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Sweet tasty Tico-style chicken

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Published on Friday, August 18, 2023

By Melissa Pette

The widely preferred and adaptable meat option in Costa Rican cuisine is chicken. It provides numerous benefits such as being a low-fat and low-calorie source of lean protein in comparison to other chicken cuts with skin. Check!

This is a great choice to preserve or strengthen muscle mass while monitoring calorie consumption. Double check!

Chicken breast is an incredibly versatile ingredient that can be prepared in various ways by Ticos, from grilling and baking to sautéing and stir-frying. It is commonly used in salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and a wide range of other recipes.

I would like to extend an invitation to join me for dinner tonight. I will be serving succulent chicken breasts that are cooked with a delicious blend of orange, pineapple and honey. I assure you that once you taste it, you won't be able to resist having just one piece.

So, let's go to the kitchen!

The ingredients for four guests are:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower or vegetable oil.
  • 1/2 cup orange juice.
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice.
  • 1/4 cup honey.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest.
  • 1 teaspoon grated pineapple zest (optional).
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste).
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish.

First, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.

In a mixing bowl, combine the orange juice, pineapple juice, honey, minced garlic, orange zest, pineapple zest (if using), soy sauce, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes. Whisk everything together to create the marinade.

Place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag. 

Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure each piece is coated. 

Seal the bag (if using) or cover the dish with plastic wrap. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. You can marinate longer for more flavor, up to 24 hours.

Preheat your grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat. You can also use a regular skillet if you don't have a grill.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and let any excess liquid drip off.

Brush the grill grates with oil to prevent sticking.

Place the chicken breasts on the grill and cook for about 6-7 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C) and the chicken is cooked through. 

Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts.

While grilling, you can brush the chicken with some marinade to enhance the flavor and keep the chicken moist.

Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the grill and let it rest for a couple of minutes.

Serve the sweet with your favorite sides, garnished with chopped fresh parsley.

Optionally, boil the remaining marinade in a small saucepan for a few minutes to thicken it slightly and serve it alongside the chicken.

Enjoy the delicious Tico-style chicken with its flavorful and sweet-savory combination!

Don't forget, the beer should be served ice-cold!

Have a Pura Vida weekend!

Find more tasty step-by-step Costa Rican food recipes on 
the AM Costa Rica Food & Good Eating page. You are invited to share your favorite recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish by emailing food@amcostarica.com

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