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Craig's Lime-Grilled Chicken

Craig's Lime-Grilled Chicken
  

When my daughter was visiting a few days ago we had a crowd of people in for a backyard cookout. I turned the barbeque fork over to my son-in-law Craig, a highly accomplished grillmaster, and he decreed that, since we wanted to spend the afternoon at the beach and the evening hanging out with the guests instead of cooking, we'd make his easy-prep, easy-cook lime-garlic grilled chicken.

As promised, this recipe is about as easy as they come:

1 chicken, 3-1/2 lb, cut in half, skin removed
3 cups fresh lime juice
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 T sugar
2 T salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika

Put the chicken, the lime juice and the garlic in a plastic bag and seal it. Place in a bowl in the refrigerator and marinate for 4 - 6 hours, turning the bag over every hour or two. Drain the chicken and pat dry.

Mix the sugar, salt, cayenne, cumin and paprika and rub the mixture over the chicken.

Grill chicken 25 - 30 minutes on a medium-hot charcoal fire, with some hardwood chunks added for smoke, with the grill lid closed. Turn once. Chicken should have an internal temperature of 160º when served.
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Notes:
    1) For a large crowd this is good with skinless thighs instead of whole chickens. Allow about 3 per guest as they tend to be small and addictive, and having leftover grilled chicken never hurts. Follow the same procedure, using proportionally the same amounts of lime juice, garlic and rub per pound as in the recipe above. Cooking time is still about 25 minutes. 
    2) We served this with another of Craig's specialties, Grilled Asparagus à la Sutherland, an excellent pairing.
    3) A nice pale ale goes well with this dish.

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stephen -- you did it again --i am definately making this one over the weekend!

D

This looks good, except I would substitute Splenda for the sugar, to make it low carb (see how easy that was :). I might try making it but roasting the chicken thighs at a high temp in the oven too.

Wow, I've been gone for 2 days and look at all the fun I've missed. Garlic always makes a dish taste good..my favorite is garlic and pasta...but that chicken sounds great!And roasted tomatoe bread pudding? It doesn't get better than that!
I'm jealous of your cookout, I miss having those. Don't get to have them very often in the city :(

This sounds and looks very tasty indeed!

Paz

I can attest that simple dowes not meand "plain". This was mighty tasty chicken!

This makes some of the best grilled chicken I've ever eaten! Leftover? Hah! My son, the picky eater, scarfed down 5 pieces!

Wow, is this good. We (four very hungry windsurfers on the west coast of Denmark) made this after an all-day session on the water.

We were in heaven. The chicken was amazing.

As a side note: we kept the lime-garlic marinade and converted it into a sauce by boiling it down with some sugar and some of the spice rub. It was a great addition.

Thanks a bunch!

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