John McCain Chicken Queso Burger
Recipe courtesy the M Street Bar & Grill, Washington, DC. for Food Network Magazine
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 orange
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon adobo all-purpose seasoning
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 6 -ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 3/4 cup fresh tomato salsa, plus more for serving
- 6 slices pepper jack cheese (about 8 ounces)
- 6 challah rolls or other soft rolls, halved
- 1 Hass avocado, sliced
Finely grate the zest of the lemon, lime and orange into a medium bowl. Squeeze in the juice of each fruit. Add the chili powder, adobo seasoning and olive oil; whisk to combine. Add the chicken and coat well with the marinade; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Grill the chicken breasts until cooked through, about 8 minutes per side, turning once. Move the chicken to the cooler side of the grill (or reduce the heat on the stove) and top each piece with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 slice cheese. Cover and cook until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes. Place a chicken breast on each roll bottom; add a few slices of avocado and cover with the roll top. Serve with more salsa, if desired.
Photograph by Tina Rupp
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