Mr. Food: Mojito Chicken

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Want to cause a fiesta of excitement at the grill? Well, the legendary Cuban rum and mint cocktail known as the mojito, which was a favorite of the likes of Ernest Hemingway, can be the flavorful marinade for a chicken dish.

How? Using any brands at all, in a large resealable plastic bag, we combine 3/4 cup fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup rum, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, 1/3 cup minced fresh mint leaves, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt.

Give it a good mix then add 6 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves. Put it in the fridge for about 4 hours to let the flavors marry and turn them once in a while.

We remove the chicken from the bag, discard the marinade, and after about 10 to 12 minutes on a medium-heat grill – you know, till the chicken is no longer pink – done! Let the fiesta begin! And sure, if we want to add even more of a flavorful kick, we can give the chicken a last-minute splash of lime juice, or we can even grill some wedged limes or pineapple slices to serve as a garnish.

And when we put this on their plates…wow!

If you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, marked “Mojito Chicken,” to me, Mr. Food, back at the station, or look for it online for turning our backyard grill-fest into a fiesta! And when they ask us how we did that, maybe we'll tell them – and maybe we'll want to keep the secret to ourselves! "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"