Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer Lime Chicken

Who has time to cook? Definitely not me. But sometimes, we just gotta do it. Summer is here, all I am willing to cook are quick, easy, light recipes. This chicken recipe is a great one: zesty, crunchy- just right. Using fresh lime juice really brings out the sunshine, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds makes it look really beautiful at the same time. Perfect on the bbq or in the oven. Use any cuts of chicken that you like. Serve with grilled vegetables ( or just an ice cold beer.

Lime & Sesame Soy Chicken
serves 6

8-10 pieces of chicken (bone-in, use your preferred cuts with or without skin)
1 tablespoon onion powder
juice from 2 limes
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons peach or apricot preserves
1-2 bay leaves (if you can get your hands on fresh bay leaves, use them!)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Sprinkle the chicken with the onion powder. Add the lime juice, soy sauce and preserves. Use your hands to combine well and coat all of the chicken pieces. Add the bay leaf and sprinkle the sesame seeds over. Marinate for 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. Remove the bay leaf before cooking. 
If grilling outdoors: Preheat your grill over high. Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard the marinade) and cook on the grill until chicken pieces are cooked through.
If cooking indoors: Preheat oven 375. Place the chicken and marinade in a roasting dish in the oven and cook, uncovered for about 45 minutes. Rotate the chicken pieces to cook on the other side, and replace in the oven for an additional 30 minutes. 

 Sprinkle chicken with onion powder
 Squeeze fresh lime juice over
 Add the soy sauce
 Add the preserves and bay leaves

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