This one uses chicken breasts in an overnight brine, and then a generous covering of the spice mix at grill time.

The spicy one was absolutely brilliant, IMO. Not to say that the mild version wasn't awesome, but the balance on the spicy one was perfect. Alas, many people are unable to eat spicy.

The Brine:

2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice (about 5 big oranges)
2 cups fresh squeezed lime juice (this was about 15 limes. It really varies, tho)
4 cups cold water
4 teaspoons dried thyme [a bunch of fresh thyme would've been superior here]
a dozen or so all-spice berries, crushed
A completely unnecessary quarter cup or so of sugar [the oj has plenty of sugar for this].
Garlic. However much you like. The more the merrier. =). Crushed.
1 cup kosher salt

Mix well, make sure the salt is dissolved. Put the chicken and put something heavy on the chicken to make sure it stays submerged.
I brined this one overnight--it went in about 10pm and came out of the brine around 5pm. I didn't flatten the chicken first because it was late, but ordinarily it's easier to pound the breasts flat before you brine. Either way, just make sure they're nice and evenly flat before they hit the grill, that's what really matters.

For the spice mix, I made two versions, one mild, one spicy. They're almost the same.

1 1/2 tsp onion powder (I got non-granulated stuff from Whole foods)
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder (also non-granulated)
2 tsp crushed red pepper Reduce to 1 or even 1/2 tsp for mild
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp cayenne pepper Reduce or Omit for mild
1/2 tsp course ground black pepper
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Mix well and put in a shaker. Since I buy my spices in bulk at whole foods, I have a bunch of empty spice jars sitting around, with shaker tops. There's lots of choices.

Cover one side of the chicken with the spice mix. There's no salt in the mix, so there's very little concern about putting too much on--I heaped it on there and the color is actually very nice for presentation. Place that side down on the grill and repeat with the other side. Grill 3-4 minutes a side on a nice hot grill.
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