Buttermilk Southwestern Grilled Chicken or Fish

I had some buttermilk in my frig that was going to go bad. This sounded pretty good and would use up most of my buttermilk, so I thought I would give it a try. One thing I liked about this recipe right off the bat is the marinade can be used for chicken and fish. Also, this has to marinate for a while so plan accordingly. 🙂

2 cups buttermilk
1 lime, zested and juiced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder (or any pure chili powder)
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
Hot sauce, to taste (recommended: Tabasco)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 bone-in or boneless chicken breasts (each about 6 to 8 ounces)
Canola oil

Whisk together the buttermilk, lime zest and juice, garlic, chili powder, coriander, cumin, turmeric, hot sauce, cilantro, and salt and pepper, to taste, in a large bowl.

Pour the marinade into a large resealable plastic bag, add the chicken, seal the bag and refrigerate. Marinate bone-in chicken up to 12 hours, boneless up to 4 hours, chicken legs or breasts, up to 24 hours. If using fish, marinate white fish such as snapper, halibut or bass up to 30 minutes.

Preheat the grill pan over medium-low heat for boneless breasts and fish, and medium heat for bone-in breasts, thighs and legs.

Remove the meat/fish from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels.

Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste, on both sides. Grill until golden brown and charred on both sides and just cooked through.

Cook’s Note:

This recipe also includes the method for fish.

Boneless chicken breasts: about 9 minutes total

Chicken thighs/legs: about 20 minutes total

Bone-in chicken breasts: about 15 minutes total

White Fish: about 8 minutes total

We had this with cole slaw and some biscuits.

Did I change anything? No, I just used boneless chicken breasts.

What did the family think? I am not a huge fan of grilled anything, but hubby and the kids really liked it. Our youngest didn’t even ask for catsup with his chicken which I thought was weird. He ALWAYS has catsup with his chicken…even if the chicken is in soup or a casserole. He will almost always dig the chicken out and dip it in the catsup…not with this one though.

from Food Network

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