Lemon-Cilantro Chicken

Lemon-Cilantro Chicken
Patrick Onofre


  • 3/4 Cups  olive oil
  • cloves garlic, minced
  •   Juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 Cup  chopped cilantro
  • 1 Teaspoon  salt
  • 1 Teaspoon  pepper
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Easy and delicious — what more could you possibly want from a weeknight dinner-friendly chicken recipe? All you need are seven ingredients and a stove.

A quick marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and cilantro infuses these chicken breasts with flavor and keeps them moist as they poach. Think you don't have time for a marinade? Think again, because the chicken only has to sit in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes, during which time you can prep a salad to go with dinner. It's all about multitasking!

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Pour the olive oil into a bowl, and add the garlic and lemon juice. Toss the lemon rinds into the bowl after you squeeze them to marinate and cook with the chicken.

Add the cilantro, salt, and pepper. Place the chicken in the mixture and coat with the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let marinate for 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator, so the meat can absorb the flavors.

Pour the marinade with the chicken into a frying pan. Cook over low to medium heat. You are poaching the chicken, so it should just bubble at a low simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

The chicken is done when the meat turns from a translucent pink to a complete white, and pulls apart easily.

Take the meat out of the pan and place it on a cutting board. Slice the chicken diagonally, into slices about ½-inch thick. Transfer to plates and serve with sauce from the pan.


Calories per serving:

1,037 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 175g 270%
  • Carbs 21g 7%
  • Saturated 25g 126%
  • Fiber 7g 28%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Monounsaturated 122g
  • Polyunsaturated 19g
  • Protein 110g 220%
  • Cholesterol 345mg 115%
  • Sodium 2,568mg 107%
  • Calcium 125mg 13%
  • Magnesium 164mg 41%
  • Potassium 2,123mg 61%
  • Iron 5mg 27%
  • Zinc 4mg 24%
  • Phosphorus 1,069mg 153%
  • Vitamin A 197µg 22%
  • Vitamin C 107mg 178%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 37%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 56%
  • Niacin (B3) 46mg 230%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 206%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 92µg 23%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 17%
  • Vitamin D 5IU 1%
  • Vitamin E 27mg 137%
  • Vitamin K 251µg 314%
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