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.
Who doesn’t love Cuban food? Empanadas, tostones, tres leches cake, Cuban sandwiches, paella – it’s all good. Whether you frequent the Cuban restaurant in town or want to experiment cooking Cuban cuisine at home, we guarantee you’ll become a fan after trying this slow cooker mojo (a type of sauce that consists of olive oil, garlic, and citrus juice) pork.
To prepare mojo pork (you can use Boston butt or pork shoulder), trim the fat and cut the meat into 2 pieces. Cover all sides of the pork with a rub made of garlic, salt, oregano, and black pepper. Add orange juice and zest, lime juice and zest, onion, and jalapeno to the slow cooker crock, then add the pork to the juice mixture. Cover the crock and refrigerate, allowing the meat to marinate overnight (this step makes all the difference).
In the morning, turn the pork over in the marinade then cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours. When the pork is done, remove it from the crock and shred (you won’t believe how tender the meat is).
We served mojo pork on a bed of rice (cilantro lime rice would go perfectly with this dish) and black beans, then topped it with a generous dollop of homemade guacamole, and fresh cilantro.
This pork is succulent and zesty thanks to the 12-hour stay in the citrus marinade. Transform the dining room into Havana for a night, or serve right out of the crock at your next neighborhood potluck. And if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, throw them on a slider or nachos – it’s even better the next day.
In a food chopper or food processor bowl, finely chop garlic. Add salt, oregano and black pepper. Pulse to combine.
Rub garlic mixture over all sides of pork.
In slow cooker crock, combine orange juice, lime juice, onion, jalapeno, orange and lime zest. Place pork in juice mixture. Cover and refrigerate to marinate overnight.
Turn pork over in marinade. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Remove pork to a cutting board. Using 2 forks, shred pork. Strain and reserve juices. Transfer shredded pork back to crock and spoon juices as desired over pork to moisten. Set slow cooker to WARM to keep pork warm for serving.
Serve with rice, black beans, and Guacamole. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.