New Year’s resolutions. We all make them and losing weight or eating healthier is often near the top of everyone’s list. We all make them with the noblest of intentions, but by February most of us are staring at a juicy burger or a chocolate dessert. The hustle and bustle of everyday life, missed favorite foods, and a whole host of other factors make it hard to stick with our resolution. But, when you have a collection of easy and healthy recipes in your dinner arsenal, it’s easier to stick with your resolutions and turn them into reality. This recipe is one of my favorite light and healthy main dishes. It cooks quickly is a tasty twist on the typical healthy chicken breast.
Recipe: Marinated Cilantro Chicken with Avocado Salsa
- Difficulty: Easy
- Serves: 4
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
For the chicken
- 2 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
- 2 ½ Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 6 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Cooking spray
For the salsa
- 1 c. chopped plum tomatoes (about 2)
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
- 2 tsp. fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 medium avocado, peeled and diced
- Combine the cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and chicken in a large bowl.
- Toss and let stand for 3-5 minutes while you prepare the ingredients for the salsa.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade.
- Sprinkle chicken evenly on both sides with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray.
- Add the chicken to pan and cook for 6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer inserted into the deepest part of the breast registers 160 degrees.
- Remove the chicken from the pan, tent with foil, and let sit for 5 minutes while you finish the salsa.
- To prepare salsa, combine all of the ingredients except the avocado in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
- Add the avocado and stir gently to combine.
Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks
- While 3-5 minutes doesn’t seem like a long time, the acid in the lime juice is strong enough to quickly penetrate the chicken and infuse it with flavor.
- You can serve the salsa as a topping on the chicken or on the side.
- Sprinkle the cut avocado with lime juice the moment you cut it up to prevent it from turning brown.
- Be careful when you stir the avocado into the salsa or it could get mushy.
- This salsa also goes well with other light proteins like pork and fish.
- If you’d like a little heat in your salsa, stir in a tablespoon or so of diced fresh jalapeno.
- For a fruitier salsa, stir in a small can of drained pineapple tidbits.
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