Lemon-Cilantro Chicken

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All you need for this recipe are seven ingredients and a stove.
Lemon-Cilantro Chicken
Patrick Onofre

Lemon-Cilantro Chicken

Easy and delicious — what more could you possibly want from a weeknight dinner-friendly chicken recipe?

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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2
Servings
1078
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Lemon Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Lemon Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
88g
100%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
13g
64%
Cholesterol
199mg
66%
Protein
63g
100%
Carbs
10g
3%
Vitamin A
47µg
5%
Vitamin B12
0.6µg
9.5%
Vitamin B6
2mg
100%
Vitamin C
49mg
82%
Vitamin D
3IU
1%
Vitamin E
13mg
67%
Vitamin K
77µg
96%
Calcium
55mg
5%
Fiber
3g
12%
Folate (food)
39µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
39µg
10%
Iron
2mg
13%
Magnesium
88mg
22%
Monounsaturated
61g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
26mg
100%
Phosphorus
604mg
86%
Polyunsaturated
10g
N/A
Potassium
1103mg
32%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
30.5%
Sodium
1052mg
44%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
20.2%
Zinc
2mg
13%

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