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Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

I am back from a long and exciting weekend in our motor home touring the Oregon Coast.  We had a fun filled time exploring a Wildlife Safari in Winston followed by a dune buggy adventure, swimming and fishing, camp fires, and s’mores in Florence, and a visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and a beautiful hike to the beach in Newport.  It was a wonderful way to end our summer and a great way to spend some quality time together before the busy school year starts.  On with the recipe…

I made this chicken for dinner and it was a huge success… we all loved it.  I adapted the recipe from MyRecipes by marinating the chicken for 3 hours instead of 3 minutes but otherwise kept it pretty much the same.  The chicken had great flavor and it was fantastic topped with the avocado salsa.  I have a feeling chopping it all up (chicken included) and serving it in tortillas would be fantastic too!  I served this chicken with a Southwestern Rice and a Mexican Zucchini (both recipes to come) for a delicious and healthy dinner.

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Combine the cilantro, lime juice & zest, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a large zip lock bag and mix well.  Add the chicken and seal; place into the refrigerator and marinate for 3 hours.

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 15 minutes prior to cooking.  Heat a grill pan that has been coated with cooking spray over medium heat.  Season both sides of the chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then place into the hot grill pan.  Cook the chicken for 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through and the juices run clear.  Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before serving.

While the chicken is cooking combine the avocado, tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Gently mix until well combined.  Spoon the salsa over the chicken and serve.  Enjoy.

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

 

 

 

 

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

 

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 12 min.

Total Time: 22 min. (plus 3 hours marinating)

Ingredients:

Chicken Marinade:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
2 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
Zest from 1 lime
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Avocado Salsa:

1-2 avocados, diced
1 cup of chopped tomato
2 tbsp red onion, diced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of one lime
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Combine the cilantro, lime juice & zest, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a large zip lock bag and mix well. Add the chicken and seal; place into the refrigerator and marinate for 3 hours.

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 15 minutes prior to cooking. Heat a grill pan that has been coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Season both sides of the chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then place into the hot grill pan. Cook the chicken for 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through and the juices run clear. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before serving.

While the chicken is cooking combine the avocado, tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Gently mix until well combined. Spoon the salsa over the chicken and serve. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by MyRecipes

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 2 -4

Ingredients

  • Chicken Marinade:
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Avocado Salsa:
  • 1-2 avocados diced
  • 1 cup of chopped tomato
  • 2 tbsp red onion diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine the cilantro, lime juice & zest, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a large zip lock bag and mix well. Add the chicken and seal; place into the refrigerator and marinate for 3 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 15 minutes prior to cooking. Heat a grill pan that has been coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Season both sides of the chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then place into the hot grill pan. Cook the chicken for 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through and the juices run clear. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • While the chicken is cooking combine the avocado, tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Gently mix until well combined. Spoon the salsa over the chicken and serve. Enjoy.
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31 Comments

  1. Looks like you guys had such an awesome weekend! As for this chicken dish, I am absolutely in love. It’s so great that you marinated the chicken for a bit longer, and that avocado salsa looks divine!

  2. AMazing combination of flavours and the result looks so yummy. I love to use cilantro in cooking.
    Cheers and hope you had a fantastic weekend. Congratulations

  3. Hi Pam,
    Amazing looking dish and the combination of flavours is spectacular and so refreshing!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

  4. simply delicious meal,I love that avocado salsa sound perfect with the cilantro lime chicken.

  5. Kim in MD says:

    Oregon sounds like a great place to visit! The chicken looks yummy, and I love the addition of the avocado salsa. I can’t wait to see the recipes that you paired with this chicken!

  6. Glad to hear you had such a great time! And of course, welcome back!!!
    The chicken looks AMAZING! And the salsa looks even more scrumptious!!

  7. I’m so glad to hear you had a fun trip! This dish sounds so delicious and fresh flavored! I’d be putting that salsa all over everything.

  8. This sounds excellent! My family would love all of these flavors. Glad to hear that your weekend was so much fun!

  9. Marinating chicken for longer than specified always seems to help it. This looks like a good welcome home meal. Now comes the bummer of getting back into the school frame of mind; the summer really flew by!

  10. This is a great dish that is healthy and looks yummy. I will be trying it soon.
    Erin – ekcantcook.blogspot.com

  11. This has been one of our favorite meals for a while now, its really great! I bet marinating it for the longer time would make the chicken even better! Great job! 🙂

  12. Pam,
    I am not big on avocado, but this looks good. Will definitely try it soon.

    Does the lime juice in the marinade ‘pre-cook’ the chicken as it marinades?
    Just wondering.
    Thanks again.

    1. It didn’t precook my chicken breast but if you were using shrimp or small pieces of meat it would definitely start the cooking process.

  13. cilantro, lime, and avocado are one of my holy trinities. i guess maybe i have a thing for green. 🙂

  14. So glad that I just now saw this. Or it would have ruined the post that I did on the 29th two days later with a similar recipe and similar pose with the steak I did. Great minds think alike! (Or I had esp and picked your brains lol)

  15. I tried this during the weekend and my boyfriend loves it! thank you for the simple and delicious recipe

  16. I don’t have a grill pan- Do you think this would work in the oven??

    1. Chelsea,

      A regular skillet/pan would work just fine or I am sure baking it in the oven would be good as well.

      Cheers,
      Pam