It’s summer time and I really don’t want to cook indoors. I like to eat so there’s a BIG problem with this picture. In comes Garlic Cilantro & Lime Chicken to save the day.
This past Sunday was our monthly potluck at church. It’s too hot outside for the typical casserole or hot dish I usually bring. Besides, I’m bored with those right about this time of year. I’m a Mexican food lover, I could eat tacos everyday if my family would go along with my whims. So when my food loving cohort, aka my husband, mentioned some cilantro grilled chicken tacos he had been discussing with his mama back in Oregon, he had my attention. Not to mention I have an overabundance of cilantro growing in my herb garden…..
Garlic Cilantro & Lime Chicken
- 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 4 limes zested and juiced
- 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves and stems
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Trim most of the fat from the chicken thighs and place in a large bowl. To the bowl of a food processor, add the lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, olive oil, honey, cumin, minced garlic, salt and pepper and pulse just until combined. Pour into the bowl with the chicken and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to overnight.
- Prepare a grill on medium high. Grill the chicken for about 14 minutes, turning often. Once each side has seared, if the chicken pieces seem to be getting too charred, move the chicken pieces to the cooler side of the grill to cook.
- Serve with rice, in a burrito, on salad or as taco filler. Use your imagination! Enjoy!
Now, the instructions seem fine and dandy, and they really are, except one thing. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT over fill your food processor bowl! Remember how I mentioned that I was preparing this for potluck? Yeah. I quadrupled the recipe to make sure I had enough to feed our small church body. What I didn’t account for was the mess it would make as I pulsed it all together. I think my old school 1987 Cuisinart food processor has a smaller bowl than the average 2019 version. If you plan to make this in a quadruple batch and you have a small bowl on yours too I recommend pulsing the dry ingredients first, then whisking in the honey and oil in a separate bowl or using your Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770) Blender/Food Processor with 1500W Auto-iQ Base, 72oz Pitcher, 64oz Processor Bowl, (2) 16oz Cup for Smoothies, Dough & More.
These Garlic Cilantro & Lime Chicken thighs were so easy, and tasted like a million bucks! You’ll love them even if you aren’t a huge cilantro fan, I’m not.
I’m not going to lie. My husband grilled these. I am not the outdoor cook. I can follow an indoor recipe to a T, like a champ. Cooking over an open flame outside is not in my skill set. And I don’t want to learn, why should I when my guy is so good at it?!
The final verdict? These were a huge hit at potluck! They hit the spot, kept my kitchen cool, and warmed my belly! Next time I might add some diced jalapenos for a little kick.