Cilantro lime grilled chicken with avocado salsa


Cilantro lime chickenNow 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!

Servings: 4

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


  1. Place the chicken into a gallon-size Ziplock plastic bag.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, toss together the avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, and lime and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Spoon a generous amount over the chicken and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

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