Lime & Coconut Chicken

As if you couldn’t tell it would be great just by the name….. seriously!  Lime and coconut are two of the best things you can put on food!  We definitely enjoyed this, and I can see myself making it often for sure.  There is so much flavor packed into this chicken.  You get the somewhat spicy quality of the curry, cumin, serrano, and cayenne.  And then you get the sweetness from the sugar and soy sauce, which is offset nicely by the sour lime and freshness of the cilantro.  Of course the coconut gives you that lush, thick and creamy sauce that I could seriously just eat with a spoon it’s that good.

And if the flavor alone wasn’t enough to convince you to try this chicken, maybe I can entice you further by telling you how easy it is to make!  You mix your marinade, throw the chicken in, forget about it for just 2 hours (that’s seriously all it takes), pull the chicken out and fry it up in a skillet or grill it if you prefer, dump the marinade in a saucepan and boil it, top it with some fresh cilantro and lime and you’re done!  It pairs very well with copycat Cilantro Lime Rice from Chipotle which I haven’t photographed today, but I will include a link to the recipe below.

I will take this one step further for those following along with my recent foray into a new diet, and say this is definitely Low FODMAP diet worthy!  If this is the first you have heard me speak of it, here is a link that explains the diet.

So whether you make this because you trust me about the taste, are excited about the ease of preparing the recipe, or you are searching for Low FODMAP foods… or maybe you just think the pictures make it look irresistible… you will not be sorry!  My one suggestion would be that if you are watching calories, or sugar intake you could definitely get away with maybe half the sugar.  It’s a bit sweet, but not overly so.  For my personal tastes I will try it that way next time as I am not a big sweet person when it comes to things like meat.

Cilantro Lime Rice

 

Lime & Coconut Chicken

Serves : 4

Ingredients :

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 T. oil
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 2 T. curry powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 small fresh hot chili, such as Thai or Serrano, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • fresh limes, cut into wedges

Directions :

  1. Trim fat from chicken breasts. Starting on thick side of the breasts slice the chicken breasts almost in half, then open each like a book.  Place each open breast between two pieces of plastic wrap, wax paper or inside a large, open, Ziploc bag.  Using a small heavy pan, bottle or smooth meat mallet lightly pound out each breast into even thickness.
  2. Mix all remaining ingredients except fresh cilantro and limes.
  3. Add chicken and marinade to a large bowl or ziploc bag and chill in the refrigerator for up to two hours.
  4. Once you are ready to cook the chicken, remove each breast from the marinade.  Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Boil continuously for at least 2 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn.
  5. In a heavy skillet or grill pan, heat a splash of oil over high heat.  Cook the chicken in batches to prevent over crowding the pan.  Place the breasts in the hot pan and cook without turning for a couple minutes.  Flip the breasts over and cook until the other side is golden, it shouldn’t take long depending on the thickness of your chicken.
  6. Place cooked breasts on a plate in a warm oven or under foil while cooking the remaining chicken.  Sprinkle with fresh lime juice and cilantro. Serve with sauce on the side.

Recipe from Pinned by dani

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