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Honey, chocolate, chili, and…lime? That’s right – and it tastes delicious. The zingy citrus-herb butter perfectly brings out the warmer, savory flavors in the chicken rub, proving once again that cocoa powder is a completely legitimate ingredient in things that aren’t candy. If you remember loving chocolate but even the dark kind is too sweet these days, a savory cocoa powder recipe like this might be just the thing.


3½ to 4 lb. bone-in chicken parts;
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder;
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon;
  • 1 tbsp. honey; (optional)
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder;
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil;
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

Ingredients for the lime butter

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro;
  • ½ cup ghee, melted;
  • 1 serrano chile, minced;
  • 2 tbsp. shallots, minced;
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice;
  • Freshly ground black pepper;


  1. Preheat your grill to a medium-high heat.
  2. In a bowl, combine the chili powder, ground cinnamon, cocoa powder, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, if using, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix until well blended.
  3. Brush the chicken pieces with the sauce.
  4. Place the chicken on grill and cook for about 30 min (or until the chicken is cooked; the exact time will vary depending on what chicken parts you’re using).
  5. Combine all the ingredients for the lime butter in a bowl .
  6. Drizzle the lime butter over the chicken before serving.

Soure:  Paleo Leap

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