Coconut Lime Chicken With Cilantro Brown Rice

Coconut Lime Chicken

I am a creature of habit..  I follow the same route when shopping at the grocery store, I load the dishwasher the same (basic) way every time, I eat the same varieties of foods for breakfast and lunch, etc.  My systems break when it comes to dinner.  I can’t eat the same thing for dinner every night.  I don’t know why it doesn’t bother me for lunch and breakfast, and not dinner…but it does.  I need variety for dinner.  

Consequently, I am always looking for new ways to prepare the basic dinner staples – protein, vegetables, and a whole grain.  When I first started cooking healthy dinners every night – many years ago.  I was “scared” of fats (even healthy fats), so I basically served the same thing for dinner night after night (chicken, plain brown rice, and steamed broccoli)…so BORING, and as you can imagine dinner became less of a priority, and I didn’t look forward to sitting down and eating with my family (although making dinner and coming up with a menu was super simple – I guess there is a give and take both ways).  Nowadays, I am no longer “scared” of healthy fats, and depend on them to flavor my foods, and I am a huge advocate of healthy, flavorful, meals.  I now look forward to cooking and serving dinner – it’s amazing how things change…I never thought I would be admitting to the world that I like to cook dinner!

Anyways, this Coconut Lime Chicken with Cilantro Brown Rice recipe meets all my current dinner requirements – healthy, high in protein, whole grains, healthy fats, simple, flavorful, and makes a balanced meal when served with a heaping serving of vegetables.  It’s an all around win!  My family loved it, and even devoured the leftovers the next day.  The chicken does require a marinade, so you have to plan ahead a little bit…but it also makes it taste so yummy!  I highly recommend adding this to your weeknight dinner menu.

Coconut Lime Chicken

Coconut Lime Chicken

Coconut Lime Chicken with Cilantro Brown Rice
Serves 4
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the Chicken
  1. 1 pound chicken breast or chicken tenders
  2. 1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  3. 2 limes, juiced
  4. 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  5. 1 tsp lime zest
  6. 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  7. 1 tsp ginger, or 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. 1/4 tsp onion powder
For the Rice
  1. 2 Cups cooked brown rice
  2. 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  3. 2 limes, juiced
For the Chicken
  1. Combine all ingredients together except for the chicken in a mixing bowl to create a marinade
  2. Pour marinade into a large freezer bag and add the chicken
  3. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours
  4. Once done marinating, place on grill and cook until cooked through, basting the chicken with the excess marinade while it cooks
For the Rice
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the rice in a large bowl
  2. Serve with the chicken
Notes
  1. Chicken can be placed on skews for ease during grilling and serving
  2. I used full fat coconut milk - light coconut milk maybe substituted, but I have not tried it and cannot vouch for the results.
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