Cilantro Lime Chicken

I recently found another recipe I thought was simple and relatively not too time consuming to make and overall after my excursion on attempting to make it I also conclude it was simple and tasty recipe that I wanted to pass along. The original recipe called for the cilantro and lime to be applied after cooking, but I wasn’t too sure how much I’d like to eat raw cilantro with chicken (only time I like it is with carne asada). So I decided to change it up by adding the cilantro into the skillet while the chicken was cooking.

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Ingredients Needed:
Olive oil, to taste
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 lime, juiced
⅓ cup cilantro, minced
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Now, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat then add a drizzle of olive oil in it. Then add the chicken, season it with salt and pepper, and cook it until it’s cooked through and no longer pink (ideally 165 degrees with a food thermometer). Throw in your minced cilantro and stir to combine until it softens. Turn off the heat.

Lastly, add lime juice and stir to combine again. Remove the chicken from the pan, place it on a plate, and set aside.

I found cooking on a skillet best method for getting the correct flavoring of the cilantro and lime. I’ve tried this recipe via baking and found that because of the water content of the chicken didn’t evaporate fast enough that most of the lime and cilantro flavors got washed out. It was also because the chicken was cubed, far smaller mass than a regular breast before cutting, it over baked in the process as well leaving the dish hard to eat and tasteless. Duly noted to not bake it next time and stick with using a skillet!

I quite enjoyed the taste of it, it had the nice tanginess from the lime juice with the nice earthiness of the cilantro that gave it a nice grounded herbal taste to the chicken. It complemented each other quite well for an herb and fruit that has a opposite flavor spectrum. Loved that the overall prep and cook time only took about 30 minutes total. Well, I do hope everyone enjoyed this recipe as much as I did! 🙂

 

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