Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cilantro + Lime Grilled Chicken Tacos

Now that grilling season is officially upon us, we have been grilling like there's no tomorrow.  Last night, we made these super delicious chicken tacos:

They were insanely easy to make, so if you're looking for an easy weeknight "recipe", this is it.
This will serve two people.

For the chicken:
2 chicken breasts (score the tops)

Rub these down with:
olive oil to coat
chopped cilantro (around 1/4 cup, before chopping)
the juice of one lime
salt & pepper
Let this marinate in the fridge for an hour.

While the chicken was marinating, I cooked the rice, which was a long grain rice blend.  I followed the directions on the container, and when the rice was done, I added:

1/2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp each of ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, onion powder & garlic powder

For our beans, we used a can of black beans (we added minced garlic; yum!), cooked over the grill.

Grill your chicken, around four minutes per side, or until done and no pink remains.  If you want to be precise, use a thermometer.

When chicken is done, you can let it rest while you grill your tortillas.
Put tortillas on the grill and take off once you have grill marks (less than a minute to grill both sides). They will burn if you aren't careful, so keep an eye on them!

To serve:

Slice your chicken, divide evenly and place on your tortillas.

We topped ours with:
Shredded cheese
Shredded lettuce
Chopped green onions
Chopped cilantro
A pre-made guacamole + hot salsa from the store (feel free to make your own guac/salsa)

Other yummy topping ideas:
Chopped tomatoes
Sour cream

We did not pound out our chicken breast, but I think next time we probably will.  To do so, place chicken between two sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap and using a mallet, pound chicken until flat (don't go to thin or it will rip to shreds on the grill).  This will make your chicken more similar to what you would find in a Mexican restaurant.

Remember that cooking should be fun!  I didn't actually measure any our ingredients, which is how I do most of my cooking.  Over time, you'll learn what flavors work well together and how to add a little here and there until you get a flavor you're happy with.  Enjoy!

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