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Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Breasts

TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,608
edited May 31 in Poultry
I've probably posted this recipe before, because it's one of my favorites, and it's my wife's very favorite grilled chicken, a recipe of Melissa Clark's, Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Breasts.  She has several recipes where she solves the problem of uneven thickness by pounding them to an even thickness, adds flavor with a rub or marinade, and the grills them like steaks.  Quick, easy, tender, juicy, really good!  I made it again tonight and had to post it because it was so tasty.

This rub also has dry mustard, salt and cayenne, but the main flavors you taste are brown sugar and coriander, which is not a combination I ever would have thought of, but it's delicious!






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  • dharleydharley Posts: 377
    That looks delicious! I love the smell of coriander. Sometimes I just take the jar our to take a whiff. I'll try this Saturday.
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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    Nice color and cook brother. 
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  • blind99blind99 Posts: 4,527
    that looks great, i may have to try that.  she's got some good recipes - i highly recommend her ice cream base if you like making ice cream.
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  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 4,122
    I’d be all over that. Looks delicious. 
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  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 6,022
    Yeah brother!!
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  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,608
    Many thanks for the kind comments!  Sure was good!
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,423
    Paillards are absolutely the best way to grill a chicken breast.

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  • JohnEggGioJohnEggGio Posts: 778
    Looks great - gonna try!
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  • bluebird66bluebird66 Posts: 2,370
    Very nice!
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  • very interesting, any chance you could post the rub recipe?
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  • CPARKTXCPARKTX Posts: 2,079
    Nice work
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  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,608
    very interesting, any chance you could post the rub recipe?
    No prob:

    Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Breasts

    Servings: 4 servings Source: Melissa Clark, NY Times 

    INGREDIENTS

    4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

    Rub:

    2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

    2 teaspoons ground coriander

    1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt (don't cut)

    1 ½ teaspoons dry mustard powder

    ¼ teaspoon cayenne


    Sauce [I tried it but don't use it]:

    1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed

    4 tablespoons Dijon mustard

    2 teaspoons minced fresh chives


    DIRECTIONS

    [The official directions are below.  FWIW, I found the rub became a soupy mess if I put it on ahead of time, so I put it on immediately before grilling.  I grilled these at around 500°, shooting for 160° internal.]

    1. Place chicken breasts between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap. Using a mallet or rolling pin, pound each to an even thickness of 1/2 inch. Do not make them any thinner or they could dry out.

    2. In a small bowl, combine sugar, coriander, salt, mustard powder and cayenne. Place chicken breasts in a bowl and rub well with spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. Remove chicken from fridge while you preheat the grill.

    3. Light the grill, building a hot fire, or preheat your gas grill to high. Once grill is fully heated, brush breasts lightly with olive oil and place chicken on the grill. Cook until undersides are browned and chicken is about halfway cooked, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip breasts and grill until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes more.

    4. Transfer chicken to a platter. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard and chives. Whisk in 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Serve chicken with mustard for dipping.


  • bookswbooksw Posts: 426

      FWIW, I found the rub became a soupy mess if I put it on ahead of time



    Maybe if you put the chicken in the fridge on a raised rack with a pan under it to catch the moisture so it would “dry brine” and not collect liquid?  I do that with whole chicken for several hours before I cook and it works great

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  • WesJohnsonWesJohnson Posts: 90
    That fish looks delicious. 
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  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,608
    booksw said: Maybe if you put the chicken in the fridge on a raised rack with a pan under it to catch the moisture so it would “dry brine” and not collect liquid?  I do that with whole chicken for several hours before I cook and it works great
    I bet it would work, especially if I started several hours earlier.  I'm just too lazy and "instant gratification" oriented.  <laughing>  I rarely put a rub on something several hours before, or overnight.  I just know that when I put this rub on, and then started the fire, etc., when I got the chicken out of the fridge it was quite wet, which obviously makes it brown less well, especially in a hot-and-fast cook.  So I just put it on right before grilling, now, and I love the result, so I'm not convinced that getting at it several hours earlier would really be worth the trouble.

    Thanks for the suggestion, though!  I've read that dry brining helps chicken, and I really ought to try it sometime.
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