Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Avocado Salsa.

These grilled chili lime chicken tacos are loaded with smoky, charred flavor! They’re also topped with a grilled pineapple avocado salsa that is incredible. Throw on some cotija cheese, pickled onions and you’re good to go. Chili lime chicken tacos are the star of the show today! Orrrrr maybe, the grilled pineapple avocado salsa is […]

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These grilled chili lime chicken tacos are loaded with smoky, charred flavor! They’re also topped with a grilled pineapple avocado salsa that is incredible. Throw on some cotija cheese, pickled onions and you’re good to go.

Chili lime chicken tacos are the star of the show today!

grilled chili lime chicken tacos with pineapple salsa

Orrrrr maybe, the grilled pineapple avocado salsa is the star of the show. Make a bowl of that and pass the chips please!

It’s incredible.

grilled chicken, pineapple and tortillas

Actually, the real star of this show is Tajin! I love using Tajin seasoning for just about anything – all my meats, roasted vegetables and even the rim of a margarita (when I can drink them, haha). Today, the chicken marinates in Tajin and tastes like heaven. 

If you haven’t tried Tajin before, it’s not overly spicy. I don’t love a ton of heat and I find it to be more like chili powder mixed with fresh lime. The lime flavor is so fantastic here!

If you can’t find Tajin or would prefer something else, I’ve also found chili lime seasoning at Target and Trader Joe’s before too. If neither of those options work either, you can make your own! I suggest combining chili powder, a bit of salt and pepper, garlic powder and fresh lime zest. It will taste fantastic. 

chopped grilled chili lime chicken

After the chicken takes a little Tajin soak, I grill it for even more smoky, charred flavor. It’s divine!

At the same time, I grill some pineapple spears too. If you’ve been around this blog long enough you probably remember back in 2009 when I had an obsession with fruit salsa. I mean, I still do have an obsession with fruit salsa! I’ve probably made just about every version of fruit salsa there is. Almost. 

grilled pineapple avocado salsa

In this case, I wanted to do a smoky grilled pineapple, which in turn would caramelize ever so slightly and that would bring out the sweetness. Combine that with some creamy avocado and spicy jalapeño. And a few classics like red onion and cilantro and lime.

Oh my WORD.

You will love this salsa so much. Seriously considering just eating it with a spoon and calling it a salad. I mean, that would work, right?  (more…)

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Flautas

What is a Flauta? If you haven’t had a flauta before, it’s time! Flautas are basically rolled up, crispy tacos. Tortillas are filled with meat and cheese and fried to perfection. Serve as an appetizer or main dish, and dip them into guacamo…

What is a Flauta? If you haven’t had a flauta before, it’s time! Flautas are basically rolled up, crispy tacos. Tortillas are filled with meat and cheese and fried to perfection. Serve as an appetizer or main dish, and dip them into guacamole, sour cream, and salsa! And if you are wondering if there is…

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Our 30 Best Chicken Recipes for Grilling Season (It’s Here!)

Every corner of the world has a (delicious, delicious) take on grilled chicken, from Indonesia’s largest island to your local mall’s CPK. We’ve gathered our 30 favorite recipes with three ingredients or fourteen, dry rubs or wet marinades, whole birds or its parts, so forget armchair travel and let your barbecue take you places.


Best Grilled Chicken Recipes

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1. Halfsies Chicken

The winner of our Best Hands-Off Recipe contest, Halfsies Chicken’s recipe is pretty much in its title: 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne slathered over 2 pounds boneless skinless thighs (four halves make 2!). Leave it to rest for 10 to 20 hours before grilling. I’ve made this recipe so many times—in a grill pan, skillet, or the oven—and guess what? You can eyeball the ingredients and it will still be bonkers.

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Every corner of the world has a (delicious, delicious) take on grilled chicken, from Indonesia’s largest island to your local mall’s CPK. We’ve gathered our 30 favorite recipes with three ingredients or fourteen, dry rubs or wet marinades, whole birds or its parts, so forget armchair travel and let your barbecue take you places.


Best Grilled Chicken Recipes

Thighs

1. Halfsies Chicken

The winner of our Best Hands-Off Recipe contest, Halfsies Chicken’s recipe is pretty much in its title: 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne slathered over 2 pounds boneless skinless thighs (four halves make 2!). Leave it to rest for 10 to 20 hours before grilling. I’ve made this recipe so many times—in a grill pan, skillet, or the oven—and guess what? You can eyeball the ingredients and it will still be bonkers.

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Sheet Pan Chicken and Peppers with Cashews. An Everyday Dinners Sneak Peek!

This sheet pan cashew chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner! The sauce is delish and my method for cooking the veggies and chicken works great, bringing the meal together in about 30 minutes. We adore this meal, which you can find inside my new book, Everyday Dinners! I can barely contain my excitement – we […]

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This sheet pan cashew chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner! The sauce is delish and my method for cooking the veggies and chicken works great, bringing the meal together in about 30 minutes. We adore this meal, which you can find inside my new book, Everyday Dinners!

