Cilantro Caesar Chicken

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I bought a little too much cilantro the other day for my citrus cilantro rice, so decided to use some of it to add to my marinade for chicken breasts last night. I decided to use thin sliced chicken breasts … I like that they aren’t too large and are just the perfect size for dinner, and also as leftovers for lunch.

I sprinkled the breasts with kosher salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, fresh minced garlic, minced cilantro and a bottle of Caesar salad dressing. This was super easy and took no time at all.

I covered the dish and placed it in my refrigerator for 2 hours to marinate. I pulled the chicken out 20 minutes before grilling, to bring it to room temperature. I brushed my grill pan with a little olive oil and heated it for a few minutes before grilling the chicken.

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I grilled the chicken for 5 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reached 160 degrees. The internal temperature of the chicken will reach 165 while it’s resting. I let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Immediately upon  removing the chicken to a platter to rest, I squeezed fresh lime juice over the top and sprinkled a little cilantro over the chicken.

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We served this with roasted Brussels sprouts and tater tots. This chicken would be wonderful on a salad, or on a bun as a sandwich as well.

Ingredients

thin sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
1 bottle Caesar salad dressing (about 1-3/4 cups)
olive oil, for brushing grill

Directions

  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add minced garlic and minced cilantro.
  2. Pour dressing over chicken and place in refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from fridge 20 minutes before grilling to bring it to room temperature.
  4. Brush grill with olive oil and let heat.
  5. Grill chicken 4-5 minutes per side, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Let rest for 10 minutes. Temperature will continue to rise to 165 degrees.

Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris

 

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