Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The combination of tequila and lime...

Can be paired together to make a variety of things from drinks to seasoning and marinades.  For this recipe it was used to make Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa's, Tequila Lime Chicken.  One of my favorite things is tequila lime chicken, there are so many recipes and variations available now that there are endless options.  I looked through several recipes before I came across this one and I decided this was the one I would try this time.  

I was so happy with the outcome.  All the flavors were so evident but they weren't overwhelming or overpowering.  I watch Barefoot Contessa from time to time but I don't think I've ever made any of her recipes.  After trying this one she is definitely on my "fave's" list of Food Network chefs/cooks.   

Barefoot Contessa's Tequila Lime Chicken

Tequila Lime Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 cup gold tequila
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (5 to 6 limes)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeno pepper (1 pepper seeded)
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic (3 cloves)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 whole (6 split) boneless chicken breasts, skin on


Directions:

Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken breasts. Refrigerate overnight.

Heat a grill with coals and brush the rack with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, sprinkle well with salt and pepper, and grill them skin-side down for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, until just cooked through. Remove from the grill to a plate. Cover tightly and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Tequila Lime Chicken

Recipe from: Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa

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