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  • 5 boneless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup light olive oil
  • zest and juice of two limes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 to 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish
  • kosher salt/pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
  • 1 whole lime, sliced

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Summertime is upon us and I may toss around the notion of making a few “healthier” and “lighter” recipes. One of my favorite accounts to follow on Instagram is Recipe Tin Eats. She posts these amazing videos of her recipes. I came across this one for Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken the other day and just had to try. It’s only 300 calories per chicken breast! If you like boneless chicken thighs better, use them instead.

They were so full of flavor and incredibly tender. I grilled mine, but will also consider using a cast iron pan the next time…I think the inclusion of the brown sugar and soy sauce will create a nice caramel-like sauce that you just cannot get by grilling.

a wooden plate of cilantro lime grilled chicken

Trim your chicken breasts and pound down the thickest part of the breast. In a bag, add in the lime juice, lime zest, chopped garlic, a few handfuls of chopped cilantro, olive oil, touch of kosher salt, black pepper, soy sauce and brown sugar. Mix well.

Add in your chicken breasts. Close bag and squeeze bag to coat the chicken with the marinade. Allow to marinate for at least an hour in the fridge…I marinated these for about three hours!

cilantro lime chicken marinating in a bag

Place chicken on the grill…on low heat…and allow to cook through. Turn heat up just a bit at the end once the chicken breasts have reached a temp of about 160 degrees…the chicken will reach 165 as you sear on both sides.

Place finished chicken on platter and garnish with the lime slices, diced jalapeño and chopped cilantro. ENJOY these amazing Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken Breasts.

I served mine up with a fresh cucumber salad, grilled new potatoes, and my Prosciutto Melon Skewers…click here for recipe!

skewers of cantaloupe, cheese, and prosciutto

Also try the Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken as kabobs…follow the recipe above…just cut the chicken into skewer-sized pieces before placing in the marinade. If you are using wooden skewers, be sure to soak the skewers for at least 15 minutes to an hour prior to grilling!

Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken Kabobs

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