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Here’s a refreshing low carb recipe that has become a favorite among members of our weight loss clinic: Cilantro Lime Chicken. It’s a great meal to serve as the weather gets warmer, as the citrus gives it a nice zesty flavor that takes the taste of normal grilled chicken to entirely new levels.
As we mention often in our posts, lean protein is an essential component to a healthy diet, especially when you’re trying to lose weight. Not only is chicken an excellent source of lean protein, it’s considered a complete protein, which means it contains the nine essential amino acids our bodies need to function properly. Green leafy cilantro is a surprising nutrient powerhouse, with few calories and no cholesterol. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber and several important minerals including potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. Limes contain folate and calcium, large amounts of vitamin C, and an array of beneficial flavonoids.
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2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Fresh juice from 2 limes
Grated zest from 2 limes
4 Tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
¼ cup scallions, minced
3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Extra lime wedges and one avocado, sliced
Combine the cilantro, lime juice and zest, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, Himalayan sea salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well. Add the chicken to this mixture and massage well. Then put in a sealable container in the refrigerator and marinate anywhere from two hours to overnight.
Preheat the grill to medium high. Take the chicken breasts out of the marinade and pat dry. Brush the remaining tbsp of extra virgin olive oil onto the chicken. Grill each breast for five to seven minutes on each side, until cooked through.
Serve with avocado slices and lime wedges.