Tajín Grilled Chicken
Tajín is a Mexican seasoning made from dried, ground red chiles, sea salt and dehydrated lime juice. It is great sprinkled over fresh cut fruit like mango and pineapple, or rimmed on an ice cold margarita. But it is also an easy way to add chile and lime to your favorite grilled meats, rubs or sauces. In this dish, the lime in the Tajín balances out the sweetness from the agave syrup, while the red chiles complement the smoky flavor of the chipotles. Serve the chicken as is or on toasted hamburger buns with a schmear of mayonnaise, chopped grilled scallions, cilantro leaves and sliced pickled jalapeños. This Tajín sauce also would pair well with grilled bass, cod or salmon, or with shrimp skewers.
- Serves: 4 persons
- Vegetable oil, for the grill
- 8skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
- Sea salt (or kosher salt)
- ½cup light agave syrup or honey
- ½cup fresh orange juice
- 1teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- 3chipotle chiles in adobo, finely chopped
- ¼cup adobo sauce
- 6garlic cloves, finely grated
- 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1tablespoon Tajín Clásico
- 8scallions, root ends trimmed
- ½cup cilantro leaves and tender stems
Step 1Prepare a grill for medium-high, direct heat; clean the grates well, then brush them with vegetable oil. Alternatively, heat a grill pan on medium-high and brush the pan with oil.
Step 2Arrange the chicken on a sheet tray and generously season both sides with salt. Whisk together the agave syrup, orange juice, orange zest, chipotles, adobo, garlic, olive oil and Tajín in a medium bowl.
Step 3Brush both sides of the chicken with the Tajín sauce. Grill the chicken, turning and basting often with the Tajín sauce, until cooked through, charred but brick red and glazed, 7 to 9 minutes. Grill the scallions, turning occasionally, until lightly charred on all sides, about 5 minutes.
Step 4Serve the chicken with the grilled scallions, topped with cilantro.