Monday, June 10, 2013

Garlic Chicken with a Twist of Lime

Want to throw together a quick and flavorful dinner?
Forget the Hamburger Helper--make this chicken instead!

This chicken is super easy and packs BOLD flavor.  Plus, it utilizes ingredients that are usually readily available at no special trip to the grocery store needed.
The guys loved the sauce this made...and I loved that I didn't have to marinate it overnight.
I coupled it with baked zucchini & squash, and some seasoned wild rice.
Oh, and it did have some kick from the cayenne pepper.  I used 1/4 teaspoon; next time I'll only use 1/8 teaspoon (but, I'm a baby when it comes to spicy foods).

Garlic Chicken with a Twist of Lime

2-3 chicken breasts, flattened & cut in half

Dry Rub:
1 t. garlic salt (or 1/2 t. garlic powder & 1/2 t. salt)
1/4 t. black pepper
1/4 t. thyme
1/4 t. dill (or parsley)
1/4 t. minced onion (or 1/8 t. onion powder)
1/8-1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/8 t. paprika

3 T butter
extra garlic powder 
4 T lime juice

Coat chicken, both sides, with dry rub.  Sauté in a skillet with butter and olive oil over medium heat until golden brown, giving each side a generous sprinkling of garlic powder. Once cooked thoroughly, add in lime juice to deglaze pan.  Flip chicken to coat in sauce and continue cooking just a few (3-5) minutes longer.  Plate chicken, making sure to top with additional sauce.

***If you are cooking for more than 4, or want leftovers, I would double this recipe***

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