Monday, June 28, 2010

Margarita Chicken

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. The giveaway ends Tuesday night so go on and enter! You get custom recipe cards from the incredible Aaron at Sweet Three Photography plus a summer gift basket. I never win contests but you probably will! The details to enter are here.

This recipe would be a good one for your upcoming 4th of July barbecue, or any other time! It is quick and easy for a weeknight meal or perfect for a get-together. We had this camping over the weekend and thought it was tasty and a nice change from regular bbq chicken. The chicken comes out very tender from the lime juice. I marinated mine over 24 hours and would say the longer you can, the better. Just remember to use the frozen margarita mix rather than the bottled as it is a concentrate and will give you more flavor.

 What You Need:
1 can (10 ounces) frozen non-alcoholic margarita mix, thawed (found near the juice concentrates)
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 garlic cloves
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes OR 1 diced jalapeno

In a small bowl, combine the margarita mix, lime juice, pepper and garlic. Pour 1 1/4 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours preferably overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.

Drain and discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160°, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Enjoy!

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