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Monday, August 15, 2011

Cilantro Lime Chicken

IMG_9576e1It's Secret Recipe Club time again and for my third month participating Amanda assigned to me another very interesting and recipe filled blog.  This month my assigned blog was Once a Month Mom.  Like a man with a new toy who doesn’t bother to stop and read the directions, I jumped right into the blog looking at recipes but found I was a bit confused as to who was Once a Month Mom as I was seeing different contributors.  I finally pulled myself away from reading recipes and read the “About” page and learned that while Tricia started the blog there are other women who specialize and contribute various menus to meet the dietary needs of their readers.  I had fun searching through all the different menus and checking out recipes by ingredients. 

Like my first month and second month participating I was once again in a quandary as to which of the many wonderful recipes to make but what finally led to my decision was a major grocery shopping faux pas on my part.  The market had limes @13 for $1 so I stocked up as it’s summer and I use lime juice all the time.  I make a lot of Thai food and depending on what I have in the house I’ll often use lime juice in place of lemon juice in my Watermelon Frosty, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca or Melon Agua Fresca so I go through them.  My faux pas wasn’t in buying 13 limes it was when I forgot that I had almost a dozen limes at home and purchased a second baker’s dozen.  I was in lime overload so when I saw a recipe for Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken and realized that not only did it use limes but that I had all the other ingredients in the house, well it was a no-brainer!

Also working in the recipes favor was that it was EASY!  I did make a few changes to the original in adding the zest from the limes along with some additional spices but even with my additions it was super easy.  The recipe was a huge and I mean HUGE hit.  Eammon raved about the chicken and told me that the recipe was a keeper and asked when I would make it again.  Considering that the ingredients are ones that I almost always have in the house, I will definitely be making this chicken again.

So how easy was this recipe?

IMG_9555eI zested my limes right into a zipper bag.

IMG_9557eI added the lime juice, garlic, cilantro and the other marinade ingredients.

IMG_9563eI then added the chicken and my beautiful little Maisie Miao Miao smooshed everything around so that the chicken was completely covered with the marinade.  We let the chicken marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator then baked it and dinner was served.

IMG_9573eCilantro Lime Chicken served with a variety of tomatoes fresh from our garden over arugula with Balsamic Dressing.

Cilantro Lime Chicken (Adapted from here)

3 chicken breast halves with bone and skin
2 TBS olive oil
2 medium limes, zest and juice
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. honey
salt & pepper to taste

In a zipper bag add the olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, cumin, honey, salt & pepper and smoosh to mix.  Add the chicken breasts and mix to coat.  Refrigerate for a few hours to marinate. 

Pre-heat oven to 450F.  Line a baking sheet with foil (because it makes clean-up so much easier) and then spray with cooking spray.  Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it skin side up on the baking sheet.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until the juices run clear.

Easy peasy!

Enjoy!

Also for directions on how to have this as a make ahead meal where you prepare, freeze and then cook the chicken later check out Once A Month Mom.

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64 comments:

  1. I love easy do-ahead recipes like this one. I have several go-to "freezer chicken" recipes similar to this, and I think I'm adding this one to my arsenal! The flavors are wonderful!

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  2. This recipe and picture looks amazing the way you did it. I love your adaptions.

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  3. I love cilantro lime chicken! I have a similar recipe that also uses ginger... delicious!

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  4. Mmm you had me at cilantro lime!! Love this recipe and all its flavors, looks delicious! :)

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  5. What a great recipe! We eat a lot of chicken and I can't wait to try this recipe.

    I love to see kids in the kitchen helping out! Your daughter is beautiful. :)

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  6. That cilantro-lime chicken looks INCREDIBLE! Will have to try it. That said, I can't find any of my recipes in the linky, so I have no idea who was assigned my blog! lol

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  7. Sounds very similar to a dish I make except I add some heat to mine. looks delicious!

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  8. Looks like a fab recipe! Yum! Since I have started eating a little morechicken this would be a great idea! Thanks for your lovely comment as well!

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  9. Thanks for leaving me a comment, your was the only other link I had actually checked out already at that point. And I happen to have cilantro in my fridge that is about to die! It looks great.

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  10. What a delicious refreshing way to serve chicken!

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  11. The flavors in this chicken are the ones I often have cravings for, plus you can never have too much limes so good thing they were at a bargain (twice)! It's a delight to see Maisie grow every time I come here, she's gorgeous, as always :-).

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  12. That looks like delicious chicken, like I seriously want that for dinner.

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  13. Yum! I love how you mixed it all up in a ziploc bag.

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  14. Let's see; three things I love. Chicken, Great Flavors. Easy.

    What's not to love? I'm trying this tonight!

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  15. Mmmh yum! Two of my favourites: chicken and Cilantro! Need to try this!

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  16. Ditto on favorite status for lime and cilantro! Looks droolworthy and will add to my chicken recipes. Great SRC pick!

