Oh my, the flavor is next level on this one! I had to double the recipe to feed my family!

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Nothing says home like the sizzle of something scrumptious in the oven, and Baked Lime Cilantro Chicken is a dish that brings a bit of zesty flair to any dinner table. I stumbled upon the fusion of lime and cilantro quite by accident during a family barbecue years ago, and it's been a staple ever since. This recipe, in particular, weaves the fresh, tangy essence of lime with the vibrant, aromatic notes of cilantro, creating a meal that's as refreshing as it is comforting. On nights when you're looking to switch up the usual fare without venturing too far from those home-cooked roots, this dish is your ticket to a happy family and full bellies.
Baked Lime Cilantro Chicken is wonderfully versatile and pairs beautifully with a range of sides. I love to serve it with a scoop of fluffy cilantro-lime rice and a side of steamed green beans. For those summer dinners on the porch, a crisp garden salad or grilled corn on the cob make delightful companions. And don't forget a warm roll to soak up all the delightful juices!
Baked Lime Cilantro Chicken
Servings: 4
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Zest and juice of 2 limes
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking dish with a little olive oil or non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a bowl, combine the lime zest, lime juice, minced garlic, olive oil, honey, ground cumin, salt, and pepper. Whisk it all together to make your marinade.
3. Arrange the chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish and pour the marinade over them, making sure each piece is evenly coated. Let them marinate for about 15 minutes if you have time; it'll really lock in those flavors.
4. Once marinated, sprinkle the chicken with the chopped cilantro. Slide the baking dish into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked (reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F).
5. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes after you take it out of the oven – this keeps it juicy.
6. Garnish with an extra sprinkle of fresh cilantro just before serving, to really make those flavors pop.
Variations & Tips
- For an extra kick, add a diced jalapeño or a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinade.
- Picky eaters in the house? Serve the cilantro on the side or even leave it out of the kids' portions. They can enjoy the mild lime-flavored chicken all on its own.
- If you're short on time, you can skip the marinating step and bake right away, though marinating will deepen the flavors.
- This recipe also works wonderfully with thighs or drumsticks; just adjust your cooking time accordingly.
- Leftovers? Slice up that chicken and toss it into a salad or wrap for a zesty lunch the next day!
No matter how you serve it up, Baked Lime Cilantro Chicken is a meal that's sure to gather everyone around the table with smiles and hungry bellies. Enjoy, friends!
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