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July 8, 2015 | Mike Knox

Cooking with Fire!

 

 

For me Summer time is about moving the kitchen outdoors and cooking with fire!  There are all sorts of foods that I like to apply fire to but my most favorite is Tequila Lime Chicken.  Nothing fancy… just quality ingredients make this an off the charts dinner for the family to enjoy on the patio.  First I track down some boneless organic chicken breasts along with brown sugar, cilantro, high quality Tequila (not any of the cheap stuff… bad memories of Tijuana) and some local olive oil produced here in the Napa Valley.  I have found that our friends at Round Pond make some off the charts olive oil!  After the roundup of the ingredients the last piece of the puzzle comes from my lime tree in my back yard.

 

 

With 4 – 8 pieces of chicken in a one gallon zip lock bag, add olive oil so that there is plenty to coat the chicken. (Make sure your olive oil is fresh and that it has not passed its shelf life which happens to be very short by the way.)   Add 1 cup of brown sugar followed by 1 cup of your finest Tequila. Include the lime juice from 6 limes and half a handful of chopped cilantro will round things out.  Mix all of these ingredients together in the zip lock bag for an hour or two and then cook over indirect heat on your grill.  As you are cooking, pour the contents from the bag over the chicken on the grill so that the brown sugar continues to caramelize while you cook.  Indirect heat will prevent flame ups when you pour the marinade over each side of the chicken on the grill.   Once the chicken is thoroughly cooked it is time to feast! The chicken is phenomenal on its own, but pair it with a bottle of Baldacci’s dry Gewürztraminer and it is to die for!

 

 

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