Grilled Chipotle Chicken

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If you’re anything like me, grilling food is fun to dream about, delicious to eat, and yet somewhat terrifying to prepare. So, today’s post is going to be a bit of a two for one special! Not only do I have a fabulous recipe for Grilled Chipotle Honey Chicken, but I thought I might provide some grilling enrichment in the form of a How To.

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Step 1. Turn on gas:  This was weird and tricky. There are two kinds of grills at our community pool– one that seemed to have BYO Propane situation going; and another that already had gas going through a pipeline. Had we brought our own propane tank, we would have opened the doors (so fumes wouldn’t collect), opened the valve on the propane. Since we did not have our own propane tank, we just turned a nozzle behind the grill. IMG_3058

Now, Obviously you won’t be able to see gas, but you’ll definitely smell it. Open the hood of the grill and wait one minute for the gas to travel through the line.

Step 2. Turn on starter: If you know anything about a gas stove, this is just like turning on a pilot light. For us there was a round button (for you it could be a nob) all the way on the left hand side of the grill responsible for getting the fire going. Press the starter (for us it took a couple times) and turn the nob next to it to High/Start. IMG_3059

Step 3. Activate the burners: Travel down the line and turn each burn to medium-high (depending your model, you may or may not need to press an ignition button for each burner). If you look inside the grill you’ll probably see baby flames.

Step 4. Allow temperate to rise: Close the hood of the grill and allow the temperature to rise for 10 – 15 minutes. IMG_3060

Step 5. Shut it down: Whenever you’re finished grilling your goods, turn everything off: starters, temperatures and do not forget to shut off the glass!

Okay! So now that all of that is out of the way, let’s talk about the food! The Chipotle Honey Chicken recipe below is super simple and I highly recommend grilling up some of your favorite veggies for sides. For us– salt, pepper, paprika (and olive oil of course) is the perfect seasoning for any veg going on the open flame!

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

4 Chicken breasts

1/2 Cup Cilantro, chopped

1/4 Cup lime juice

1/2 Cup honey

2 Tablespoon Soy Sauce

1 Teaspoon chipotle seasoning

1/4 Teaspoon pepper

3/4 Teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Process

  1. Place ingredients in a large zip lock bag or bowl, and allow chicken to marinate overnight or at least 3- 5 hours.
  2. Preheat the grill to Medium- High (about 300- 400 degrees)
  3. Place chicken directly onto the grill. After 15 minutes, flip chicken so the other side can grill. IMG_3063
    Note: We wrapped corn on the cob in foil and placed it on the grill at the same time we started cooking the chicken. When we hit the 15 minute mark, we turned the corn and then added our squash. IMG_3064
  4. Allow the chicken to finish cooking until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees (about 15 more minutes). IMG_3071

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