Mexican Lime Chicken with Ale-8-One

May 4, 2020
Ale 8 One Mexican Lime Grilled Chicken by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Food Blog

Hey, y’all!

There’s chicken and then there’s this Mexican Lime Chicken, y’all. It’s so easy, only requires a few ingredients, and is finger-lickin’ good. The key is in the marinade, which features the marriage of Ale-8-One and fresh lime juice. I thought this would be a fun dish for y’all to make for Cinco de Mayo — with a Kentucky twist!

Ale 8 One Mexican Lime Grilled Chicken by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Food Blog 2

Ale 8 One Mexican Lime Grilled Chicken by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Food Blog 2

I love Mexican culture and food (it’s one of my very favorites); fun fact: did y’all know that I lived in Mérida with a host mom (hola, Ligia!)? That was, easily, one of the best times of my life. I’ll forever be grateful for that experience!

While I know most of us will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo at home due to social distancing, I think this recipe will be a fun way to celebrate with your loved ones in the comfort of your own kitchen. The best part about this recipe is that it is so flexible — you can serve the chicken with toppings just as I did, you could turn it into tacos, use it in a salad… you name it.

Ale 8 One Mexican Lime Grilled Chicken by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Food Blog

Ale 8 One Mexican Lime Grilled Chicken by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Food Blog 2

Ale 8 One Mexican Lime Grilled Chicken by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Food Blog

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: while I love drinking Ale-8-One, I love cooking with it even more. The ginger flavor profile from the soda provides a special, notable kick to many dishes. It’s the ingredient that’ll have your guest saying, “That’s delicious — what is that note that I’m tasting?” If you’re like me, you’ll be proud to answer that it is a Kentucky staple.

Want to watch me prepare this recipe? Watch the below video on my YouTube channel; furthermore, I would love it if y’all would subscribe! (PS: I also included my guacamole recipe in the video!)

Ale 8 One Mexican Lime Grilled Chicken by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Food Blog

Mexican Lime Chicken with Ale-8-One

Ingredients:

Boneless, skinless chicken breast (I prefer it thinly-sliced)

1/2 c. Ale-8-One

1/2 c. Fresh Lime Juice

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp. Chili Powder

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

Kosher Salt, to taste

Black Pepper, to taste

Ale-8-One Sweet Tomato Salsa, served on the side

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, construct the marinade: Ale-8-One, fresh lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, and black pepper. Whisk until well-combined.
  2. Add chicken into the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for two hours.
  3. After two hours have passed, heat up some extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and cook the chicken to your desired level of doneness (be sure to cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F).
  4. Plate chicken with your favorite accompaniments: I like to serve it with guacamole, rice, pico de gallo, and Ale-8-One Sweet Tomato Salsa.
  5. Enjoy!

I can taste this dish just be looking at the photos, y’all. It’s so good. I love it served with the Ale-8-One Sweet Tomato Salsa, which you can find in local stores (such as your Kroger) or you can order online. The sweetness is unparalleled — it’s hard not to eat an entire mason jar in one sitting!

Ale 8 One Mexican Lime Grilled Chicken by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Food BlogAle 8 One Mexican Lime Grilled Chicken by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Kentucky-Based Food Blog

While we are creating new norms at this time, I’m thankful for tried-and-true, steadfast traditions. One of mine just so happens to be in the form of a soda in a green bottle, which has been in production in Winchester (Clark County) since 1926.

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling (Post-quarantine – please practice social distancing), Happy Living.

Y’all come back now ya hear?

My best,

JC

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FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Ale-8-One; all opinions expressed, however, are my own.

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