I can barely contain my excitement – we are TWO WEEKS away from the launch of Everyday Dinners!

sheet pan cashew chicken

And I’m back today sharing one more sneak peek recipe with you before the launch. This sheet pan cashew chicken is in permanent rotation in our house – and it’s so delicious and satisfying. I can’t even explain how hard it has been to keep this recipe from you until now!

But first! Let’s talk Everyday Dinners!

everyday dinners by jessica merchant

It comes out in TWO WEEKS! May 4th, to be exact. Everyday Dinners is LOADED with – you guessed it – dinner recipes! They are perfect for busy weeknights, all include meal prep tips and tricks and are absolutely DELISH if I do say so myself.

If you preorder a copy today, you get not only Everyday Dinners when it releases on May 4, but you also get the free (!!!) bonus cookbook too

And! You can preorder a signed copy (!!!) from Penguin Bookshop! Perfect, just in time for Mother’s Day. There are a limited number of signed copies, so if you’d like a signed book, grab one HERE!

YOU CAN PREORDER FROM:

Bookshop

Target

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Indiebound

Google Play

Apple Books

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Regardless of where you order you book, everyone can also get a signed book plate, essentially giving you a signed copy of the book. 

In order to get a signed book plate for your book, you must follow these instructions below.

  1. Forward (or send a screenshot of your order) to everydaydinnersbook@gmail.com
  2. Include your name and full mailing address. The signed book plate will be arriving via snail mail (so you can stick it in your book!) and we will need your full mailing address to send it to you.

The book plates will ship separately from your book and may arrive before your book, so be sure to hold on to it!

chopped bell peppers and onions

Now back to our cashew chicken.

Sheet pan meals are so tricky. While I love how easy they seem, it’s difficult to figure out cook times and make sure everything on the pan cooks perfectly. You know?

It’s also easy to crowd the pan, which makes everything steam instead of roast. And then you lose lots of flavor. 

Um, no thanks!

sheet pan cashew chicken

So!

I use my go-to method for sheet pan meals for this recipe – and you’ve seen it before in my fajita and salmon recipes too. I cook the vegetables first, so they get all caramely and roasty and wonderful. You know, the best way to do veggies?! 

After a nice little roast of those, I push them all over to the side and add the chicken and cashews. Do another roast and and we’re good to go!

The sauce thickens and the cashews get all golden and toasty too. We love it! (more…)

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27 Stellar Side Dishes for Chicken

So, you’re making chicken for dinner. Maybe it is oven-fried or feta-brined or milk-braised. But it is chicken and it needs a side. That’s where these 27 recipes come in.

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So, you’re making chicken for dinner. Maybe it is oven-fried or feta-brined or milk-braised. But it is chicken and it needs a side. That’s where these 27 recipes come in.

1. Citrus Salad With Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Dates & Almonds

This sweet and sour citrus salad, with juicy oranges, sticky dates, and crunchy almonds, is the perfect foil to rich, fatty roast chicken. Or crispy chicken cutlets, sliced into strips.

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But Really, What’s the Right Temperature for Cooked Chicken?

Below, we’re sharing an excerpt from the Food52 cookbook, Dynamite Chicken, to answer one of life’s most important questions: At what temperature should my cooked chicken end up, and how do I get it there?

Anybody who tells you that one part of the …

Below, we're sharing an excerpt from the Food52 cookbook, Dynamite Chicken, to answer one of life's most important questions: At what temperature should my cooked chicken end up, and how do I get it there?


Anybody who tells you that one part of the chicken is better than another part of the chicken is not somebody whose culinary advice you need to take too seriously. But even though it all comes from the same bird, chicken parts have different flavors and functions in recipes, and different cook times and temperatures to reach to get the best out of them. Here’s a guide to chicken cooking temps in general, a breakdown on how I like to cook separate chicken parts, and a bunch of different ways you can cook your chicken to get to the result we all want: flavorful, succulent meat.

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Avocado Chicken Salad with Chipotle and Lime. AKA, What To Make For Lunch Today!

Avocado chicken salad is on tap for today!  I’m still on a mission to arm myself with as many delicious lunches that I can! Bonus points if they are make-ahead and ready in the fridge for me when I’m starving come noon. Pass all the crunchy crackers, please. This avocado chicken salad is another great […]

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Avocado chicken salad is on tap for today! 

avocado chicken salad with crackers

I’m still on a mission to arm myself with as many delicious lunches that I can! Bonus points if they are make-ahead and ready in the fridge for me when I’m starving come noon.

Pass all the crunchy crackers, please.

chicken, scallions, yogurt, mayo, chipotle peppers, lime

This avocado chicken salad is another great option to have during the week. Of course, you could eat it for breakfast or dinner too. You do you.

I just love it for lunch. 

Speaking of lunch, are you still working at home right now or heading back to the office? I love this recipe for both situations: it lasts, you can throw it together the night before and it’s basically a pantry meal if you grab a rotisserie chicken and a bag of pita chips. 

chipotle lime chicken salad base

Now, I have made chicken and egg salad with the avocado as a binder in the past. Like, mash it up and use it with the wet ingredients to bring everything together. I really love that too, it just doesn’t last as long in the fridge. 

