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Eat it or Beat it: Mojito Chicken!

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Lately, I’ve been cheating on my #1 lover (HGTV) with a new friend… The Food Network. I love to cook and got really into watching cooking shows when I got hooked on The Taste this winter. Now, I’m more of a sporadic watcher, but I still get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

One of the undeniably greats is Rachael Ray. I think she seems like she would be a chill girl to hang with and I really like her show. So, I decided to try one of her recipes and see how it panned out.

I’m really not a liquor drinker (much to the dismay of my bar cart) but I do love a good Mojito. If you haven’t had it- go grab a bottle of Skinny Girl Pre-Made Mojitos and a cold cold glass. You will not regret it.

So, when I saw Rachael’s summertime special with Mojito Chicken, I knew that I had to give it a try.

Here’s the link to the original recipe. I made a couple of tweaks, mostly based off of what I had in the pantry. I think, however, that I kept the integrity of the dish alive.

Rachael Ray’s Mojito Chicken

Serves 2

First, Marinade your chicken.

Mojito Chicken - Charleston Crafted

I placed 2 large chicken breasts in a tupperware. Meanwhile, in a bowl I whisked 1/2 cup mint leaves, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 diced fresh jalapeno, the zest & juice of 2 limes, 3 shots of rum, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1/4 cup olive oil.

Mojito Chicken - Charleston Crafted

Pour the marinade over the chicken & make sure that they are all coated. Let sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour- mine sat from lunch time to dinner time.

Mojito Chicken - Charleston Crafted

When you’re ready to cook, light up the grill. Cook the chicken for about 25 minutes, flipping it ever so often, until completely cooked through. I like a nice crispy finish on mine, too.

Mojito Chicken - Charleston Crafted

While the chicken is grilling, start making the sauce. In a blender, combine 4 cloves of garlic, 1 diced jalapeno, 1/2 cup of mint, 1 T white wine vinegar, 1 T honey, 1 t salt.

Mojito Chicken - Charleston Crafted

When the chicken’s done, plate it and top with the sauce. We served it, as Rachael recommended, with corn & a guacamole salad- avocado, cucumber, tomato, and jalapeno tossed with lemon juice and olive oil.

Mojito Chicken - Charleston Crafted

Mojito Chicken - Charleston Crafted

This meal turned out really good- I would cook it again. However, I’m such a fatty, I thought that it needed rice or pasta. 🙂

Mojito Chicken - Charleston Crafted

Mojito Chicken - Charleston Crafted

Have you ever tried Rachael Ray’s recipes? What did you think??

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