Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cilantro Lime Chicken

This one had me drooling as soon as I thought about it.  Yum!

Easiest thing in the world...just chop up some cilantro, zest a lime, mince up some garlic, throw it in a zip lock bag with 2 chicken breasts, olive oil, and salt and pepper, let it marinade, and presto!  So easy.

Well, don't forget to cook it, either.

Here are the easy steps for this yummy recipe!

♥  2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, trimmed of any fat

♥  2 tbsp olive oil (divided)

♥  Zest and juice of 1 lime (reserve the juice for the last 15 minutes of marinating)

♥  1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

♥  Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

♥  1 clove of garlic, minced

I poked the chicken breasts with a fork before putting it in the marinade so that it would really soak up the flavor.  It worked really well.  Mix all the ingredients for the marinade together, throw it in the ziplock bag, press all of the air out of the bag so that the juice surrounds the chicken, and let it marinade for 4-6 hours.

Take it out of the fridge, add the lime juice ot the bag, and let it sit on the counter for about 15 minutes.

Heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add chicken breasts and cook for 4 minutes then flip. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove from heat and let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

I served it with Mexican rice, chips, and salsa.  Jesse said it was a winner, and that's all I need :-)