Spicy Southwest Chicken

This Spicy Southwest Chicken is marinated in spicy seasonings, grilled, and topped with cheese and tomatoes. This is my best friend’s recipe that she requests for Mother’s day and her birthday.Spicy Southwest Chicken - marinated in spicy seasonings, grilled, and topped with cheese and tomatoes. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

We’ve been visiting family and friends this week back West which is why I haven’t been posting. Life comes first.

We just flew in from Colorado and now we’re in Arizona battling the inferno level temperatures.

Currently it’s midnight and a storm just rolled in. My Arizona peeps will appreciate this but one of my favorite smells in the whole world is an Arizona rainstorm.

It’s a mix of the rain, dust, and hot concrete being cooled by the rain. The smell immediately transports me back to my childhood when rainstorms were a rare enough that they were memorable.

Spicy Southwest Chicken - marinated in spicy seasonings, grilled, and topped with cheese and tomatoes. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

The scorpions though, those I can do without. My kids are terrified of them stinging them in their sleep. I can’t blame them because I was stung in my bed when I was little.

I always have an identity crisis when I come back to Arizona. Did I really live here? Was that this lifetime? It feels like so long ago.

Spicy Southwest Chicken - marinated in spicy seasonings, grilled, and topped with cheese and tomatoes. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Now to the chicken. I asked my best friend what her hubby made her for Mother’s Day and she told me he makes this Spicy Southwest Chicken every year.

Every year. My BFF has been holding out on me for as long as I’ve known her. This is actually what she and her siblings requested growing up for all of their birthdays.

I feel like we need to have a DTR. If you love me at all, you will give me all of your good recipes.

Keep in mind she doesn’t love beef, pork, or seafood so chicken is her thannnng. Hope you love it!

 

Spicy Southwest Chicken - marinated in spicy seasonings, grilled, and topped with cheese and tomatoes. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
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Spicy Southwest Chicken
Prep Time
6 hr
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
6 hr 10 mins
 

A spicy grilled chicken marinated with seasonings and topped with cheese and tomatoes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 Tablespoons vinegar (red wine, apple or white)
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • diced tomatoes
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, add the chicken and the next nine ingredients (all the seasonings, etc.). Marinate in the fridge for four hours. I have marinated it for less time but the longer you marinate the more the flavor is infused.

  2. Preheat grill to medium heat and oil the grate. Grill chicken 4-5 minutes per side or until chicken is no longer pink. Top with shredded cheese and diced tomatoes. You can either do this on the grill by laying some foil on the grill, transferring the chicken to the foil, and topping with cheese and tomatoes. Close the grill lid to let the cheese melt for a couple of minutes. You can also just remove the grilled chicken and top with cheese and tomatoes. You could pop it in the microwave, broil in the oven, or just let the heat of the chicken melt it. Garnish with additonal cilantro if desired.


Recipe Notes

I really prefer my chicken breasts thin. I buy chicken from Costco and slice them lengthwise into two thinner breasts.

 

Spicy Southwest Chicken - marinated in spicy seasonings, grilled, and topped with cheese and tomatoes. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

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  1. This chicken looks amazing! I need to make it next week!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  2. I’m an Arizona native, still live here and love it. Best state ever.. J just signed up for your email. I’m looking forward to trying your recipes. Have already purchased a couple of items to make this Spicy Chicken. will be doing this week-end. Looks delicious.
    Have a wonderful vacation …

  3. This chicken recipe looks delicious, I love all foods Southwest! We were recently out to Tucson, AZ and had an excellent time at Old Tucson Studios watching the shows and eating the BBQ! If you find a Brushfire BBQ restaurant while you’ re out there, please give it a try! It’s amazing and so is their ice cream next door! We love visiting Arizona, California, Utah, and Colorado on our road trips! I hope you have a wonderful vacation! Wish I was there😘

  4. Shawnna Griffin says:

    hey girl- this looks amazing!

  5. So true, what is it with these “friends” who never tell you their best recipes 🙂 This looks good!

  6. I’m sure it feels really good, although I’ve never tried it …

  7. mmm… so..delicious…

  8. Very evocative appetite once, it seems so want to eat the chicken

  9. What a great recipe! Made for lunch today – so good! Only thing I changed was to use pico de gallo instead of just tomatoes. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Give me allll of this! Looks so bold and juicy and flavorful! This is definitely one the whol family would love.