Overhead View of Grilled Chicken with Three Bean SaladWow, I am excited. We are one month from leaving on our trip and our car is up for sale. The timing is drawing close fast and I am working on getting the details finished up before we go.

I am excited because I am back sharing recipes with you. I will admit to missing you guys and sharing good food and ideas. I am also excited about the new direction we are taking Simply Sophisticated Cooking and our new travel blog Bags & Biscuits. Between the two, they are keeping me busy with getting content up and learning new things.

Grilled Chili with Chili Lime Cilantro Marinade MarinatingIt has also been fun sharing new recipes and foods with our roommates, who also have a love affair with yummy food and clean cooking. No worries about processed foods in this house!

Summertime is lingering here in Denver but we already feel the cooler nights creeping in, so we’ve enjoyed grilling late summer dishes such as Grilled Chicken with Chili Lime Cilantro Marinade.

Grilled Chicken with Chili Lime Cilantro MarinadeLight citrus summery flavors with just a bit of heat make our taste buds light up with joy. I get just a little melancholy as I realize summer is fading and the leaves will be falling soon.

I used crushed urfa and aleppo chilies in this marinade. I am not sure how readily available they but they are worth the investment of acquiring them from Savory Spice Shop, if you cannot find them in your location. The chilies are smokey, spicy but not overly spicy, deep depth of flavors with hints of sweetness. Hubby got them for me to try and I am in love. I use them on everything including in my taco mix.

Grilled Chicken and Three Bean Salad 2 wmI am going to miss my spices when we leave. I know I can get more where we are going but I am so spoiled from having such a collection of them. The fun part will be learning new ones!

Enjoy the recipe and the hints of summer included in every bite and please share with me a photo of you trying the recipe.

Grilled Chicken with Chili Lime Cilantro Marinade

Grilled Chicken with Chili Lime Cilantro Marinade

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 2hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into even quarters

2 Tbsp. olive oil

Juice from half a large lime

1 tsp. ground fennel

2 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. crushed urfa chilies

1 tsp. crushed aleppo chilies

1 Tbsp. dried or fresh chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix spices together in a small bowl.

Season chicken with salt and pepper before sprinkling with spice mix.

Place olive oil and lime juice in a large Ziploc bag or a large bowl with a lid.

Add seasoned chicken and turn to coat.

Allow chicken to marinade for about 2 hours.

Heat grill to medium-high heat.

Sear chicken on grill for about 5 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness. Longer if needed.

Do not overcook or your chicken will be dry.

Remove to a plate and allow to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

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