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Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Lime Butter

This grilled chicken gets a lovely pop of color and flavor from the lime butter—don't skip it! —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Grill: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (8 ounces each )
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Brush over chicken.
  • Place chicken skin side down on grill rack. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 15 minutes. Turn; grill 20-25 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 165°.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the butter ingredients. Drizzle over chicken before serving.

Test Kitchen tips
  • This recipe gives you a hint of classic mole flavor. Mole is a Mexican sauce that can be made in many ways, but includes the standout flavors of cumin, cinnamon and cocoa.
  • Bone-in chicken will mean juicier, more flavorful chicken than using boneless chicken breasts.
  • Shred leftover chicken and make chicken tacos for a quick follow-up meal later in the week.

  • Editor's Note
    Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 chicken breast half with 1 tablespoon lime butter: 430 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 411mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 40g protein.

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    • betti
      Sep 10, 2020

      I absolutely loved this recipe. I am a huge mole fan and after this was barbecued, the aroma was divine. The cilantro lime butter sauce was yummy. Next time I might try and marinate it in the spices and see how that works. This is a keeper.