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Jalapeño Infused Chicken

Jalapeño Infused Chicken

Jalapeño Infused Chicken is a brain-dead simple way to prepare especially flavorful and healthy chicken that is also quite versatile – for grilling, baking, frying, etc

Jalapeño Infused Chicken is not just amazingly easy … it’s also incredibly versatile as a basis for all kinds of different dishes. I’ve used it in a stir fry, in casseroles, as a main dish with various sauces. In the photo above, it was grilled and used to top a main dish salad; this dish got rave reviews. The chicken gets spicier the longer you marinate it, but even with 2 days of marinating, it is only moderately spicy-hot.

I’ve also discovered that when I cook it on my George Foreman Grill, the juices that drain off are particularly flavorful. I always use a juice collection dish and then use these juices to flavor rice or to add to soups or sauces. If you’re serving this with some sort of sauce on top, just blend the juices in.

This is the basis for a simple classic chicken – you can grill it and serve it as the main dish with no extra sauce. Or I’ve used this in several chicken dishes that just call for chicken pieces. It goes well in many different kinds of dishes. Also, it is good leftover – either by itself or used in casseroles, soups, or whatever.

I don’t know about you, but for years I used to toss the brine out when we finished up a jar or can of pickled jalapeños. What a waste! I hope you get adventurous with new ways to use this – enjoy!

Jalapeño Infused Chicken
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Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: Southwestern
Serves: 6 servings
  • Skinless, boneless chicken
  • Juice from a can or jar of pickled jalapeños (to cover chicken)
  • Dark chili powder
  1. Cut chicken up into strips or pieces if desired. Whole chicken pieces can be used, but will take longer to marinate for full flavor.
  2. Place chicken pieces in a dish, cover with pickled jalapeño juice, and cover tightly.
  3. Place in refrigerator and allow to marinate for 1-3 days. Rearrange chicken several times a day as needed to ensure all surfaces of the chicken come in contact with the jalapeño juice. Flavor increases the longer you marinate.
  4. Remove chicken from the jalapeño juice and sprinkle both sides with dark chili powder.
  5. Grill, stir-fry, bake ... cook however you wish until chicken is fully cooked.
  6. Can be served as main dish or incorporated into other dishes.


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