I’m always looking for ways to jazz up the ways I make chicken for my family. The sky is the limit when it comes to chicken, which is why I use it so often. Baked, fried, grilled… chicken is great so many ways since it is so versatile and can handle a multitude of flavors. Not to mention, boneless skinless chicken breasts are a very lean source of protein. And with all the baking I do, I definitely need some leanness in my life!
This cilantro lime chicken with fresh avocado salsa is a part of my regular weeknight dinner rotation. Usually when my kids ask what we are having for dinner and I tell them chicken, I’m bombarded with with groans and exclamations of “aw man chicken again!”. But when I tell them it’s cilantro lime chicken, they are pumped! They love it because it’s delicious, and I love it because it’s so easy to make. The marinade is a snap to whip up and the chicken can marinade while you prep up the salsa and the kids set the table. With work, kids, and activities, I need simple healthy weeknight meals that aren’t fussy and that taste great.
The avocado salsa is a thing of beauty on its own and is really the star of the show. It brings the chicken to a whole other level of yum! The creamy avocado and slight spice of the jalapeño really help to enhance the chicken while the cilantro and lime echo the marinade used in the chicken. The avocado salsa is also delicious with your favorite tortilla chips or even as a topping for your tacos. And since it can be made ahead of time, that’s another time saver. Just be sure to wait to add the avocado until you are ready to eat, or it will brown.
I usually always have my husband grill the chicken, mainly because I enjoy the flavor the grill imparts on the meat, but also because I’m lazy and it’s one less pan to wash! But I have baked this chicken in the oven before and it turned out great. Just bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes (depending on thickness of the breasts) flipping halfway through.
I hope you enjoy this cilantro lime chicken with avocado salsa as much as myself and my family do. It really is a great way to change up your usual weeknight chicken and make it feel fancy!
Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Cilantro lime Chicken/Marinade
5-6 boneless chicken breasts
1/4 C olive oil
Juice from two limes
Zest from one lime
2 TBS chopped cilantro (fresh or dried)
1 minced garlic clove
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp Montreal Chicken seasoning
2 ripe avocado diced
2 TBS cilantro finely chopped
Juice from 1 lime
1 jalapeño diced and seeded
1 Roma or Plum tomato diced and seeded
1/4 C diced red onion
Salt and pepper to taste
To prepare the marinade and Chicken
1. Whisk oil and lime juice together in a small bowl or measuring cup and add remaining marinade ingredients and mix well.
2. Place rinsed chicken breasts in a gallon size freezer bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal bag while removing excess air from the bag. Massage the chicken around so all the marinade is covering the chicken
3. Place chicken in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
4. Grill chicken medium heat for about 5-7 minutes on each side or bake in 350 degree oven on a foil lined baking sheet for about 25 minutes ,flipping halfway through. Cook time will vary depending on thickness of chicken breast so adjust accordingly.(Chicken should have an internal temp of 165 degrees)
In a medium sized bowl place all of the salsa ingredients and mix together. Salt and pepper to taste and cover with plastic wrap and keep in fridge until ready to eat. If making ahead add the diced avocado right before serving.
After chicken is cooked top with avocado salsa and enjoy!