Summer being the Season of the Grill I'm posting my favorite marinade. Good on chicken or kabobs it's got a great blend of chili, cumin, garlic, cilantro and lime while keeping the chicken moist and tender.
And as an added bonus, I'll often save some of the marinade and use it to cook a side of risotto--pictured here with a sprinkling of feta on top--to give the rice a nice kick.
1 tablespoon mild chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
juice and zest from one orange (though I'll use other juices in a pinch, such as passion-orange-guava or mango)
juice from three limes
pinch of sugar
8-10 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch of cilantro, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons of pineapple juice (optional)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Mix up all the ingredients for the marinade (everything but the chicken) in a large plastic Ziploc freezer bag then add the chicken and shake to coat. Let it marinate over night if possible then grill, using the marinade to baste the chicken as it cooks. Serve immediately.
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