Cilantro-Lime Chicken Marinade

We love this marinade! It's bursting with flavor and even my husband agrees--it's one 
of his favorites (and he's hard to please.) I've combined many of my favorite fresh ingredients to 
get this wonderfully intense, flavorful marinade. 
Try this chicken paired with rice and vegetables, a fresh green salad, or with candied 
sweet potatoes (I know, weird huh?--but honestly, one of my favorite mixes), or even in tacos.
I can guarantee, you will love this marinade :) 

1 jalapeño, finely diced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely minced (about 1 cup whole)
2 tablespoons shallot, finely diced (if you don't have a shallot, a yellow or red onion will work)
2 large cloves garlic, finely diced

1/4 cup oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
pinch cayenne pepper (1/4 teaspoon if you like a little heat)
1/4 teaspoon dried cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

2 to 4 large chicken breasts

Start by finely dicing the cilantro, shallot, garlic and jalapeño and place in a small bowl. (Remove seeds from jalapeño, unless you want it really spicy!) To the bowl add oil, red wine vinegar, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and lime juice. Mix together well. Add chicken and let marinate for 30 minutes. Preheat grill to medium heat. (Sometimes I'll grill it on medium low if it gets too hot.) Grill chicken for about 15 - 20 minutes (about 8 - 10 minutes on each side.) Remove from grill, cover and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

Slice and serve.