Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Salsa


4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound tomatillos
2 large tomatoes
5 or 6 chilies, any type
1 medium onion, quartered
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
fresh lime juice, to taste
salt, to taste


Place chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap; flatten with a mallet or rolling pin. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Combine minced cilantro, oil, lime juice, garlic, and seasonings in a jar; shake well and pour over chicken. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Meanwhile husk the tomatillos. Grill the tomatillos, tomatoes, and chilies until their skins are blackened. Peel and core the tomatoes and cut into chunks. Remove peels from the chilies. Add grilled vegetables to a food processor bowl, along with the onion and cilantro leaves. Process until vegetables are uniformly chopped but still chunky. Stir in lime juice and add salt to taste.

Grill marinated chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. To serve, heap salsa over chicken breasts and garnish with cilantro sprigs.


4 servings

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