Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Weeknight Dinner: Grilled Lime Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

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As I write this blog, John's brother and sister-in-law are in a hospital in Maine awaiting the arrival of their first baby.  Their son has been something we have been looking forward to for 6 months now since they announced his impending arrival at Christmas when we visited.  They are a wonderful couple who John and I truly enjoy spending time with and we're thrilled that their couple will soon turn into their own little family.  *Update!  They had a healthy baby boy!  YAY!*

John is so excited he could hardly sleep, which in turn kept me from sleeping. That's probably not manly so pretend I didn't write that - and just, don't mention that to John!  It's all good things, though, and for that we are both very grateful.  When we first got together, we had a few rough times in there.  But now, we've been able to celebrate all good things - starting with my sister's wedding and there's lots more on the horizon for our families!  

I couldn't help but think of the parents-to-be while we stood in the kitchen making this dish.  While it's not a dish that will freeze well, it is super simple and very flavorful.  It is the perfect summer-y dish incorporating some of my favorite summer flavors - avocado, tomatoes, and limes.  And when they get their new baby home, I can't imagine they're going to be cooking all that much.  In fact, I could bet you John's brother B will be pulling out the grill for this recipe very soon.  In the meantime, we're going to sit here and wait for some good news.  But there's nothing stopping us from eating well while we wait, is there?!
Grilled Lime Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salsa (adapted from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts)
Serves:  2
Lime Chicken:
1 clove garlic, minced
2 limes, juiced and zested
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 chicken breast, sliced in half lengthwise

Tomato-Avocado Salsa:
1 avocado, pitted
2 tomatoes
3 tablespoons onion (1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lime, juiced

Combine garlic, limes, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.  Add chicken and toss to combine.  Marinate for at least 20 minutes, up to overnight.

Prepare the salsa right before grilling.  Dice the avocado, tomato, onion, and cilantro.  Combine in a large bowl.  Toss with salt and lime juice until well-combined. 

Preheat the grill to medium-heat.  Grill chicken for about 6 minutes on each side, until fully cooked through.

To serve, place an even amount of salsa over each chicken breast.  Serve with rice and additional lime wedges, if desired.

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is about all things BBQ? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers


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