Easy Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken Recipe

Servings: 6 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

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This chicken recipe is even more delicious if you have time to let it marinate. And the marinade keeps well in the fridge so you could mix up a double batch.  

Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is an easy chicken dish with pizazz. It’s perfect for your weekend barbecue but is quick enough for a weeknight. The recipe uses boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which I find are more moist and flavourful than chicken breasts, and cheaper too.

Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is an easy chicken dish with pizazz.

It’s still summer and I’m on vacation but school supplies lists keep appearing on the table in front of me. According to the list, my daughter needs 50 pencils and 800 sheets of loose leaf (among other things). Next week she’ll march off to school looking like she’s headed on a week-long back country hike, her knapsack bulging with all those school supplies and boxes of Kleenex and indoor sneakers. My son will leave for school with a pen, a wad of paper and hopefully his lunch.

As much as I hate to see summer vacation coming to an end I do love the first day of school, watching my kids head out the door. It’s as though, right before my eyes they grow from first graders to the middle school and high school students they are today, the reverse of Tom Hanks becoming a boy again at the end of the movie “Big”.

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    Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is an easy chicken dish with pizazz.

But school hasn’t started yet and the holiday weekend awaits so I’m sharing a recipe that you can enjoy at your Labour Day barbecue.

 

Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is an easy chicken dish with pizazz. It’s perfect for your weekend barbecue but is quick enough for a weeknight. The recipe uses boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which I find are more moist and flavourful than chicken breasts, and cheaper too.

I serve it with roasted corn and summer squash (zucchini). Just toss 1 1/2 cups of frozen corn with two chopped summer squash, one sliced red onion, a clove of garlic, minced, 1 Tbsp. of olive oil, salt & pepper and whatever herbs you have on hand. Roast at 375 F until the zucchini is tender. Stir from time to time so it cooks evenly. Instead of roasting the vegetable mixture you could saute the mixture in a large frying pan.   Marinated Tomato Salad with Garlicky Paprika Vinaigrette would be another great addition to the meal. Serve Molasses Crinkle Cookie S’Mores for dessert.

Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken Recipe

Slightly adapted from the blog Le Cafe Sucre Farine

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

For the marinade:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. dry oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a sauce pan and stir well. Pour 3 Tbsp. into a zip-lock bag or baking dish and add chicken. Toss the chicken until it’s well coated. Marinate for 30 minutes (if you have time) or up to 12 hours.
  2. Bring remaining marinade to a simmer over medium heat and cook until reduced by half.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat (either stovetop or barbecue) until cooked through, basting often with the remaining marinade.
  4. Tent chicken with foil and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Beer barbecue sauce with molasses – let summer begin!

Servings: Makes 1 1/2 cups serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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This homemade beer barbecue sauce with molasses is simple and so flavourful. Use it on chicken, steak, vegetables, whatever. It’s great for oven “barbecuing” too.

This is that last day of school for my kids so the official kick off to summer in my books. The occasion calls for a summer barbecue to celebrate two months of freedom and a break from the morning rush.

This beer barbecue sauce recipe came from my Uncle George decades ago. He was very into grilling and we were not so this recipe helped us along. I can’t say we ever became a family of barbecue aficionado but our meals made on the grill could pass with a push.

How to cook chicken on the barbecue using indirect heat:

I have always felt out of my element cooking with the barbecue so more often than not default to “oven” barbecuing. I suspect the distance between the kitchen and the barbecue is much to blame since all of that running back and forth to manage things cooking in both places is often more effort than it’s worth. Still, I have somewhat mastered the art of indirect cooking on our backyard grill. It’s a wonderful method for half chickens and is more relaxing since there is no need to hover over the flames. Instead you simply heat the grill to medium, turn off one side, place the chicken on the “off” side and close the lid. There is a little moving and flipping required from time to time since the side of the bird closest to the heat cooks more quickly but still, it’s fairly low maintenance.

When the chicken is pretty much cooked through I apply a few layers of this sauce during the final 10 minutes or so of cooking.

Tip:

To change up this recipe use different types of beer. We have always made beer barbecue sauce with a locally brewed lager but I had a note from someone who tried it with a sturdy stout beer and had great success.

Beer Barbecue Sauce with Molasses

  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (look for gluten-free if nexessary)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup beer
  1. Saute the onion in 1 Tbsp. of oil until soft. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for 10-20 minutes. (Sauce will thicken as it cools.)
  2. Brush barbecue sauce on grillables during the last few minutes of grilling.

Nutritional info: Per Tbsp. Calories: 24, Fat: 0 g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 29.5 mg, Carbs: 5.4 g, Sugar: 3.3 g

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