Cachaça Grilled Chicken

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Cachaça, according to Wikipedia, is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice. Also known as aguardente, pinga, caninha or other names, it is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil. Outside Brazil, cachaça is used almost exclusively as an ingredient in tropical drinks, with the caipirinha being the most famous cocktail.  In this recipe cachaça is used in the chicken marinade.

Serves: 4

Time: marinade overnight / 1 hour for prep & cooking

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Ingredients:
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon oregano (chopped if fresh)
4 tablespoons Cachaça
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
few sprigs of parsley, chopped finely
lime wedges, to serve
Directions:

1) Combine the garlic, oregano, Cachaça, olive oil, salt & pepper in a small bowl.
2) Place the chicken in a gallon sized zip-lock bag, pour in the marinade and squish around the chicken to coat all of the pieces.  Chill for at least 4 hours, but preferably over night.
3) Remove the bag of chicken from the refrigerator 1/2 hour before you start cooking so it comes to room temperature.
4) Fire up your grill (light the barbecue and let the flames die down before starting to cook – the charcoal will be gray/ashy when ready).
5) Once the grill is ready cook evenly on both sides until the chicken is cooked through.
6) Serve with broccoli rice.

 

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Chicken & Black Rice Bowls

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These rice bowls were really tasty – black rice has an amazing taste, it’s really similar to a wild rice.  Be sure to marinade the chicken overnight for an extra yummy taste.

 

serves 4

marinade the chicken at least 4 hours, or overnight

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Ingredients:

for the marinade – marinade the chicken at least 4 hours, or overnight

2 1/2 boneless & skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups orange juice
3/4 cups balsamic vinegar
1/4 cups honey
1/2 canned chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin
a pinch of salt and pepper
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black rice
2 cups dry black rice
3 cups water or chicken broth
pinch of salt
cook on the stove or in a rice cooker (this is my preferred method)
for the veggies
1 ripe avocado, sliced
handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced
cilantro, diced
green onions, sliced
handful of cashews
handful of dried cranberries
handful of crumbled feta cheese – we used Bulgarian feta which is really creamy
Directions:
1.Cook the rice per the instructions on the package.
2. Remove the chicken from the marinade, pouring the marinade into a pan and heating on medium-low heat and placing the chicken into a medium-high skillet coated with peanut oil.  Cook the chicken until no longer pink.
3. In the meantime slice all of the veggies.
4. Once the chicken is cooked and the sauce has come to a rapid boil scoop out the rice, sprinkle the veggies, cranberries, cashews, and feta on top and spoon the sauce over the rice and veggies.
5. Serve and eat.
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