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Grilled Tex Mex Chicken

Here is a simple, Tex Mex inspired recipe that does well with all cuts of chicken and can be cooked on the outdoor grill or in the oven. The fiesta dry spice mix fully seals the chicken pieces resulting in the juiciest chicken.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min


4 chicken breasts, skin-on, bone-in
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice, fresh squeezed
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin, ground
1 tsp oregano, dry
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cloves, ground
¼ tsp red hot chili pepper flakes
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
2 tbsp brown sugar, packed
1 lime, cut in eight wedges

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Add the chicken to a large bowl or plastic re-sealable bag. Drizzle oil and fresh squeezed lime juice over chicken. Close bag and use your fingers to massage liquid to coat all sides.

  2. Combine the spices – chili powder, onion powder, paprika, ground cumin, dry oregano, garlic powder, ground cloves, red hot chili pepper flakes, salt, freshly ground black pepper and brown sugar in a bowl. Add to chicken pieces in the bag and seal. Shake in the bag so spices coat all sides of chicken. Refrigerate for at least an hour and preferably over-night to allow time for the flavours to set.

  3. Preheat grill to medium heat. Grill the chicken, starting bone side up, turning once, until fully cooked and browned – about 20 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 165°F (74°C). To prevent burning and ensure even cooking it is best to grill chicken on top shelf of the barbecue with lid down. Check periodically to make sure you don’t have flare-ups.

  4. Cut fresh lime into wedges and serve with chicken so diners can squeeze fresh lime juice over.

Helpful Tip

The recipes makes four portions but if you are alone, or cooking for two, remember extra portions freeze well and can be used for future meals.

If you need a gluten free version make sure the chili powder and all ingredients are gluten free.

Nutrition Info

Per 230 g serving Amount
Protein47 g
Fat8 g
Saturated Fat1.5 g
Carbohydrate13 g
Fibre3 g
Sugar8 g
Cholesterol115 mg
Sodium450 mg
Per 230 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A35
Vitamin C20
Vitamin B673
Vitamin B1238