Chicken salad is one of those dishes I like to prep ahead so I have it for a few days. My current favorite way to enjoy it is on super crunchy crackers. So if it’s prepped ahead, I know it’s in the fridge and makes for a wonderful snack or lunch. 

avocado chicken salad

This is another version of that, and it may just be my favorite one yet. I used the base for my summer chicken salad (aka, the best one ever) and instead of using lemon, used lime. And some diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. This adds the perfect amount of spice, especially if you have it with tortilla chips or crackers!

I like to make that base above and store it in the fridge. Much like my make-ahead marinated chickpeas. This is our base! But then…

avocado chicken salad with crackers and pickled onions

Go ahead and add a few more delicious things.

Or, at least one more delicious thing.

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Chicken Penne Pasta

We love a good pasta night at our house. A few of our favorites include baked ziti, lasagna, cacio e pepe, and pasta pomodoro. This easy Chicken Penne Pasta is another favorite, my boys request it often. They love the creamy, cheesy sauce that covers t…

We love a good pasta night at our house. A few of our favorites include baked ziti, lasagna, cacio e pepe, and pasta pomodoro. This easy Chicken Penne Pasta is another favorite, my boys request it often. They love the creamy, cheesy sauce that covers the penne pasta and chicken. I also add a fresh…

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Your Roast Chicken Leftovers Game Plan

We’ve partnered with Just Bare Chicken to share recipes, videos, and tips that make preparing not-boring, weeknight-friendly meals easy as can be.
There’s a reason why chicken constantly ranks up there among our most popular recipes. Endlessly versati…

We've partnered with Just Bare Chicken to share recipes, videos, and tips that make preparing not-boring, weeknight-friendly meals easy as can be.

There's a reason why chicken constantly ranks up there among our most popular recipes. Endlessly versatile, riffable, and leftover-friendly, chicken is truly the weeknight warrior you can lean on after harried work days and later-than-expected returns home.

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Potato Chip Crusted Chicken Fingers with Ranch and Roasted Broccoli.

Oh boy! We’re making potato chip crusted chicken fingers for the most delish meal ever. These super crispy, crunchy savory chicken fingers are a huge favorite in our house. They have so much texture and flavor. I love to serve them with my homemade ranch (it’s seriously unreal) and roasted broccoli or another roasted vegetable. […]

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Oh boy! We’re making potato chip crusted chicken fingers for the most delish meal ever.

potato chip crusted chicken fingers with ranch and roasted broccoli

These super crispy, crunchy savory chicken fingers are a huge favorite in our house. They have so much texture and flavor. I love to serve them with my homemade ranch (it’s seriously unreal) and roasted broccoli or another roasted vegetable. The combo is wonderful! Satisfying, filling and tastes like heaven. 

kettle cooked potato chips in a bag

Chicken fingers are not a new thing around here… I mean, you may remember me making them in 2010! It’s insane that I’ve made so many different variations over the last decade. I find that we go in and out of phases with them. They’re easily one of Eddie’s favorite foods too. 

But I probably make them most often to chop up and use in my house salad for dinner. We LOVE that kind of meal. It tastes so indulgent and is just super good. 

P.S. definitely happy to report that I’ve chopped these potato chip chicken fingers up too and used them in salads. Absolutely excellent! I mean, how can you go wrong with insane crispy crunch?

potato chip crusted chicken fingers ready to bake

Anyway!

Let’s get to the potato chip coating!

Years ago, I started making potato chip crusted fish (and more recently, fish sticks!) –  which is SO SO good. It’s where I originally got the idea to do chip crusted chicken and I’m thrilled it works with both. 

I like to use kettle cooked chips here, but that’s just personal preference. I’m not a huge chip lover unless there is a really fantastic dip around. But I only buy kettle cooked chips because the crunch is unbeatable! That’s why I suggest those here.

homemade ranch dressing ingredients

Also! I find it important to really crush the chips so you have mostly tiny crumbs, but then there will always be a few bigger pieces that give some extra crunch on the chicken. The best part! If you want to see exactly how I do it, head to instagram where I’ll make this recipe on stories today.

You can probably imagine that once these are baked, the coating is even more crisp and crunchy than before. If you’re a crunch lover like I am, you will freak over these.

howsweeteats house ranch

Also, yes I do think these can be made in the air fryer. And I do really love my air fryer. However, it’s difficult to make one batch at a time because these need to be in a single layer! So I find the oven to be more efficient overall, because it’s one bake time and then they’re done. 

potato chip crusted chicken fingers right after baking

My homemade ranch is the recipe that made me fall in love with ranch. I make a big batch and everyone goes crazy for it – we dip ALLLLLL the things in it. It’s one of the dips I love to serve with these chicken fingers (along with my house sauce, of course). The combination is classic and so darn good.

potato chip crusted chicken fingers

Finally!

I roast some broccoli for the side. It’s easily my favorite vegetable, so anything else you love works here too. My family LOVES this meal. It’s such a great balance – crispy crunchy chicken with roasted, flavorful broccoli. And everything is drizzle in a touch of ranch. We all get so excited when a plate looks like this.  (more…)

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