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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Grilled Marinated Lime Chicken

Welcome to Weekend Cooking everyone. Hope you have had an enjoyable one so far. I have a wonderful chicken recipe to share with you to day from Provisions and Politics: Recipes Honoring First Lady Sarah Childress Polk.

This would be a wonderful recipe to cook out on the grill during the summer months, but it cooked up just as well on the grilling pan in our kitchen.
Polk White House Dessert Plate

First, a little historical tidbit about Sarah Polk – did you know that she curbed drinking at White House dinners? Many people mistakenly believe that drinking was banned, but this isn’t quite correct. She prohibited the drinking of hard spirits but wine was still allowed with dinner – and they kept quite the stocked wine cellar too!

Grilled Marinated Lime Chicken
Serves 6

6 small chicken breasts
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of ½ large lemon
3 Tablespoons sweet course grain mustard
1 ½ teaspoons salt
3 medium garlic cloves, crushed
6 Tablespoons olive oil
Pepper to taste

1) Mix brown sugar, vinegar, lime juice, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and garlic in bowl. Whisk in the olive oil and pepper. Place marinade and chicken breasts in a large zipper bag or bowl, turn to coat, cover, and refrigerate overnight or 8-12 hours.
2) Drain marinade from chicken and let stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. Grill the chicken until cooked through, turning once.

This chicken came out perfect. Since we were cooking our chicken indoors, we hammered it out thin so it would cook a little faster. The taste was just slightly sweet and it made a nice glazed outside to the chicken. We served it over rice and garnished with a little oregano. Wonderful chicken marinade that I would make again and again.

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Copyright © 2012 by The Maiden’s Court


  1. I bet it was tender and juicy!

    I wonder why Sarah Polk prohibited the drinking of hard liquor at White House dinners? She just didn't approve or maybe too many guests had the habit of overindulging? Interesting tidbit.

    1. I know that Sarah Polk was very religious and that the previous administration had been known to have very rousing parties - maybe those might be reasons for her limiting hard liquor. Also, I know up until a certain point that water wasn't considered safe to drink, so wine was the drink of choice - however I'm not sure if that came into play here or not.

  2. That does sound good. I too am curious about the wine / spirits divide. Pretty china.

    1. I too love the china. You can't see it in this tiny picture, but on all of the china plates they had there is a flag emblem with the words, E Plurbus Unum across it. Very patriotic as well as pretty.

  3. I'm always looking for a new chicken recipe, and this sounds perfect.

    1. We eat a lot of chicken, so I too am always looking for something new to change it up!

  4. Very nice post and recipe! My recipes are from an Anne of Green Gables cookbook

    1. Oh very cool! I am certainly going to drop by and check that out!

  5. Hi Heather! I love that you got this from something you are reading and also shared the china pattern. I'm following your link after I comment. ;). The chicken looks great - like something the kids would go for also, which is a huge plus!

    1. Ooops. Haha. You had underlined a book title and I thought it was a link. I will google it. I was beating on my poor iPhone screen with my finger.

    2. Haha! Sorry! I do think that it is something kids would enjoy too - nothing too sweet/sour/different!

  6. I love chicken - this recipe looks easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  7. This is a very nice chicken dish. Would you be happy to link it in to my Chicken Edition of Food on Friday? This is the link . I found this through Beth Fish Read's great Weekend Cooking series.


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