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  17. Love SRC!! The chicken looks perfectly cooked. I love cilantro lime rice, so I know I'd love the chicken too

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  18. I was assigned Once A Month Mom my first month in the Secret Recipe Club and the recipe I tried was fantastic. I know this will be just as delicious. The flavors sound amazing in this. Always looking for new chicken recipes. I would like to invite you to visit my blog to enter my giveaway. Check it out if you are interested. http://imapretendchef.blogspot.com/2011/08/food-should-taste-good-giveaway.html

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  19. Yum, this chicken looks absolutely delicious - a great dinner!

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  20. 13 limes for a $1?! That's a steal! Now you have me hungry for this delicious chicken too =)

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  21. I love the sound of this chicken dish too! Lime and cilantro is a great combination with chicken.

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  22. Mmm, I'll definitely have to try that soon! Your pictures are fantastic and make it look so appetizing!

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  23. Lisa this look amazing and delicious and your girl is beautiful!! LOL gloria

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  24. That looks great Lisa! I love cilantro chicken. Great take on the SRC!

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  25. I love lime with chicken. Thanks for such an easy recipe.

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous Lisa...but your Miao Miao is a little more so! What a wonderful take on chicken. I love make ahead dishes and this one looks great! Your pictures are mouthwatering too!

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  27. Lisa, this is a nice chicken dish. Great choice. I love the caramelized char on the pieces. Sounds like a great recipe!

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  28. Oooh, yummy. I'll add this one to my list to try.

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  29. This sounds like a great marinade. It just screams summer!

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  30. This looks really easy and nice - just wish hubby was more into cilantro (as in, he's not into it at all!)

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  31. Looks absolutely delicious and it's not too difficult to prepare.

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  32. Looks delicious! Love how fresh the ingredients are.

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  33. Yum! Tricia has such great recipes, and I love the way you portrayed this one!

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  34. This is bookmarked and I love that it's so easy!
    We LOVE lime with our chicken.
    Lisa, thanks for leaving your wonderful comments on my blog. I appreciate it!

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  35. I also found a great sale on limes and have several. This looks like a great recipe.

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  36. This chicken looks great. Your little girl is so cute! Fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.

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  37. That chicken looks SO good! I'm loving the SRC, so many fun recipes and blogs to discover :)

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  38. All of my favorite flavs in one recipe, seriously

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  39. Great selection! I love easy recipes like this...when you have most of the ingredients in your fridge and pantry. Maisie is such a great helper :)

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  40. I love the burned look! And the crunch! I thought for sure it was grilled. I was really surprised you did all that in the oven.

    Awesome combination of ingredients.

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  41. Wow, that is some sticky, finger-lickin', mouthwatering chicken right there. YUM! Fantasic :D

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  42. This sounds so delicious! You just can't beat that combination of cilantro and lime, can you?

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  43. Ths looks delish!!! Please come share this recipe at my Recipe Swap at http://homeandpantry.blogspot.com/2011/08/healthy-salmon-cakes-with-greek-salad.html

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  44. Wow, this recipe looks delicious!!! I love the combination of flavors!

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  45. I love cilantro and would try out the flavors in my veggie preparation!

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  46. This is so my type of recipe. When limes are in season I juice them and freeze small blocks for use when winter has gone (and to use in drinks!) Have a super day :)

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  47. That chicken looks amazing. I adore the flavor combination.

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  48. I love this combination, and the recipe looks really easy! Great choice for SRC...Theresa

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  49. A perfect meal! The cilantro lime chicken rocks and your daughter is lovely! Thanks for the recipe-will definitely make this as I love cilantro and lime with anything.

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  50. Mmm cilantro and lime are two of my favourites! These sound delicious.

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  51. Great choice for SRC - this marinade is right up my alley! I've done that so many times forgetting what I have at home and buying more...I just bought some bell peppers the other day only to find that I already had a couple.

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  52. I had this blog last month in SRC! I love that you picked a chicken recipe, this one looks like it would freeze well. I love cilantro and lime together. How sweet that you cooked with your beautiful little one!

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  53. Yum! I am always looking for new chicken recipe, and the marinade on this one makes it a definite must-try. So nice to be in SRC with you :)

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  54. I totally dig those flavors! Looks like it would be perfect for grilling also.

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  55. OMG - What a terrific recipe. I need to make this. Actually, I think tonight. Just bought chicken yesterday. Love it! The SRC is a such a wonderful way to meet other like minded food bloggers! Have a great week!!!

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  56. This looks delicious...and it looks like a great way to include my daughter in cooking!

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  57. OH I will definitely have to make this soon! Looks easy and wonderful!

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  58. Hi thanks for visiting me!, Love cilantro, can't cook without it, being a vegetarian, the flavours in zip lock bag can be adapted to my veggies :). lovely clicks

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  59. I love coriander! Great recipe and great choice for your SCR post! :-)

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  60. Oh, it sounds and looks delicious!

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  61. Wow...that first picture has me wanting to run out to the store right now...it looks ridiculously delicious. Great choice!

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  62. This looks fab. A local restaurant does an amazing cilantro lime chicken and I've so wanted their recipe. Can't wait to try.

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