chicken with spicy lime rub

chicken with spicy lime rub

prep time: 15 minutes + marinate time
cook time: 50 minutes
ready in: 2 hours, 5 minutes

makes: 4 servings, 3 oz. each


  • 1 lime for juice and grated peel
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 whole scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 lb. chicken leg quarters, divided

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  1. Squeeze juice from lime and grate zest (green part only).
  2. Combine the lime juice and zest, olive oil, garlic, scallions, black pepper, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, and salt into a paste.
  3. Loosen the chicken skin gently with your fingers and spread the paste evenly over meat. Place chicken parts in a resealable plastic bag and marinate in the refrigerator at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from bag. Grill the chicken, skin side up, over indirect medium heat 40–50 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  5. Serving Suggestion: Serve with a cucumber salad and roasted potatoes

per serving: 160 calories, 9g fat, 2g saturated fat, 55mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 17g protein