As I mentioned in my last post, we had a little heatwave in the midwest last week that meant breaking out the grill and making sure it still worked. And, being a sucker for savory recipes that include an unusual flavor, such as vanilla, I had been waiting most of the winter to cook this spicy vanilla chicken. I found the recipe as I was sorting through an old bunch of recipes I printed off, so unfortunately, I’m unsure where to attribute it. However, if you are looking for a recipe that has a little bit of a different (but delicious) flavor, you should consider trying this one.
Spicy Vanilla Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1 c mango or pineapple salsa (such as Newman’s Own pineapple salsa)
1 TBS vanilla extract
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
Preheat grill or broiler. Coat chicken with cooking spray and season with lemon pepper. Coat rack of grill or broiler with spray. Cook chicken 2 to 3 inches from heat source, about 4 minutes per side.
Combine salsa, vanilla and hot sauce while chicken cooks. Place half the mixture on the chicken and grill 2 minutes longer. Serve with remaining salsa mixture.