Monday, October 15, 2012

Honey Lime Chicken Bites

This recipe was originally written as a way to grill chicken breasts. I switched it up by cutting the chicken into small bites and preparing it on the stove. Don't get me wrong, the marinade is great for grilling! But sometimes getting the grill going is more work than I want to do. I can get these on the table in less than twenty minutes, not including marinating time.

The marinade is citrusy and sweet, with a hint of heat from cayenne pepper. Just enough heat to balance the honey.

Here's what you need:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
The juice and zest from one lime (juice should be about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup honey
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP soy sauce (I use low sodium)
1/2 teas sea salt
1/2 teas onion powder
1/2 teas garlic powder
1/8 teas cayenne pepper (I just use a couple shakes)

Place the chicken pieces in a Ziploc bag or glass bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken. Squish around to make sure all the pieces are coated. Let marinate for an hour or longer.

Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet until shimmery. Carefully add the chicken pieces in a single layer. Do this in batches if your skillet isn't large enough.

Cook on one side until nicely browned. Flip the chicken pieces over and allow to cook for another 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

The honey caramelizes in the pan and gives the chicken a great browned appearance. I always finish it off with a squeeze of lime juice over all. It's so tasty!

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