed Chicken Breasts

I adapted this recipe from the Betty Crocker website. I rated it "excellent" because it was so easy to make and tasty.

Lime and chili chicken, served with mushrooms

Lime and chili chicken, served with mushrooms

A Great Summer Meal

For years now, I have been making one new recipe per week, and I rate each one according to several factors: how my family likes it, how easy it is to make, and of course, taste.

I gave this particular recipe three stars, meaning excellent. It is a great summer meal for the following reasons:

  • It's easy to make.
  • You can grill it outside or on your grill pan inside.
  • You can use the leftovers for a cold salad the next day.
  • It makes boneless, skinless chicken breasts—which are usually dry—juicy, tasty and very tender.

Serve the Leftover Chicken on a Salad

We had a large piece of leftover chicken, which I refrigerated. The next day was 90 degrees and so humid that I didn't want to cook, so I made a large salad and cut up the cold leftover chicken to serve on top (see photo below).

Two meals out of one recipe—I love recipes like that.

I used the leftover grilled chicken on top of a salad next day.

I used the leftover grilled chicken on top of a salad next day.

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Cook Time

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20 min

20 min

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed
  • Rind of 1 lime, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, and pounded thin
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, brown sugar, lime peel, salt, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Pat the chicken dry and then rub the chicken with the oil and then with the spice mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours to marinate.
  2. Heat the grill pan and rub with oil. Place the chicken on the pan over medium heat. Cook for 5 or 6 minutes depending on how thick your chicken is on each side. Make sure the juice that runs out of the chicken is clear. If you aren't sure, just make a small slit in the chicken to make sure it's done.
  3. Serve it with your favorite side dish. I used sauteed mushrooms and onions. Served with a cold frosty glass of your favorite drink, and you'll have a great summer meal.

Changes From the Original Recipe

I adapted this recipe from the Betty Crocker website. Here are the changes I made:

  • The original recipe called for just 2 teaspoons of grated lime rind, but I grated the whole lime and was glad I did. You wouldn't taste the lime otherwise.
  • I used red pepper flakes instead of the cayenne pepper the recipe called for.
  • I also cooked the chicken on my grill pan instead of on the gas grill outside, which would have been good, too. I just thought the chicken would dry out on the gas grill.

© 2020 Rachel L Alba

Comments

Rachel Alba on June 29, 2020:

Hi Peggy. You are always encouraging. Thank you for the nice comments.

Blessings to you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2020:

I always enjoy reading your good-sounding recipes, Rachel. Thanks for sharing another one with us.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on June 02, 2020:

Hi Liza, Thank you so much for your encouraging comments. I like chicken too. I really like chicken sandwiches. My husband is a big fan of mushrooms and onions. lol So I cook those food a lot.

Blessings to you and stay safe too.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on June 02, 2020:

Hi Susan, Thank you for your visit and comment, I would be interested in knowing how your family likes it.

Blessings to you and stay safe.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on June 02, 2020:

Hi Pamela, It really was an easy recipe and it tasted just as good cold on a salad. Thank you for your comments.

Blessings to you and stay safe.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on June 02, 2020:

Hi Liz, Thank you also for your support, I love the flavor of lime, I even squeeze the juice of a lime in my diet coke.

Blessings to you and stay safe.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on June 02, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada, Thank you again for your support for my recipes. I appreciate your comments.

Blessings to you and stay safe.

Liza from USA on May 30, 2020:

Oh my gosh, the food looks so good, Rachel! I love chicken more than beef actually so this would be an amazing recipe to try. Plus, I love mushrooms and onions too. Thank you for this delicious recipe, Rachel. Have a great weekend and stay safe!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 30, 2020:

This sounds like a chicken dish my family and I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll try it this upcoming week.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 30, 2020:

This recipe looks easy and I love all the pictures as well. I think I will try this recipe as it looks easy and delicious. Thank you, Rachel.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 29, 2020:

This is a very well illustrated and tasty recipe. I appreciate your tip of using the whole lime.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 29, 2020:

This sounds delicious. I like the combination of ingredients, especially the lemon flavor. I always like the idea of using leftover food, in an innovative way. The sides also sound great.

Thank you for sharing all the details and the helpful pictures and information.