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Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Lime Butter

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Grill: 35 min.

Makes

6 servings

This grilled chicken gets a lovely pop of color and flavor from the lime butter—don't skip it! —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Lime Butter Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (8 ounces each )
  • CILANTRO LIME BUTTER:
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. Brush over chicken.
  2. Place chicken skin side down on grill rack. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 15 minutes. Turn; grill 20-25 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 165°.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the butter ingredients. Drizzle over chicken before serving.

Test Kitchen tips
  • This recipe gives you a hint of classic mole flavor. Mole is a Mexican sauce that can be made in many ways, but includes the standout flavors of cumin, cinnamon and cocoa.
  • Bone-in chicken will mean juicier, more flavorful chicken than using boneless chicken breasts.
  • Shred leftover chicken and make chicken tacos for a quick follow-up meal later in the week.
  • Peppers (Hot)
    Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

    Nutrition Facts

    1 chicken breast half with 1 tablespoon lime butter: 430 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 411mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 40g protein.

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