Everything Cilantro Lime
Updated: Oct 2, 2020
Cilantro is by far one of my favorite herbs. This recipe is ridiculously delicious and HEALTHY- AMAZING and you are going to lick your fingers (totally inappropriate )however delicious.
So zesty and alway comes out juicy and tender. I served the chicken with another super easy recipe, Cilantro lime rice. You might think that there is too much cilantro but not really. There is never too much cilantro. The sauce is my go to sauce, simple and its always in my refrigerator, so refreshing and light it brightens any dish. I called the one million dollar sauce!
Cilantro Lime Chicken
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/3 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
1 lime zest
5 cloves of peeled and chopped garlic
1 tablespoon of chipotle paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon of honey
1teaspoon of red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken and all the ingredients for the marinate. Make sure you combine all the ingredients in the bag.
Marinate for at least 30 mins in the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven at 420 degrees.
After at least 30 minutes remove the chicken from the ziplock bag and take some of the excess marinade.
In a medium pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and seared the chicken thighs on both sides for at least 3 min on each side.
The place the chicken in the oven and cook for 10 more cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Serve immediately with the cilantro lime rice.
2 cups of the rice of your preference ( I used Jasmine rice for the aroma and flavor)
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of cumin
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon of olive oil
zest of one lime
Juice of two limes
2 cups of water
1 cup of fresh chopped cilantro
Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan or rice cooker. Add the rice and stir to coat with the olive oil. Cook, stirring occasionally.
The add the water, salt, garlic powder and cumin
Cover and let it boil for 12 to 15 min.
Fluff the rice with a fork the add the fresh cilantro, zest of the lime and the juice of the lime. Toss all the ingredients until all combined
For the avocado sauce
Combine in a blender 4 cloves of peeled garlic, one cup of fresh cilantro, one small avocado, juice of a lime, 1/3 cup of olive oil. After all ingredients are combine add in little by little 1/4 cup of water or until reach ideal creamy consistency.