Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Yield: 4 servings
4 (6 oz) boneless chicken breast halves
1 Tbsp lime zest
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
1 1/2 tsp honey
1/3 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for serving
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 medium avocados (ripe but semi-firm), diced
2 medium roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion, rinsed under cool water to remove harsh bite
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Place chicken on a cutting board, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and pound thicker parts of chicken to an even thickness. Transfer chicken to a gallon size resealable plastic bag.
In a small mixing bowl whisk together lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, honey, cilantro, 3 cloves minced garlic and season with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Pour marinade mixture over chicken in bag. Seal bag while pressing air out, then rub marinade over chicken. Allow to rest in refrigerator 2-4 hours (rotating bag to opposite side and moving chicken around halfway through if possible to ensure it’s evenly marinating).
Preheat a grill over medium-high heat (to about 435-450 degrees). Brush grill grates lightly with oil then grill chicken until center registers 160-165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 4 minutes per side. Remove and let rest 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl toss together avocado, tomato, onion, garlic and lime and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon a generous amount over chicken and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve warm.
Recipe source: Inspired by Cooking Light