Dinner Menu: Spicy Lime Cilantro Chicken w/Mexican Rice

It’s been unseasonably warm here after our early snow in September, so grilling is on the menu.

On the board:

  1. Spicy Lime Cilantro Chicken
  2. Mexican Rice Medley
  3. Green Beans
  4. Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe here)

Spicy Lime Cilantro Chicken:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup sliced pickled jalapenos and juice

 Place ingredients in a zip-lock bag and marinate 1 hour or overnight.  Broil or grill for 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, until breasts are cooked to 165 degrees.

 

Mexican Rice Medley:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ small yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 oz can chopped green chilies
  • ½ tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

large saucepan and bowl

 

While chicken is broiling, in saucepan, heat oil, add onion, chilies, garlic and tomatoes, sauté until onions are golden.  Remove to bowl.  In pan add rice, water, tomato sauce and chili powder, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer 20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed.  Add onion mixture, salt and pepper to taste and cilantro, then fluff with a fork. 

Serves 4 

 

Cooking Tips:  If a recipe has meat or poultry that are marinated, a great timesaver is to make the marinades when you purchase the meats.  Mix meat and marinades together into a freezer bag and freeze.  All that’s left to do is thaw and cook.  10-minute meals are easy with a variety of marinades and meats or poultry, then stir-fry, grill or broil and serve.

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