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If you’ve tried any of our easy healthy recipes before, you know that my family loves flavour!
It’s almost homecoming for our local university football team and I come from a big football family – almost everyone in my family has played football at some level. For me, it was just two years on my high school football team, but we have former professional players and football coaches in the family, so we really enjoy getting together for the games.
Now that I’m cooking for our family’s football barbecues, I want to make healthy, great meals that everyone will enjoy, but I also don’t want to be spending all of my time in the kitchen. I want easy, fresh sides and some food for the grill, so whether we’re watching the game from home or bringing a portable charcoal barbeque to the game, the menu doesn’t have to change.
I normally have to hunt down my favourite hot sauce, but I was so excited to discover it at my local Wal-mart. I am really picky with my hot sauce; I don’t just want heat, I want my hot sauce to have great flavour and really enhance the recipe. My favourite is El Yucateco’s Black Label Reserve which is made with fire roasted habanero peppers, so it has a smoky and nuanced flavour that is completely different than the flavour most people associate with hot sauce. (They even keep it in a different section than the other hot sauces, I found it in the Hispanic section of my store.)
If you’re a regular reader, you know that I very infrequently work with brands because I want you to be confident that I’m actually sharing a product that I love, and this is one of them. (I also used it in my Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo recipe and my Lentil Stew recipe.)
I whipped together a quick but flavour-packed marinade for my smoky habanero grilled chicken, and let it set in the fridge for a day while I organized the rest of the details for the barbecue and cleaned the house. A great marinade is an easy way to really develop some deep flavour without having to do much work.
I wanted to provide a fresh contrast to the smoky heat of the grilled chicken, so I topped each portion with a generous spoonful of Mary’s fresh salsa recipe.
I hope your family loves this easy, healthy recipe for smoky habanero grilled chicken, and that it makes preparing for your next family barbecue a bit easier.