As Victoria Day and the unofficial start of the summer approaches, we have our warm-weather menu on the brain. Whether you’re whipping up your favourite pasta salad or throwing marinated steak on the grill, there are plenty of grill-and-chill recipes to choose from. And you’ll want to add this grilled honey lime chicken to the list.
One of the most popular summer recipes on the blog is mouth-watering grilled bourbon chicken. While this Hamilton Beach staff favorite will always have a place on our summer plates, the Test Kitchen wanted to develop another grilled chicken recipe that was just as delicious but with a different flavour profile. Honey lime chicken is flavour-packed and the perfect protein to serve alongside your go-to summer sides.
We brined the chicken before throwing it on the grill which, honestly, makes all the difference. If you have the time and want to achieve grill master status, we definitely recommend brining the meat ahead of time. Simply combine water, salt, and sugar until the salt and sugar dissolve. Pour the mixture over chicken in resealable bags and refrigerate for 2 hours or even better, overnight. The meat will absorb the liquid, resulting in a juicier more flavourful chicken that is less likely to dry out on the grill.
We brushed the chicken legs and thighs with a glaze made of honey, lime juice, soy sauce, vegetable oil, garlic, fresh ginger, crushed red pepper, and salt. It’s sweet, spicy, and tangy all at the same time.
Serve it hot-of-the-grill with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of cilantro at your next cookout. You can even use leftovers to make a filling for zucchini boats or to top salads with during the week. Winner winner grilled chicken dinner.
Place chicken in gallon-size resealable plastic bags. In a large bowl, combine water, salt and sugar. Stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Pour over chicken in bags. Remove air from bags to ensure that the chicken is submerged in the brine. Seal bags. Let brine in refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight.
Heat grill to sear or 450°F.
In a medium bowl, combine glaze ingredients. Reserve half for serving with grilled chicken.
This 4-ingredient slow cooker bbq shredded pork tenderloin recipe is exactly what you want on your gameday menu. It only has 4-ingredients, so there isn’t a long grocery list to worry about. And it cooks from start to finish in the slow cooker. So you can set it and forget it while you decorate the house in the winning (fingers crossed) team’s colors and put out a few last-minute appetizers.
In the slow cooker crock, stir together barbecue sauce, a can of root beer, and halved jalapeños (if you want a spicer pork, don’t remove the seeds from the jalapeños).
Add the pork tenderloins (you can easily fit two in the slow cooker) and turn until they’re well-coated with the flavourful sauce.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 3 ½ hours or LOW for 6 to 7 hours. When the pork is done, shred with two forks. The tenderloin shreds easily and is ready to serve right from the slow cooker (you can even switch it to WARM so the meat stays that way throughout all four quarters).
We wanted this deliciously simply pork to speak for itself, so we served it on hamburger buns with a sprinkle on cilantro – no frills. But it would be delicious served with baked beans or as a taco filler if you set up a taco bar to feed the fans.
Winter, spring, summer, fall – you’ll find any excuse to make this pork all year long. Whether it’s front and center at your gameday buffet, your backyard bbq go-to this summer, or a simple weeknight dinner, you can’t go wrong with this 4-ingredient meal.