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Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken


Recently some of my blogger friends have been complaining of being tired of their recipes and I have to admit, I am too.  I wanted to create a new chicken recipe that had some zest, a bit of a kick, something different.  This idea came to me in a moment of inspiration, and I tried it, hoping it would fit the bill.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Wow, did it ever!!  The idea was to see if the garlic would become soft or crunchy in this kind of topping.  Answer, crunchy!  This one will bite you back, LOL!!

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Tender juicy chicken, with just enough heat to let you know this isn’t your basic Sunday dinner. I like to brine the chicken for at least one hour to eliminate the blood and add moisture to the white meat.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Then, I butterfly the chicken. I go through that in my recipe HERE if you need a refresher. Gather butter, chipotle chili powder, parsley flakes, 3-4 cloves of garlic and a lime.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Peel the garlic cloves.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Mince finely.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Zest the lime and chop it up too.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Mix the garlic and lime zest with the softened butter and chipotle chili powder, then add some lime juice and the parsley flakes.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Mix well, into a paste.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Place the chicken on a rack over a drip pan. Pat dry. Spread paste over the chicken, you can tuck some under the skin if you like even more garlic flavor in the meat. Sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper and sea salt.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

The garlic will ‘fry’ in the butter, becoming crunchy with a mild garlic flavor.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Tender, juicy chicken with a nice lime chipotle kick, and a garlic crunch. Yum!!

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

The white meat was a perfect dinner with some steamed broccoli.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

1 whole chicken, butterflied
3 tablespoons real unsalted butter
3-4 cloves minced garlic (about 2 tablespoons)
Zest of one small lime
1-2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper powder
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
Fresh ground pepper
Sea salt

Combine butter, minced garlic, lime zest, lime juice, chipotle powder, and parsley flakes and set aside. Butterfly the chicken and place on a rack over a drip pan. Pat dry. Spread paste over chicken, tucking a bit under the skin if desired. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and sea salt. Bake at 350 degrees until juices run clear. Enjoy!

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

I had the dark meat the next day for lunch with a spinach salad, and it was just as good cold. This one I’ll definitely make again.

Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Do you like a bit of spicy now and then?


Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home


3 thoughts on “Garlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

  1. THIS LOOKS REALLY GOOD!! I love chicken and we used to eat a lot of it. Then the DH watched a documentary on how they are raised and processed on those factory farms and he won’t hardly eat it any more. WE don’t let him watch any of the other shows like that for fear we won’t be able to eat again . LOL! I’ll have to make this though and see if I can get him to eat it… if not then more for me 🙂 He loves having new meals served so cross your fingers.

  2. That looks absolutely delicious !! I really have to try that.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. Even this early in the morning it sounds scrumptious! Your photos definitely make it that much more appealing. Hubby and I will be giving this recipe a try, chicken is our main course quite often and finding new ways to fix it are endless but a tad bit scary just to jump in when on a limited budget. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

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