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Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 (6 oz) chicken boneless skinless 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

Salsa

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat (to about 425 – 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.
  4. 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