Chipotle Lime Chicken

 

Chipotle and Lime Chicken Thighs 2

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pounds chicken breasts pounded to 1/2 inch thickness

Chili Lime Rub

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • fresh-squeezed lime juice from 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Lime zest from 1 lime

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a small bowl, whisk chicken rub ingredients together and rub evenly all over chicken breasts. Timer permitting, allow chicken to sit for 30 minutes at room temperature or refrigerate up to 8 hours then bring to room temperature for before cooking.*

STOVETOP DIRECTIONS

  • If chicken has been refrigerated, let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (time permitting).
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Once very hot, add chicken and cook, undisturbed for 3-5 minutes, or until nicely browned (or blackened if you prefer) on one side. Turn chicken over, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook for approximately 5-7 more minutes (depending on thickness of chicken), or until chicken is cooked through. Remove to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Garnish with extra fresh lime juice if desired.

GRILLING DIRECTIONS

  • If chicken has been refrigerated, let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (time permitting).
  • Meanwhile, grease and preheat the grill to medium heat, 375-450°F.
  • Grill chicken undisturbed for for 6-7 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. (An inserted thermometer should read 155 degrees F.)
  • Remove chicken from grill and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
NOTES
*Chicken is still delicious even if cooked immediately but is more flavorful the longer the rub marinates.
*www.carlsbadcravings.com
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