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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2
Servings
797
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
79g
100%
Saturated Fat
66g
100%
Cholesterol
46mg
15%
Carbohydrate, by difference
2g
2%
Protein
20g
43%
Vitamin A, RAE
3µg
0%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
13mg
1%
Folate, total
9µg
2%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
22mg
7%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
183mg
26%
Selenium, Se
20µg
36%
Sodium, Na
1265mg
84%
Water
74g
3%
Zinc, Zn
4mg
50%

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.