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Recipe: Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken

Here are a few words that I love, particularly when I’m hungry: Spicy. Garlic. Lime. Chicken. 

When a recipe called Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken showed up in a food newsletter I got recently, it felt a little bit like fate. I’ve been wanting to write a cooking post that didn’t contain unappetizing proof of previous failure, and here was the perfect recipe, chosen for my inbox with clairvoyant accuracy. The picture on cinched my plan to make it.



When I say this chicken recipe is one of the simplest things I’ve ever cooked, I mean it.  Are you a kitchen rookie who has never touched a pan, stove, or piece of raw meat before? I present to you here a perfect beginner’s recipe. The gist is to mix a bunch of spices together, sprinkle them over chicken, and…. cook the chicken. It’s so easy that it barely merits a blog post, but here we are.

Bonus: if you have a well stocked spice cabinet, this recipe is incredibly cheap. I had to hijack 6 spices from my mom’s collection, but the ingredients are all pretty standard. Once you have the spices on hand you should be able to make this dish even with the slimmest grocery supply and tightest budget.

The technique of making sides, veggies, and a main dish eludes me, but I’ll work my way up to creating fully balanced meals one day. Until then I’ll keep adding rice to everything, as you’ll see in the following glamour shots of my meal.

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To sum up my experience: I thought I would love this dish, and I did love this dish.

Sometimes things in life just work out.

Here’s the recipe for Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken.



A Journey through Kitchen Disasters Past

Being honest is important to me, so I’m going to be honest with you (and myself) right now. I’m a terrible cook about 50% of the time. The good news is that the percentage used to be about 75, but through brazen determination and a triumph of will, I’ve knocked it down to 50.

One big problem? I’m a recipe person who has trouble actually sticking to recipes. 

I don’t know why I started to view recipes as general guidelines that could be easily veered from. Actually yes I do. My mom veers from recipes all the time. However, there’s a slight difference between us that I tend to overlook when I’m elbows deep in my battle with ingredients: she knows what she’s doing and I have absolutely no idea.

Lies I’ve told myself in the kitchen:
1. The exact amount of water doesn’t matter that much. I can eyeball it.
2. The exact amount of seasoning doesn’t matter that much. I can eyeball it.
3. Garlic powder will probably work just as well as minced garlic.
4. I don’t need to set the timer. I can eyeball it.
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Thank you, Joe. I needed that.

There are some chefs who can eyeball it. There are some chefs who don’t need to stick to the recipe. I’ve even heard of a magic breed of chef that doesn’t need a recipe at all. That’s not me nor do I expect it to ever be me. All I’m trying to be is a chef that can make edible meals so I don’t blow all of my money on restaurants.

Like any semi-professional wannabe foodie, I take picture of everything I cook and/or eat. I’m not sure what the protocol is for posting photos of unappetizing failed meals. I’m guessing a good rule of thumb is not to do it. Oops.


The bottom left was mostly a failure of presentation. I don’t claim responsibility for how gross pesto sauce can look in the wrong hands. The other two were failures in every sense of the word. To my credit, (I think) I was still able to eat the meals even though they turned out completely wrong. Oh, and I know it looks like tar, but I promise that’s a balsamic glaze on the chicken.

If you’re questioning the purpose of this post, I think it’s an introduction. Or an explanation. Or maybe an apology. Essentially, I want to warn you about what might be revealed in my cooking posts. If I’m lucky, my future recipes will be so successful that Food Network assigns me a cooking catch phrase. That’s how it works, right?

For now, my goal is to feel confident enough in the kitchen that I don’t need to plan a back-up meal every time I cook.

Until the next culinary adventure!