Always A Winner Grilled Chicken

Always A Winner Grilled Chicken

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"I'm a working mother and needed a quick, healthy, flavorful chicken recipe that was versatile and could be used in many different dishes. So, after trial and error this is the grilled chicken recipe everyone seems to enjoy... and the leftovers make great southwest salads and casseroles!"

Ingredients 1 h 5 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 275 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 275 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 10.1 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs:
  • 17.8g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 25.4 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium:
  • 659 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Whisk together lime juice, vinegar, orange juice, wine, and honey in a bowl until the honey dissolves. Add salt, pepper, chipotle powder, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, cinnamon, oregano, cumin, ginger, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and olive oil; whisk to mix. Place chicken breasts into a resealable plastic bag, pour in marinade, and coat well. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 days.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil grate.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade and shake off excess; discard remaining marinade. Cook chicken on the preheated grill approximately 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until the juices run clear and there are no signs of pink in the meat.
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  1. 96 Ratings


Excellent recipe. Like other reviewers, I added 2 cloves of garlic and left out the cinnamon. A couple tips if you're new to grilling chicken that I have found useful: 1) Trim the chicken breasts to remove fat and tendons then pound the chicken breasts so they are the same thickness throughout. This will help it cook evenly. 2) Cut small crosswise slits the length of the breast to help the marinade penetrate the meat. Make sure you don't cut all the way through. Update 9/2008 - I've made this recipe a few times now and I still love it. Since I'm only cooking for two and this marinade makes quite a bit, when I make it I buy the family pack of chicken breasts. I marinate the two I'm cooking that night and then put the others in zip lock freezer bags in the marinade (in packs of two). That way the next time I want grilled chicken, I just have to pull it out of the freezer and let it thaw and it's already marinated.

Sarah Owings

Both my boyfriend and mom say this is the BEST chicken they've ever had! I made a few changes and took a short cut time wise. Starting with Aaron's kosher chicken from Trader Joe's (Breasts, Thighs only), I removed the skin but left the bones in. Then I substituted mango/lemonade for the OJ (because I was out), fresh ginger for the powdered and one canned chipotle (chopped) and added some fresh garlic. I also ommitted the cayenne pepper because I thought the chipotle would be spicy enough. TIME SAVER TIP: I didn't marinate at all, just poured everything over the chicken and baked it covered with foil for 30min at 375 degrees before grilling 5-8 min per side while basting. I ended up with the juiciest most flavorful chicken ever. Great with brown saffron rice. Enjoy!


My family loved this recipe. I did make a few changes due to our personal tastes. I added a couple cloves of fresh garlic. I omitted the cinnamon. I added about a quarter tsp. more cumin and about a half tsp of coriander. I knew that my intent was to use this chicken for fajitas so I was looking for spices that would boost the southwest flavor. I marinated it for about 20 hours. It was quite spicy so next time I might lighten up on the cayenne but then I probably got more than a pinch in there. Overall it was a hit and will definately go in our rotation. My teenager loved using the leftovers for a sandwich.