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!
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.
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!)
Mexican Lime Chicken with Ale-8-One
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
- 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.
- Add chicken into the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for two hours.
- 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).
- Plate chicken with your favorite accompaniments: I like to serve it with guacamole, rice, pico de gallo, and Ale-8-One Sweet Tomato Salsa.
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!
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?
FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Ale-8-One; all opinions expressed, however, are my own.