Now that the weather is getting (kind of) warmer, it’s the perfect season for grilling. And although Doug does the grilling at our house, I do the prep work—and to be honest, I think the prep work is the most important step in the grill process. It helps to lock in the tastiness so you’re left with a truly delicious—and flavorful—final product.
In the many years Doug and I have been together, we’ve found quite a few grill recipes that are keepers, so I’m not always looking to add more to the repertoire. But then I saw this recipe for cilantro lime grilled chicken and knew we needed to try it. The citrusy chicken is topped with a tomato and avocado salsa to freshen up the whole dish.
It’s perfect for your next barbecue fiesta!
CILANTRO LIME GRILLED CHICKEN WITH AVOCADO SALSA
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup olive oil, plus more for the grill
1½ teaspoons honey
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
1½ medium avocados, diced
2 medium roma tomatoes, chopped
½ cup chopped red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- Place the chicken into a gallon-size Ziplock plastic bag.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, honey, cilantro, and 3 cloves minced garlic. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Pour the marinade mixture over the chicken in the bag. Seal the bag while pressing the air out, and then rub the marinade over chicken.
- Allow the chicken to rest in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours (rotate the bag to the opposite side and move the chicken around halfway through if possible to ensure it is evenly marinating).
- Preheat the grill and brush the grill grates lightly with oil. Grill for about 4 minutes on each side until the center registers 160-165°F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove the chicken and let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, toss together the avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, and lime and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spoon a generous amount over the chicken and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.