This has become one of my favorite dishes. My wife first made it early in our marriage and it’s one of those recipes that’s stuck like oatmeal scone batter to a mixing bowl. It’s got three of my favorite flavors in it. I love citrus, so you’ve got lime. I love Asian flavors and soy sauce is excellent. And it’s got red pepper flakes for some kick, and I do love spicy food. But this isn’t too spicy, so don’t let that scare you off. Plus, you can always tweak it to your tastes. But anyhow, this is a rich in strong flavor dish that delights your sense of taste. Unfortunately, my latest attempt at it hardly delighted the sense of sight so there’s room for improvement. Presentation is perhaps my greatest culinary flaw. I suspect my wife would agree.
Lime-Soy Chicken [adapted from an unknown magazine]
- 1/4 c lime juice
- 1/4 c soy sauce
- 1/4 c olive oil
- 1 t crushed red pepper
- 1/2 t cumin
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (unless for some reason you enjoy boning and skinning the chicken breasts yourself…which would make you weird)
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl (except the chicken of course). Then marinate the chicken in it for at least 30 minutes to an hour, although I’m a big fan of overnight marinating. The more the time those flavors have to absorb into the meat, the better. Now it’s time to fire up your grill (or you could just broil it in the oven). When it’s ready, place your flavor-infused chicken breasts on the grill and cook. Unless you’re using a George Foreman (which at this time of year you should be…unless you live in the south or west in which case you can use the time waiting for your outside grill to fire up to contemplate what it would be like to experience the weather phenomenon most of us call “seasons”), turn the chicken after several minutes. When the sweet sweet juices run clear, your chicken is done. Remove from grill and enjoy. It can be served with any tasty vegetable such as fresh green beans or roasted potatoes. I served it most recently with a cilantro lime barley. This was basically just barley cooked in chicken broth, with lime juice and cilantro added. Also try adding bacon. I haven’t tried this, but bacon makes everything better so I don’t see how it could hinder this either.
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Question of the Day: With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Mine is turkey, covered in gravy. Mmmm… or really, anything covered in gravy, except cranberry sauce; that would just be gross. Side note: my wife hates gravy. I don’t know what’s wrong with her.