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Chipotle-Lime Rub (for grilled chicken)


Yields about 1 cup; enough for 1 chicken.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 52

Coat the chicken pieces  with this spicy paste while the grill is heating. Brush on any extra during grilling. Serve with the Cucumber-Grape Salsa or your favorite salsa.

  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, very finely minced
  • 2 chipotles (from a can of chipotles in adobo), minced
  • 2 Tbs. adobo sauce (from the can of chipotles)
  • 1 Tbs. ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Put the chicken pieces in a nonreactive dish or a large zip-top bag and pour the sauce over them. With your hands, lift the skin of the chicken pieces a bit so that the rub can get underneath and rub the pieces all over with the seasonings. Refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per Tbs., Calories (kcal): 35, Fat (kcal): 3.5, Fat Calories (g): 30, Saturated Fat (g): 0.5, Protein (g): 0, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5, Carbohydrates (mg): 1, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0.5, Sodium (g): 130, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 0,

Superb! I have made this several times and have loved it every time! I brine the chicken first and then make it just as the recipe states. We fight over the leftovers! One of the best ways to do drumsticks or thighs.

I've used this rub many times since it first came out in 2002. It's spicy but not hot. The lime creates a tartness that lends itself to lip smackin' satisfacation.

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