It’s officially summer, which means hanging outside and grilling! I love cooking light and easy meals during the summer so that I can spend more time relaxing and less time cooking. My Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken is a great easy dish to make for a backyard barbecue or busy weeknight. Perfectly grilled chicken breast coated in a flavorful cilantro lime marinade is delicious served by itself, wrapped in a taco, or even served in a burrito bowl! This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe and each serving is 8 SmartPoints.
Summer has a new meaning to me now that I live in Indianapolis and not Texas. Mostly because it’s actually bare-able to go outside since it’s not over 100 degrees. I mean, the only reason to be outside in the summer if you are in Texas is if there is a pool nearby. I recently spent some time back in Texas to visit my family and luckily my parents have a pool, otherwise it would have been too hot to be outside. I’ve lived in Indy for about 11 months now and I have totally acclimated to the cooler weather here. For instance, its day 6 of summer and the high today is 80 degrees. It’s perfect!
The Fourth of July is coming up and that is probably my husband’s favorite holiday. He’s ready for the fireworks and I’m ready for the forth because it gives me a reason to make a festive meal. This Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken along with my Grilled Blackened Shrimp Skewers are definitely going to be on the menu for our outdoor party! If you are looking for something different to bring to your Fourth of July party, I suggest you make this. Chicken breast marinated in a sweet and tangy cilantro lime sauce…. Now that sounds delicious.
The great thing about this recipe is you can make it ahead of time and the chicken can be grilled outside, or even inside with a grill pan! The marinade really is the star of the show in this recipe. Garlic, vinegar, olive oil, jalapeno, honey, cilantro, and lime… what’s not to love?!
To a food processor, add all the marinade ingredients and pulse until well combined.
Add half of the marinade to a zip lock bag along with the chicken breast and let marinade for at least 30 minutes up to 12 hours. This step can totally be done ahead of time if you plan to grill this later in the day or bring it to a party to grill.
Heat your outdoor grill on medium high heat. If you are grilling indoors, brush olive oil on a grill pan and heat the grill over medium high heat for 10 minutes. Grill the chicken breast on each side for about 7 minutes, brushing some of the marinade on top of the chicken half way through.
Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken is perfect to make for your upcoming Fourth of July party! Perfectly grilled chicken breast coated in a flavorful cilantro lime marinade is delicious served by itself, wrapped in a taco, or even served in a burrito bowl! I like to serve this with my Cilantro Lime Quinoa on the side or as the base of a burrito bowl. Less than 5 carbs and 8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving.
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!