Lemon-Cilantro Chicken

Lemon-Cilantro Chicken
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Lemon-Cilantro Chicken

Patrick Onofre

Lemon-Cilantro Chicken

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 88g 135%
  • Carbs 11g 4%
  • Saturated 13g 63%
  • Fiber 3g 14%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 61g
  • Polyunsaturated 10g
  • Protein 55g 110%
  • Cholesterol 172mg 57%
  • Sodium 1,284mg 54%
  • Calcium 63mg 6%
  • Magnesium 82mg 21%
  • Potassium 1,062mg 30%
  • Iron 2mg 14%
  • Zinc 2mg 12%
  • Phosphorus 535mg 76%
  • Vitamin A 99µg 11%
  • Vitamin C 54mg 89%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 19%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 28%
  • Niacin (B3) 23mg 115%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 103%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 46µg 11%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 8%
  • Vitamin D 2IU 1%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 68%
  • Vitamin K 126µg 157%
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