Cilantro


Coriander

Coriander (Photo credit: Ruby’s Feast)

Cilantro is the leaf from the Coriander plant which also produces seeds known as Coriander seeds. Cilantro is either loved or hated. I am absolutely on the love side of this debate.  On the hate side some people say it tastes and smells like soap. Even some go as far as saying it tastes like crushed bugs. I would like to know how one knows what crushed bugs tastes like but that is how my mind works. I disagree. This is one of my favorite herbs to cook with.  Cilantro and Lime are a perfect marriage. You will find them together in so many recipes. Almost all salsas have Cilantro and Lime paired together. Here are some ways I have come up with to use my favorite herb.

  • Salsa
  • Grilled Chicken with Cilantro and Lime
  • Top Pork tacos with Cilantro and squeeze fresh lime juice over it and then add other toppings.
  • Actually any taco, burrito, enchilada.
  • Add to Chicken Tortilla Soup right at the end.
  • Guacamole
  • Grilled Corn with Cilantro Lime butter and Parmesan cheese. Delish!
  • Grilled shrimp with Cilantro and Sea Salt.
  • Cilantro Lime Butter

I could go on and on but I would like to share my favorite with you and it is so easy. So to all the other cilantro lovers out there I will share my Grilled Chicken with Cilantro and Lime recipe. This recipe is for two but it is so easy you can prepare it for more if needed.

Grilled Chicken with Cilantro and Lime

  • One Chicken breast cut length ways in half
  • Sea Salt
  • One Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Butter
  • Olive oil

I use a grill pan but you can use a regular frying pan too. Heat the grill pan and coat with light olive oil. I take the chicken breast that has been cut and pound it out until thinned but not too thin. I then season one side with the sea salt. Take the lime and cut in half and juice one half of the lime and cut the other in slices. Use the lime juice to sprinkle over the chicken. Once the grill is heated I place the chicken on the grill seasoned side down. Then season the other side with the sea salt and lime juice and some chopped cilantro. Then top each chicken breast with the lime slices. It should take about 6 minutes on each side to grill the chicken (depends on the thickness of the chicken breast). Take off the lime slice and place on the grill pan to grill them a little. Grilling the lime slices adds a depth of flavor I can’t even explain. Trust me you need to do this.

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Flip over the chicken add more chopped cilantro and more lime juice. Then place the lime slices back on top of the chicken and continue to cook for the next 6 minutes. I always check to make sure it is cooked all the way through by cutting into the center of one of the chicken breast. Once it is finished throw away the lime slices on top and place chicken on a platter. Take a tab of butter not too much just enough to coat the chicken with some melted butter. I might add a little more sea salt and then I top it with more chopped Cilantro. Now Jon does not love Cilantro like I do so on his I don’t add the chopped Cilantro at the end. But I like a little chicken with my Cilantro so I load mine up.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe. The calorie for each chicken breast is……wait for it…..170 calories. Green beans sauteed with black pepper and garlic with slivered almonds go very well with this. I make this recipe when I have cheated too much in the day and my calorie intake for dinner is really low.

Question of the day: Do you love or hate Cilantro? Or have you ever tried Cilantro?

  1. I am on Team Cilantro!

    Reply

    1. I thought you would be Jen! I mean really how can you not be.

      Reply

  2. I’m definitely team cilantro too! Come this summer I’m planning in having an herb garden with a big patch of cilantro!

    Reply

    1. You will love having fresh herbs at hand. I love my garden. Here’s to happy gardening.

      Reply

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