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5 Spice Grilled Chicken | Simple Chicken Recipe | Food Made Simple | Freezer Friendly Recipe

 

This simple yet delicious grilled chicken is one of my family’s newest favorite freezer recipes.  Even my littlest, who doesn’t normally like chicken, gobbles it up like she has never seen food before.  I like it because it is ridiculously easy and makes almost no mess.  My husband likes it because it involves the grill, which he would happily cook with every single night if he could.

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To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just double or triple the recipe, split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it right into the freezer–no cooking required!  Making it ahead of time is not necessary, though, as it is equally delicious just marinated at in the fridge for 4-6 hours.

You can use any type of chicken but my family much prefers the boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which are a darker, juicier meat and also tend to be cheaper than the boneless skinless breasts.

5 Spice Grilled Chicken | Simple Chicken Recipe | Food Made Simple | Freezer Friendly Recipe

Here is what you need:

2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 1/2 tsp Chili powder
2 TBSP Garlic powder
2 large lime, zested & juiced
4-6 lbs. chicken thighs
salt & pepper

5 Spice Grilled Chicken | Simple Chicken Recipe | Food Made Simple | Freezer Friendly Recipe

Step 1: Zest limes and add zest to medium size bowl, then juice and set aside.

5 Spice Grilled Chicken | Simple Chicken Recipe | Food Made Simple | Freezer Friendly Recipe

Step 2: Add cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, lime zest, salt and pepper to bowl and mix well.

5 Spice Grilled Chicken | Simple Chicken Recipe | Food Made Simple | Freezer Friendly Recipe

Step 3: Divide chicken into 2 1-gallon freezer bags. (If freezing, be sure to label bags ahead of time.) Add lime juice and marinate chicken in bag for at least 4 hours or longer, or press out air from bag and freeze.

5 Spice Grilled Chicken | Simple Chicken Recipe | Food Made Simple | Freezer Friendly Recipe

Step 4: Thaw if frozen. Then grill on medium heat for 25-30 minutes.

5 Spice Grilled Chicken | Simple Chicken Recipe | Food Made Simple | Freezer Friendly Recipe

Step 5: Once cooked let chicken rest for 3 minutes,then squeeze fresh lime juice over top and serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!

5 Spice Grilled Chicken | Simple Chicken Recipe | Food Made Simple | Freezer Friendly Recipe

6 Comments

  1. August 30 at 01:00PM

    This looks absolutely delicious and very simple. My kind of recipe!

  2. August 30 at 02:51PM

    Yum -and healthy too!

  3. Michele
    September 2 at 08:25PM

    Does the cayenne pepper make it spicy. My son and husband don’t like spicy food unfortunately!

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 5 at 09:10PM

      Hi Michele,

      It is spicy! You could leave out the cayenne and just use regular black pepper instead. 🙂

  4. Kim
    November 1 at 03:13PM

    Made this Sunday night for my family. We don’t own a grill. So I baked it at 450 degrees. Crisped the chicken skin up nicely. This recipe will definitely be going into our meal rotation!

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 9 at 09:21PM

      So glad you and your family liked this recipe! 🙂

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