I know I don't usually share recipes on here (maybe never have, in fact), but since we've had this one twice now and both really enjoy it, I thought this time I would.
It's from a recipe card I picked up at Sainsbury's (our local supermarket). I got it because it looked like something both Mark and I could eat - which is always what I'm on the hunt for since I often cook separate meals for us. Any time I can cook something the same (that we will both like) I'm always extremely thankful.
Here's exactly what the card says (except for the parenthesis, those are my US translations):
Butterfly Chicken with dry rub
Why not try....slicing 4 chicken breasts horizontally, but not all the way through, then setting aside. In a bowl combine 1 Tbsp Paprika, 1 Tbsp Rosemary, 1 Tbsp Thyme, 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin, 1 Tbsp Ground Coriander (Cilantro), 2 crushed garlic cloves and the zest and juice of 2 limes. Rub the mixture onto the chicken breasts and allow to marinade for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before cooking on the BBQ (grill) or under the grill (broiler).
My adjustments: I haven't used the paprika just because with my allergies I generally stay away from that one, and I haven't used as much Rosemary because it isn't my favorite herb. But, I absolutely love the garlic, thyme and cumin with the lime juice (I've never included the zest because I never saw that part until typing it out!). And this last time I used fresh coriander since I had it.
The best part of this whole story is that when I served it to Mark on Thursday night he said, "Chicken breasts? What did I do to deserve chicken breasts?!" You'd think I'd served the guy a grilled, juicy fatty steak with his favorite sides! We rarely eat just chicken breasts because it is cheaper to use them in something else, or to use whole chickens or parts of chickens with bones, but very rarely (so much so Mark made that comment!) we'll splurge. If you are on a tight budget and going to splurge, this is a good recipe to splurge with.
I like to cut the chicken up and put it on a salad. Or, make guacamole and put it with the chicken on large romaine or cos lettuce leaves (that's my "wrap" since I can't have the flour ones).
Hope you can enjoy this recipe too! Let me know if you try it and like it.