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Summertime Favorite

One thing our family loves most about the warm summer months is the ability to enjoy a family meal on the patio. There’s something really wonderful about casually dining on our rotation of summer standby meals on a summer night. 

A simple and delicious family favorite was discovered on the Betty Crocker website several years ago. We’ve found this dish to be a refreshing change from standard barbecue chicken, nice for a mid-week meal and impressive enough to serve to our guests or bring to a new mama. Paired with berries and a green salad with honey-lime vinaigrette, we enjoy Betty’s dish throughout our grilling season.

I have a daughter who enjoys zesting limes, so I’ll often have her make a big batch of the seasoning rub and keep some in the fridge for the next round. Leftovers are excellent chilled on a salad, too.

What are your summertime family favorites?

Lime and Chili Rubbed Chicken Breasts


2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons grated lime peel

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 teaspoons olive or canola oil


1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small bowl, mix chili powder, brown sugar, lime peel, salt, garlic powder and ground red pepper. Rub both sides of chicken with oil, then with spice mixture. (Allowing spices to rest on chicken for 20-30 minutes enhances flavor.)

2. Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 10 to 15 minutes, turning once or twice, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F). 

Note: I’ve also baked this chicken when the grill wasn’t available. Equally delicious!


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Molly Koop

Molly is blessed to share her life with her beloved husband, Brendan, and their eight children whom she homeschools.

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