Friday, July 25, 2008

Cilantro Honey-Lime Grilled Chicken

While I'm partial to just about any Mexican food, thanks to my savory Southern California upbringing, I'm especially drawn toward any Mexican dishes that include grilled meat. Just catching the scent of a smoky barbacoa can send me headlong into wishing I'd stayed in the overcrowded land of taco shacks. Those cravings are especially powerful on Friday nights, so I fulfill my own Mexican mania with my Cilantro Honey Lime Grilled Chicken .
Thankfully, it doesn't take long to make and I've almost always got everything on hand. Its crowning virtue is versatility. You can shred up this chicken and stuff it into tacos, bathed in salsa and slathered with guacamole. Or you can rev up your chicken enchiladas with a little flavor from the grill. But it's also toothsome as is, plain, with a little heap of red Spanish rice on the side. Grill a few extra pieces to slice and scatter over some greens tomorrow with some Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing-one of my most requested recipes ever. I'll post that recipe tomorrow, so come on back. Hasta Luego.
Cilantro Honey Lime Grilled Chicken
Estimated Cost: $4.00
Notes: Saving a little marinade on the side to drizzle on the chicken gives it an extra pop of flavor.
1 lb. boneless, skinless chickens
1/3 cup lime juice plus 1 teaspoon lime zest
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves minced garlic, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 chopped jalapeno or serrano pepper, optional
1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup chopped cilantro, leaves and tender stems
Rinse chicken and pat dry. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, zest, olive oil, garlic, jalapeno, salt and pepper and honey. Set aside two tablespoons of mixture. Pour remaining mixture into zip top bag. Add chicken and cilantro and squish bag to coat. Marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours. Grill (or broil) chicken over medium high heat, about four minutes per side. Let rest for five minutes. Drizzle with reserved marinade and serve.
Coming Tomorrow:
Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing

33 comments:

taffi said...

Oh holy yummy. I was going to fix sesame chicken tonight, but I just changed my mind!

(PS - I'd love your SIL's bi bim bop recipe. I can't get my MIL to tell me any of her recipes - and she makes a killer mondu.)

Lore said...

Now this is what I call perfection! Can I come over? :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Gotta love anything with cilantro!

gigi said...

You had me at "Honey-Lime-Grilled!!"
But the Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing sounds like I might need to just drink it!
Better days are coming and I'm excited to go back to cooking after a 10 day break. Since he's been in the hopital the only thing I've cooked is scrambled eggs. Yea! he comes home today!!

Sharon said...

Cilantro is my other love. I'm definitely bookmarking this one!

Jenny said...

Great chicken recipe! I think I'll be grilling chicken this weekend!

Catherine said...

This looks so quick and easy and most importantly delicious! I can't wait for tommorow's creamy tomatillo dressing, it's a defininte favorite at our house!

Maria said...

Looks good and a perfect summer recipe! We love cilantro!!

Gloria said...

Prudence really this look fantastic!!! I love cilantro too we sometimes used to sea food and is sooo yummy!!! nice recipe, By friend I go to Marie site for a while Im a little tired! besos, Gloria

MK & Co. said...

Dearest Prudy,
This looks so good. I was going to make your spiced rubbed chicken tonight(this one has made it on my weekly menu) but I saw this one and I was sold. Thanks for making chicken exciting.

Emiline said...

Oh, gosh! I LOVE Mexican food. I don't know when it happened, but I'm addicted. It's pretty much all I want to eat now. I've been wanting to make some tamales.

Whenever I come here, I always think of that song, Dear Prudence, by the Beatles. Just thought I'd share. :)

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

We love Mexican at our house (we live in San Antonio) In fact, were having Mexican tonight! So this looks like a recipe we'll have to try sometime! Love the lime:)
Looking forward to the recipe tomorrow............

Hannah

1freshstart said...

I guess I can't be too jealous of your dinner, I am, after all, making your Salsa Verde burgers tonight. I'll let you know all about them later. The stock market has been up since Wednesday and my life is CRAZY right. Ahh, margarita, burger... Friday is such a nice day.

Dawn said...

What a fantastic combo. And then to grill it? Perfect. I love your recipes and your website.
I am another foodie that will be bookmarking this recipe for later use. Thanks for sharing.

The Farmer's Wife said...

Looks amazing and something we would love at our house. Thanks for stopping by The Farmer's Wife..hope you come back again...I love your blog and will be back soon!

Debinhawaii said...

Yummy--I so love cilantro and lime and the honey sounds delicious too. Can't wait to see the salad dressing recipe.

Mary Ann said...

Looks great and combines some of my favorite flavors! I am still waiting for my oven to be fixed so I can make the rhubarb struesel coffee cake! I am going crazy here! p.s. do you mind if I print the recipe on my blog and link back to you? no prob if not, just thought I would ask.

nicole said...

I love a good grilled chicken recipe. Thanks!
www.testkitchenrecipes.blogspot.com

Jaime said...

i love cilantro (like i said in my last comment) but i love lime too! this chicken looks so good!

Noor said...

I can not wait to get back into my own kicthen so that I can make this recipe. I love lime and cilantro, very Spanish YUM.

I am so glad that I came across your blog, its amazing. Check mine out when you have time and I can not wait to see what you post next.

RitterB's said...

Prudy,
I feel I must "Thank You" for our wonderful Sunday dinner. This chicken recipe is Divine! You are a ROCK STAR in our home! Not living close to a Cafe Rio has been hard for me! Each time I come home we have to take time to eat there and Pace's (it's something about the fry sauce!) Now, having one of the two at my fingertips makes living in Missouri bearable!

landa said...

I made this and it was delicious! Thanks!

Ali said...

I made this tonight with the rice and beans and the salsa! It was all SOO yummy! Thanks for the fabulous recipes!

MadMirth said...

Found this recipe searching for cilantro grilled chicken - had it tonight, what a great find! I am definately adding this to my cookbook, and bookmarking your site!

Thank you!

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