Grilled Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken
This is a recipe I put together when I was on the tail end of a cold. I wanted a recipe that would provide big flavor, be healthy, and simple to make. I had some chicken that I needed to use and determined that this would be main ingredient. After determining what else I had available (without going to the store), I decided I would make Gilled Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken.
When I grill boneless chicken breast, I like to start with pieces that are of an equal thickness. Otherwise, you tend to have one half that is way overcooked. My preferred technique is to slice each breast in half lengthwise, placing your knife so that you get two pieces of even thickness. Once I have my pieces, I will use a mallet to pound them so that they will grill consistently.I also find that preparing the chicken this way helps it absorb a lot more of the marinade flavor. After we are looking for moist, flavorful grilled chicken.
So from the title, you can guess that we will be using cilantro and lime in our marinade. But, what else? When grilling, I like to add a little olive oil to marinade to help prevent the chicken from sticking. The lime provides acid to help tenderize the chicken. And the cilantro, well, I just love cilantro. However, we are not going to stop here. Let’s add some red chili pepper flakes and Sriracha sauce for some heat, a little soy to add a pitch of saltiness, honey for a touch of sweet, and some garlic, green onion, and ginger.
Once you have your marinade prepared, you are going to want to toss your chicken pieces in it making sure that they are thoroughly coated. After all, we want the chicken to absorb as much flavor as possible. I will marinade my chicken anywhere from 12 hours to 30 minutes in advance. I find that at least a couple of hours is best. Personally, I don’t like to let it go much longer than 12 hours because I find that the texture starts to change.
I like to grill my chicken outside on the gas grill. You could also do this indoors on a grill pan. Either way, it will be delicious. When you have prepared your chicken following the steps I outlined, it will cook quickly. So, be prepared. As always, when making chicken you want to it to hit the proper internal temperature for safety.
This chicken recipe is quite versatile. It would be great to slice into strips and make tacos, burritos, or fajitas. It is also amazing served on top of a bed of greens. Today, I decided to make some caramelized onions and fried peppers to serve with it. They go great together! Fried onions are not hard to make, but they do take time. Learn more about making caramelized onions at the following link:
I used the grilled cilantro lime marinated chicken, caramelized onions, and fried peppers to make a Southwestern style salad. After assembling them, I drizzled a little chipotle ranch over the each one. Perfect!
Happy Cooking and Eating!