As a passionate home cook turned professional chef, I'm not in the least bit above humble bragging that I know a lil' somethin' somethin' about the art we all call cooking. I can chiffonade and flambé, caramelize and clarify -- in short, I know my way around a kitchen.
If there's one theme, however, that has remained an indefatigable constant throughout my cooking career it is, don't mess with the classics. That doesn't mean not to experiment here and there, but it's important to never lose the characteristic flavor profile that makes a classic so classic. Is the word classic starting to sound weird to anyone else? Class-ic....Clas-sic...hm...moving on.
The flavor profile of cilantro, lime, and avocado married together in sweet, bigamous harmony in this recipe is one such undeniable classic. To bulk up what is essentially guac., I've added chicken to the mix, dousing it with a marinade of garlic, lime, and chili powder before smothering it with the creamy, cilantro-laced avocado salsa. It's an easy, zesty dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes.
And the look on your family's faces when they take a bite?.....Classic.
Cilantro Lime Chicken w/ Avocado Salsa
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
The juice of 2 limes
1 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. honey
1/4 cup avocado oil
1 tbsp. Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 avocados, peeled and diced
the juice of 2 limes
1/2 a red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup minced cilantro
1 serrano pepper, sliced thin for garnish (optional)
cilantro sprigs for garnis (optional)
Marinate the chicken. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the marinade then pour it into a plastic zip top bag with the chicken. Squeeze out as much air as you can. Set aside.
Make the avocado salsa. Gently toss together all of the ingredients for the avocado salsa and set aside.
Grill the chicken over medium heat for 10 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. If the outside is charring too much before the inside can finish cooking, you can finish the chicken in the oven at 375ºF on a wire rack placed over a sheet pan.
Serve the chicken with avocado salsa on top. Garnish with serranos and extra cilantro.