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Make-Ahead Marinated Lime Chicken

by Deborah Taylor-Hough

This recipe is great to prepare ahead of time and stick in the freezer for an easy meal on a busy day.  The chicken marinades during the freezing and thawing process.  Just remember to move it from the freezer to the refrigerator earlier enough before baking (about 24 hours), so it'll be completely thawed.

You can also use this recipe to marinade chicken before barbequing.  


6 servings

6 chicken breast portions (about 8-oz. each)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 limes (or 4 tablespoons bottled lime juice)
4 teaspoons white wine vinegar
9 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons basil


Squeeze limes into a medium sized bowl.  Stir in vinegar, olive oil, basil, salt and pepper.  Place chicken breast portions into labeled freezer bag.  Pour lime sauce over top.  Seal and freeze.


Thaw completely.  Pour marinade into small saucepan. Heat to boiling.  Place chicken pieces into shallow oven- proof dish.  Pour boiled marinade over chicken.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 - 40 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked through.  Serve hot, sprinkled with fresh basil sprigs if available.  

This recipe was excerpted and adapted from 'Frozen Assets Lite & Easy' by Deborah Taylor-Hough.  Debi is also the author of the new book, 'Frugal Living For Dummies(r)' (Wiley Publishing).  For more helpful money- stretching and time-saving ideas, subscribe to Debi's free e-zine, Simple Times, at:


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