Monday, May 20, 2013

Make it Monday: Margarita Chicken and Cilantro Lime Rice

Oh this week's Make it Monday is oh so good!!! This recipe is from Iowa Girl Eats and as soon as I saw the recipe I emailed it to my amazing hubs with 3 short words, "Make this, Please!!" So for Mother's Day he surprised me by making it and it was just as good as I hoped!

Chicken Ingredients:
zest of 1 lime +  juice of 4 limes
zest of 1 orange + juice of 2 oranges
1/4 cup tequila (optional)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon agave nectar (could use honey)
3 crushed garlic cloves
salt and pepper (lots)
4 small chicken breasts

Rice Ingredients
1 cup long grain white rice
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
juice of 1/2 lime
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 bag of frozen corn

  1. Combine ingredients from lime zest to salt and pepper in a large bowl or ziplock bag then mix well. Add chicken breasts then cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours.
  2. When ready to grill or cook, let chicken breasts rest out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes then grill or saute over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes a side, or until cooked through.
  3. While the chicken is grilling, bring water, oil, and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Add rice, place a lid on top, then turn heat down to medium-low and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Cook the corn according to package directions. Stir to fluff the rice then add lime juice, corn and chopped cilantro. *Optional: top with sliced avocados!

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