Molasses lime grilled chicken and how to become an “oven” barbecue queen

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Molasses and lime grilled chicken. A simple marinade with garlic, lots of fresh lime juice and zest, a touch of heat from the spice and sweet molasses

Molasses lime grilled chicken is seasoned with a simple marinade of garlic, fresh lime juice and zest, a touch of spice and sweet molasses.

I’m not much of a barbecue queen. The gas grills I grew up with were always a little dangerous — the starter button was always broken so we had to light the barbecue with a little match and it terrified me.

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But I’m also a little lazy. The distance between the kitchen and the barbecue is about 30 strides and includes a door and six steps.

I can’t be bothered running back and forth from the kitchen to the grill. (Putting something on the BBQ is not like putting a cake in the oven. Stuff on the grill needs to be tended. So do things in the kitchen.) That’s why I do most of my “grilling” in the oven. It’s just practical.

Am I the only home cook who thinks the barbecue isn’t actually a convenience?

Molasses and lime grilled chicken. A simple marinade with garlic, lots of fresh lime juice and zest, a touch of heat from the spice and sweet molasses

No barbecue? No problem. Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken can be cooked in the oven or on the barbecue. 

Molasses and lime grilled chicken

Marinade:

  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 1 ½ limes)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. grated lime zest (about 1 lime)
  • 1 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • ½ Tbsp. chipotle powder (or 1 Tbsp. chili powder)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • About 3 lbs. chicken pieces, skin on
  1. In a small bowl combine the marinade ingredients.
  2. Arrange the chicken pieces in a glass baking dish and pour over the marinade.
  3. Let chicken marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to three hours.

To cook:

Oven method:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place dish with chicken (marinade and all) in the oven and bake, basting often, until done (about 30 minutes but will depend on size of your chicken pieces).

Barbecue method:

Preheat grill to medium, turn off one burner and place chicken pieces on “off” side of grill. Close lid and cook until done, turning often.

Recipe slightly adapted from www.alldayIdreamaboutfood.com

molassed and lime grilled chicken with chipotle powder

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