Tender juicy spicy Mexican chicken with bright fruity salsa. There's a lot of flavor packed into this dish, from the chili-lime and brown sugar marinade to the delicious salsa. I make this dish often. It's relatively easy and everyone loves it.
Hands-on time for this recipe is very little. Let the chicken marinate for an hour or two. Make the salsa. Thread the chicken onto skewers and grill.
If ripe nectarines are elusive, use fresh pineapple or mango. What we're after here is a fruit that's fresh and sweet with a bit of tartness, to balance out the salty, salty, spicy, tangy flavors of the onion, bell pepper, cilantro, jalapeño, avocado, salt and lime juice.
The salsa is really something!
You'll want to spoon it over everything.
It would be great with any grilled chicken, grilled fish, steak or even just scooped onto a tortilla chip.
But it's especially great with this delicious grilled Mexican chicken!
Many of my favorite treasured recipes come from friends. This one was given to me by my friend Rachel Reid who has an unmistakable flair for cooking.
Rachel is an interior decorator with her own company: Reid Design, Inc. In a previous life she was a personal chef. Though she no longer cooks professionally, Rachel is a passionate foodie who gets as excited as I do about sharing her favorite recipes.
A big "Thank You!" to Rachel for sharing this fantastic recipe for Mexican spiced grilled chicken with nectarine salsa. I love it. I can't imagine a more perfect summer dish.
How To Make This Mexican Chicken with Nectarine Salsa
The recipe is easily manageable for a weeknight: marinate the chicken for an hour or two, make the salsa, grill the chicken and enjoy!
- Marinate The Chicken: Combine the marinade ingredients, chili powder, garlic, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cumin, olive oil and lime juice, add the chicken and stir to coat. Cover the chicken and refrigerate it for an hour or two. Thread chicken pieces onto 8 (12-inch) metal skewers.
- Make The Salsa: Combine the ingredients: nectarines, red bell pepper, red onion, avocado, cilantro, salt and lime juice.
- Grill The Chicken: Preheat the grill to medium-high. Cook the chicken kebabs for about 6 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with the salsa.
Food blogging can be a lonely business. It's so great having a pal in the kitchen.
After the salsa was all chopped and in a crystal bowl, we found ourselves sorting through cilantro stems, looking for the perfect sprigs, both of us wanting to make an artistic statement with the garnish.
I love what Rachel's has to say about her love of food and cooking:
My professional training was in art, and I think my aesthetic sense informs who I am as a chef. For me, the visual presentation of a meal is as important as how everything tastes. I love taking the time to make my food look beautiful, and I believe that effort elevates the whole experience.
Years ago, when I worked as a private chef, I particularly enjoyed the challenge of making meals that my clients loved, while following whatever dietary restrictions were important to them. That created some really interesting culinary challenges, but I think those experiences had a strong influence over how I approach cooking today.
When I cook for my family, I use fresh organic ingredients, and generally cook without gluten or added sugar. I am particularly conscious of how important eating habits are now that I have a house full of teenagers, and I feel especially pleased when I can make a healthy meal that everyone loves.
Tips from The Chef:
- If you can't find ripe nectarines you can substitute diced pineapple or mango.
- The spice rub also works beautifully on shrimp, but cut the marinating time to a half hour.
- If you're short on time, use whole pieces of chicken and skip the skewers.
Here's the recipe for Mexican spiced grilled chicken with nectarine salsa. If you try this recipe, please come back to leave a star rating and a comment and let Rachel and me know what you think!Print