Fresh and refreshing foods get me in the mood for summer time! I found this recipe on Pinterest and the colors caught my eye and I was sold. It looks lengthy, but give it a chance. It really doesn’t take that long to cook or prep! A hint- use a food chopper to speed up the process. The link is here: Cilantro Lime Chicken.
Ingredients for Marinade:
- 1 1/2 pounds of chicken (I used 3 large boneless breasts)
- 3/4 cup of orange juice (I honestly used Tropicana and it was fine!)
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 1/3 cup of lime juice
- 1 teaspoon of lime zest
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
- 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
Once you have the marinade prepped, keep 1/2 cup separated for basting. Prep your chicken by beating it using a mallet or cutting it in half to have a consistent thickness so it cooks evenly and trim the fat off. You can add the marinade and chicken to the bag/container and seal. It needs to marinate for at least 30 mins (I marinated it for about 2 hours). Flip it half way!
Ingredients for Mango Salsa:
- 1 tablespoon of orange juice
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of lime zest
- 1/4 cup of cilantro
- 1 ripe mango
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup of red onion
- 1/4 cup of red pepper
- 1 tablespoon of jalapeno (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup of cumin
To make the mango salsa, mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and toss. Cilantro, red onion, red pepper, and jalapeno needs to be finely diced. The mango and avocado needs to be cut into cube-like pieces that are bite-size.
You can place the salsa in the fridge to chill while you cook the chicken. We decided to grill it (baked or sauteed is fine too). I cooked it with regular white rice (a cilantro lime rice is optional in the link). Once the chicken and rice are done cooking, you can slice your chicken up and lay a bed of rice beside it and add the mango salsa on top of the rice. It is so yummy and so refreshing to eat! I ate some of the salsa with chips afterwards!
For lunch today I chopped the chicken into small bite-size pieces and heated it up over the rice. I added the salsa (cold) on top and mixed it all together and it tasted just as good! If you have any questions or suggestions leave a comment below!
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The link is here: Cilantro Lime Chicken