Oh, those persuasive Caribbean rhythms.
As the lyrics from Copacabana play in my head, I can’t help but dance to the music when making this dish!
“The more I resist, the more they insist
Can’t stop the congas, timbales the bongos,
The claves and Ay! Ay! Ay! Ay! Caramba!”
Although our world and Lac du Nibiinaabe is just a tad north of the Caribbean Islands, our local Applebee’s restaurant is only a few miles in either direction from here. One of my favorite dishes to eat at the restaurant before I was diagnosed with celiac disease was their Fiesta Lime Chicken. Thus, my inspiration re-creating a gluten-free version of the Applebee’s favorite enjoyed by many.
This recipe is one of those dishes that is so… good that just thinking about it makes my mouth start to salivate. And, I can’t think about it without the Broadway Hits version of Ay! Caramba! performed by the Manhattan Singers of Copacabana playing through my head. To watch me in the kitchen during the onset of preparing my version of Ay! Caramba! Lime Chicken, aka Fiesta Lime Chicken I’m sure you’d swear I was possessed.
I’m sure you’d giggle. My family does.
Just like the song…
“I hear the rumba (you hear the rumba?)
and then the mambo (you want to mambo?)
wait, I think you should know Latin drums make me go
They shake maracas (I shake maracas)
I go bananas (you like bananas?)
We start having fun but before it’s all done
Okay, I’m all done embarrassing myself. Enough is enough. Let’s get to the recipe.
Ay! Caramba! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)
Just one more time.
Ay! Caramba! (Ermmm… Yep, I’m really done now.)
Here you go.
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A TIDBIT OR TWO ABOUT KYMBERLEY:
HEY! I’M SO HAPPY TO MEET YOU!
I’m Kymberley: former nonprofit director, now full-time blogger. My husband Mark, and I share our rural home in the heart of Central Wisconsin in an area known as “The Holyland.” We love visiting cool places across America, learning about the food, the people, culture, and the local history. Our favorite things are eating great food, dark chocolate, weekend coffee, lazy summer days, all sorts of music, and time with our grandchildren.
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