Whenever we hit the summer, we love doing regular grill nights. It’s just super easy and super fun. We grill a lot of chicken and today we’ll show you how to do one of our favorite marinades, our fajita chicken marinade. A blend of oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, honey and pepper, it really packs a nice zesty sweet and spicy punch. The chicken is capable of standing alone, but we also love to use it on tacos, taco bowls, fajitas, and nachos. So marinade recipe coming, but first, how about we take a little journey back in time?
There’s just something magical about summertime grilling, isn’t there?
The smells, the sounds, the flavor…summer grill nights spark my senses and takes me back on a journey to my childhood: Endless summer days, poolside picnics, wet dogs, crabbing off of my grandparents dock, playing outside until well after dark, chasing fireflies. I’m reminded of a young boy lying in a field on a blanket, staring up with wide-eyed wonder at the starry sky above. I’m reminded and I’m comforted. Yes, there is something magical about summer. Something magical about childhood.
As adults, sometimes we lose touch with all the simple things in life. Sometimes the magic fades. We feel weighed down by responsibility and anxiety. There’s a stack of bills to pay, obligations to fulfill, and, for many of us, little mouths to feed and little minds to mold. It can be overwhelming at times. For sure. And so, we spend less moments in pure wonder. Pure gratitude. Pure joy. And that’s a shame. That’s a mistake. That is not the best way to live your life!
So what do say, that we all make a stand? What do you say that right here, right now, that we commit to living better lives? That we all become intentional about living more in the moment? That we all become committed to living passion-filled joy-filled lives? C’mon, I know that’s a notion we can all get behind!
As Missy Elliot would say, “I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it”.
That’s right, I just did that. I just quoted Missy Elliot lyrics in a post write-up about chicken marinade. But you could already probably feel this post taking a turn from the standard food write-up couldn’t you? Why you ask? To that I would say, “Why not?”. I don’t know….maybe it’s because “Me I’m supa fly, Supa dupa fly”. Dang, that’s twice. No turning back now.
I get it. It’s ridiculous. It’s playful. But that’s the point. We all have responsibilities and grown-up sh## (sorry, but you know that’s the appropriate and most impactful word to use there) to deal with, but make sure you leave room in your life for ridiculousness and play. Make sure you leave room for passion. For wonder. For wet dogs. For music. For nature hikes, sunset paddles and rides on bikes. For grill nights.
Now, returning to the food track and the specifics of grill night, Melissa would say there’s also something magical about not having to be the lead chef for once! And, she’s right about that too. I always do my best to play the sous chef role, but she does fix the lion’s share of our meals and so it’s nice to provide an occasional break from that role.
Plus, as a man, I think I’m supposed to celebrate my primal nature by cooking with fire? Yes, this is a bit of a ridiculous gender stereotype. Men and women alike should both celebrate all that is primal and all that is refined within our nature. We are complex beings.
But, I’m happy to play the role of manly grill master in our house and give Melissa a break from the kitchen from time to time. Okay, okay… she’s usually still in there prepping all the other elements of the meal while I’m outside just standing by the grill (grilling isn’t like rocket science, ya know?), but at least she’s not standing in a hot kitchen. It takes teamwork to make the dream work. 🙂
Hopefully by now I have you as pumped up as a person could possibly be about grilling something. 🙂 C’mon don’t fight it, we’re emotional creatures. It’s okay to be super-geeked about grill night. That’s a good thing. Go with it.
So here’s an awesome fajita chicken marinade to try out sometime. I’d spend lots of time explaining it, but there’s not much to explain. It’s easy. Supa dupa easy. 😉
- 2 lb . boneless , skinless chicken (thighs, tenderloins, thin breasts)
- 1/3 c . oil
- juice from 1 lime
- 2 cloves garlic , roughly chopped into a few pieces
- 1 tsp . chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp . cumin
- 1 T . honey
- salt and pepper
- Mix oil through salt and pepper in a liquid measuring glass.
- Place chicken in a ziploc bag.
- Add marinade.
- Marinate for several hours or overnight.
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