Ci-lime-tro Chicken and a side of Ci-lime-tro Quinoa Summer Salad

Pin It It's finally grilling season.  The temperature has been hovering in the mid 60's for the past week, so we got to start our weekly Saturday grill sessions a bit early this year.  Last year we grilled, regular chicken and burgers all summer long... this year, I think we'll spice it up a bit.  I love lime, it's like a burst of summery flavor.  Before I ever really cooked anything we would make chicken marinated in Newman's Own Lime Vinaigrette with a dash of ginger, which was always a favorite.  This version is definitely a step up.  We started off this grilling season with Ci-lime-tro Chicken and a side of Ci-lime-tro Quinoa Summer Salad, which was the perfect compliment.  Next time, I would just chop the chicken up and throw it in the salad for an all in one dish.  Read on for the juicy details. 

Start by cooking the quinoa for Ci-lime-tro Quinoa Summer Salad.  My quinoa is always fluffy ever since I started following these directions on how to make fluffy quinoa.   You will want to start the quinoa ahead of time so it has time to cool before the chicken is ready.  While your quinoa is cooking start marinating the chicken  in the juice of 3 limes, 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar, lots of freshly ground cracked pepper, a dash of salt, a teaspoon of Olive Oil, and about 10 cilantro leaves chopped.  Let the chicken marinate for at least an hour in the fridge (the longer the better to get the best flavor).  When its time, fire up your grill.

Grill your chicken to perfection following these tips from Kayln's Kitchen, 

Dice a tomato, avocado and chop some cilantro for your summer salad.  The best part about this meal is that there is little prep!  You are basically done prepping for your salad at this point.

 Ci-lime-tro Chicken
adapted from My Recipes

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
the juice of three limes
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Olive Oil
10 cilantro leaves, chopped


Mix lime juice, sugar, pepper, salt and olive oil.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Add chicken and cilantro.  Mix in a sealable plastic bag and let marinate for at least one hour in the refrigerator.  Grill to perfection.

Voila! Perfectly marinated chicken breast.

Ci-lime-tro Quinoa Summer Salad
Adapted from myrecipes.com
3/4 cup (uncooked) quinoa, cooked and cooled
a can of black beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup corn kernels
1 large tomato, diced
1 avocado, diced
2 limes, juiced
1 tsp cumin
roughly 3-4 Tbs chopped Cilantro
Drizzle of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
*I made this again the other day, and added some chopped yellow pepper, which made it even better because it added the perfect amount of crunch!  I would definitely recommend.


Cook quinoa and chill.  Mix quinoa, black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, lime juice, cumin and cilantro.  Drizzle with Olive Oil.  Salt & pepper to taste. Chill and serve.  

Bon Appetit!  Super easy and the flavors come together perfectly.  Perfect for a grill out side dish. 

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Sandy said...

How much sugar for the chicken?

aglobetrottersfare said...

Sorry Sandy! I will add it to the ingredients! I used 1 1/2 Tablespoons of sugar. Thanks for letting me know :) Enjoy!

Sandy said...

Thanks! Can't wait to try it!

Sandy said...

This was awesome! A big hit with my husband and daughter. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

aglobetrottersfare said...

Thanks Sandy! Glad you enjoyed! :)

Raven and Jon said...

I've been waiting for a good night to try this and we've just not been at home enough! BUT I am planning on making it tonight! Any recommendations on where to find canned black beans around Brussels though? Can't wait!

aglobetrottersfare said...

Hey Raven! Glad you are going to try it!! I haven't found them in a can, so I used dried ones. I soak them for a few hours (although not completely necessary if you don't have the time) and cook them for about an hour. It is a pain, but worth it! I know spring is so busy! Soo much traveling (Not that I am complaining!). Let me know what you think!