May 24, 2013

Guest Post: Cilantro-Lime Chicken Marinade

While I'm soaking up the sun in Southern California, the lovely Dana from This Silly Girl's Life  is guest blogging here at Restoration Beauty! How awesome is she? Thanks, Dana!

Dana is a former professional Chef turned blogger from Florida. She is very passionate about cooking and enjoys sharing her tips and tricks with all who come across her blog.

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Hi everyone!! I am so excited to be doing a guest post for Selene today! I am sharing with you this super quick and easy (yet delicious!) cilantro-lime chicken marinade! My Hubby and I have been trying to eat better around here and I have been experimenting with different "healthy" marinades for chicken. This cilantro-lime chicken marinade does the trick! It is soo yummy, light and refreshing. It would be perfect for tacos, on the grill for kabobs or even just seared like I will show you here. Read on for this simple chicken marinade!
chicken marinade


1/2 Chicken, cut in pieces (any four pieces will do)

2 each Garlic Cloves, smashed

1/2 Cup Cilantro, fine chop

2 each Scallions, green part only, finely chopped or bruised*

1/2 tsp Onion Powder

1 Tbls Cumin, powder

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

2 tsp Olive Oil

1 Tbls Water

1 tsp Honey

1/2 each Lime, juice and zest

Cooking Spray

Salt & Pepper to taste

*Cut the ends off the scallions. With back of knife tap along length of scallion until it is bruised, darker in color. I do this to be able to discard the onion before cooking, if you like more of an onion taste chop the scallion finely instead.


Place all ingredients in a bowl and combine with whisk so the spices aren't clumpy. Pour marinade over chicken parts in a plastic bag. "Massage" marinade into chicken to make sure it is coated evenly. Let sit for at least 30 minutes up to an hour in the fridge.
chicken marinade
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Throw away scallion pieces (once again, if you like the flavor leave the chopped pieces). Get a pan hot over medium heat. Spray pan with cooking spray and sear off chicken pieces. Do this in batches if needed to not over crowd the pan. If you put too many pieces in the pan, the chicken will actually steam instead of searing. When you get a nice golden color on the outside place in an oven safe dish. If you have available, insert oven safe thermometer into largest piece of chicken.

chicken marinade
This is how the chicken should look after being seared. This chicken pictured is not fully cooked.
Place in oven until internal temperature reads at least 165 degrees. This won't take very long, maybe up to 15 minutes. Serve with your desired sides, or slice chicken breasts for tacos and enjoy!
Thanks for reading, please visit my blog This Silly Girl's Life for more yummy recipes!


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