Chilli and cumin barbecued chicken

    1 hour 55 min

    If you're thinking about an interesting marinade for barbecued chicken, try this recipe. It's fresh from the lime juice, spicy from the chilli seasoning mix and has a slight tinge of curry flavour from the cumin. It'll be a hit, the next time you invite friends over for a barbecue.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 limes, juiced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons chilli con carne seasoning mix
    • 1 teaspoon dried sage
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr30min marinating  ›  Ready in:1hr55min 

    1. Whisk the lime juice, olive oil, chilli powder, sage, oregano and cumin together in a small bowl. Arrange the chicken breasts in a shallow glass dish; pour the lime juice marinade over the chicken. Cover the dish with cling film; refrigerate 1 1/2 hours, turning the chicken every 30 minutes.
    2. Preheat an outdoor barbecue for medium heat and lightly oil the cooking grate. Remove the chicken to a plate and allow to come to room temperature. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
    3. Basting with the marinade, barbecue the chicken breasts until no longer pink in the centre and the juices run clear, 8 to 10 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the centre should read at least 74 degrees C.


    If you don't have chilli con carne seasoning mix, you can make your own by combining chilli powder or cayenne pepper with paprika, cumin and oregano.

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    This recipe blew our socks off and left us gagging!!! The amount of chilli powder in this recipe is both wrong and almost life theatening. 2 tablespoons of chilli......really?? Even the the hottest curries come nowhere near this. You cannot taste the cumin or even the chicken as everything is overpowered by the chilli. If you really want to try this recipe use 2 teaspoons of chilli powder and 4 Tablespoons of olive oil.  -  20 Aug 2013


    Great marinade! It definitely has a southwestern flair to it. I only used 1 Tbsp. of chili powder and added a tsp. of smoked paprika. I pounded the chicken breasts down thin and let these marinate overnight. The flavor from the lime really came through but wasn't overpowering.  -  26 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I didn't have any limes, so I used 1 lemon per 2 limes for the recipe and also added garlic powder to it. Came out amazing. Will definitely use this again.  -  12 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)