Grilled Spicy Lime Chicken with Black Bean and Avocado Salad
The sauce in this recipe works double-duty as marinade and dressing.
Why This Recipe Works
The complex flavors of Latin cooking—smoky chiles, pungent cumin, and aromatic cilantro, for example—are a natural match for grilled chicken. When developing our Grilled Spicy Lime Chicken with Black Bean and Avocado Salad recipe, we wanted to make one spicy, lime-juice flavored vinaigrette that could serve both as a marinade for the chicken and a base for a quick salad. Our very acidic vinaigrette—1/3 cup lime juice to 1/4 cup olive oil—quickly flavored the chicken and cut through the starchiness of a bean-based salad. In the time that it took for the grill to heat, the vinaigrette flavored the chicken. Adding a little more of the vinaigrette to the cooked chicken reinforced and brightened the flavor.