Cilantro Lime Chicken

Diva Entertains Chicken with Cilantro Sauce

This easy yet delicious recipe is a cinch to make.  You reserve part of the chicken marinade for the sauce,  add cilantro and then puree it in a blender.  The sauce is so visually rich – your plate  looks amazing! (Tastes that way too!)

Lime Cilantro Chicken (adapted from a,  June 2010)

Serves 4

  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. minced jalapeno pepper*
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1.5 Tbsp. sugar
  • up to 12 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4″ – 1/3″ thickness
  • 1/2 cup cilantro

  1. Combine oil, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, jalapeno pepper and salt in a medium bowl.  Transfer 1 cup of this mixture to a ziplock bag and add the sugar; seal bag and turn a few times to mix.  Reserve the remaining lime juice mixture (about 2/3 cups).  Add chicken breasts to the ziplock, turn to coat chicken.  Refrigerate chicken and reserved marinade, separately, overnight.  Occasionally turn the ziplock bag with the chicken the next day.
  2. Brush grill with oil or coat with nonstick grilling spray.  Heat outdoor grill or indoor pan (that’s what I used) over medium-high heat.
  3. Put reserved lime juice mixture and cilantro in blender.  Blend until smooth.
  4. Remove chicken breasts from bag (discard liquid in bag).  Grill chicken 2-4 minutes per side (if pounded thin), turning once, until nicely browned and grilled through.  Remove from grill.
  5. Serve hot or at room temperature.  Serve with the sauce drizzled on each breast.

*If spicy isn’t your thing you can leave this ingredient out.

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