Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

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Lately, I have this insane addiction to Mexican food. When I make my homemade salsa I am always trying to come up with a new Mexican dish to serve with it.  My salsa recipe is a big hit so I am always thinking of ways to incorporate it into my meals.  You can find my salsa recipe on my blog. In the summer months my family loves when I grill boneless skinless chicken breast topped with shredded cheese and salsa.  Since the weather here in Ohio has been cold and snowy I wasn’t up for grilling so I came up with this creamy cilantro and lime chicken dish which I pan seared then baked in the oven.

I suggest you make a double recipe because it’s so delicious everyone will be coming back for a second helping.  The sauce is a combination of herbs, spices and fresh lime juice.  I am obsessed with using fresh herbs and lime juice in my recipes, especially my Mexican dishes. I topped the chicken with some homemade guacamole, homemade salsa and sour cream. The chicken was extremely moist and juicy which is why it’s so important to marinade the chicken prior to cooking it.  The combination of the herbs, spices, olive oil and lime juice gives the chicken an authentic Mexican flavor which is literally delicious!

I served the chicken with cilantro- lime rice along with homemade tortillas.  The tortilla recipe I got from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts blog. Let me just say I won’t be buying tortillas anymore.  These tortillas are fluffy, soft and delicious.  Make sure to head over to her blog and search tortillas to get the recipe.  The cilantro rice recipe will be up on my blog soon so please stay tuned.  It’s extremely simple to make as well and has such amazing flavor and texture.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and please feel free to share your feedback and comments below.

Ingredients Chicken Marinade

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 lime (juice)
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 chopped green onions
4 minced garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground roasted cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Ground pepper to taste

Instructions Chicken Marinade

•Combine all ingredients in a glass baking dish and add chicken; cover and refrigerate for anywhere from 2 hours to overnight.

Marinaded Cilantro Lime Chicken Final Edited

Ingredients Sauce

1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of a meltable cheese (I use Gruyere)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Salt to taste

Instructions Sauce

•Preheat oven to 375 F

•Heat a large pan; add chicken breasts, remaining marinade, chopped onion and cilantro. Brown chicken on each side 5-6 minutes. You want the chicken to be brown but not cooked through yet. Once browned remove chicken and place in a prepared baking dish; cover.

•Add chicken broth and heavy whipping cream to pan; cook and stir scraping the brown bits from the skillet. Add cheese and continue to stir on low until cheese is melted and well combined. Add salt to taste. Pour sauce over chicken and bake for 15-20 minutes until chicken is done. Oven times may vary.

•Optional garnish: cilantro, sour cream, salsa, guacamole or lime wedges.

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