I love to write about my friends, but not all of them love to be written about.
I don’t think this one will mind.
She came into my life in a professional capacity, a whirling dervish of energy and laughter in an otherwise quiet office. With her feisty Mexican attitude (her words, not mine) and her South Texas flair, she brought a vigorousness to our staid office that hadn’t existed before.
It wasn’t uncommon for me to startle out of deep concentration because she started laughing uproariously at an email she’d received, something she’d read or something she’d seen on social media.
She loves to read, just like me, and she loves to eat, just like me.
While cooking wasn’t her passion in life, she certainly loved to share recipes and discuss cooking (and eating) with me. She made the best empanadas I’ve ever eaten.
She posted this recipe recently, so I know it will be good, plus it’s perfect for the Brookshire’s split chicken breasts that are on sale this week.
Chili Lime Chicken
6 to 8 split chicken breasts
1/4 cup mild chili powder
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chipotle powder or cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
juice of 1 large lime
2/3 cup canola oil
In a medium glass bowl, combine all of the dry spices. Whisk in the lime juice and canola oil until well-combined. If it seems too thick, add a little more oil. Taste for salt.
Arrange the chicken breasts in a glass baking dish. Take the marinade and pour over chicken. If you have to, use your hands to make sure chicken is covered completely. Marinate in refrigerator for 3 hours.
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with foil paper. Arrange chicken breasts onto baking sheet and do not overcrowd. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 to 6 minutes.
Serve as is with your favorite rice dish or slice thin for tacos. It makes a great topping for your favorite salad. If you serve it sliced, it yields up to 10 servings.
Notes: This chicken tastes great for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salads or just with your favorite rice dish. You can also grill the chicken instead of baking it in the oven, just take care that the spice rub does not burn.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 343, Calories from Fat: 252, Fat: 28 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 65 mg, Sodium: 1393 mg, Potassium: 114 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 22 g.
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