Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken with Peach Pico de Gallo


This grilled cilantro lime chicken is a summer’s night dream.

grilled cilantro lime chicken with peach pico de gallo

You know I’m all about the non-boring chicken dinners, right?!

Well, this one isn’t fancy but it’s flavorful and perfect for hot summer nights.

cilantro lime marinade ingredients

Ever since I made our favorite tortellini salad (ever!), we’ve become hooked on the cilantro lime vinaigrette. It is SO good and even though I really like cilantro, I don’t think it’s very cilantro-y. Like I know people who don’t love cilantro and even they enjoy that dressing in the tortellini salad.

So then, I started using it as a marinade! I have a recipe with steak and cilantro lime marinade coming up in my next book, so I figured… why not throw some chicken in there as well.

chicken marinating in cilantro lime dressing

This is one of my quintessential summer dinners. I mean, honestly, many nights I could just eat corn on the cob and tomatoes with mozzarella and call it a day. The fresh, summery garden produce just calls to me right now like nothing else.

Of course (shocker), it’s not even to sustain Eddie for dinner, so I have to get creative. Many days I just have no desire to turn on the oven. I will make as MANY things on the grill that I can, even if they seem a but outlandish. But it works, I swear.

diced peaches

This chicken (you can use breasts or thighs!) is marinated a cilantro lime vinaigrette, grilled to perfection and served with a peach pico de gallo on top.

YUM.

peach pico de gallo

If you have a copy of The Pretty Dish, then you know that how much I love a good peach salsa. The version in my book uses corn, and I make a different version every week. But I can say with certainty that it is something I make every.single.week in the summer. Friends just die over it. It’s fresh, sweet, spicy – so good with chips. 

This one is pretty darn simple – it’s essentially a pico de gallo with diced peaches thrown in. I CRAVE this. It’s sweet and spicy and crunchy and limey. The sweetness that the peaches add? Phenomenal. And I never even knew I wanted something sweet in my pico!

grilled cilantro lime chicken with peach pico de gallo

It looks like a bit of a boring dinner but if you’re someone who loves a quick summer dish that can be made mostly on the grill, here you go! I like to throw a few ears of corn on the grill along with the chicken to complete the meal. You can eat it as is, chop it all up and throw it on a salad, mix it in a rice bowl – anything! 

And I mean, it definitely leaves room for ice cream after.

grilled cilantro lime chicken with peach pico de gallo

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Yield: 4 people

This grilled cilantro lime chicken is juicy and flavorful and topped with a spicy, sweet peach pico de gallo! Perfect for summer nights.

cilantro lime chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

peach pico de gallo

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 peach, diced
  • 1 shallot. diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, freshly juiced
  • pinch of salt and pepper

cilantro lime chicken

  1. Place the chicken in a bowl, baking dish or resealable bag.

  2. Combine the cilantro lime juice, honey, garlic, salt, pepper, pepper flakes and olive oil in a blender until combined. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Let it marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

  3. Preheat the grill to high for at least 10 minutes. I like mine around 500 or 550 degrees!

  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and let any excess drip off. Place the chicken on the grates and grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

  5. While the chicken grills, I also like to throw some corn on the cob directly on the grill. I grill it for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

  6. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes then slice it and serve with the peach pico on top.

peach pico de gallo

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. You can make this a day ahead of time – it’s great even if it sits for 10 to 15 minutes!

grilled cilantro lime chicken with peach pico de gallo

Could eat that pico with a spoon.



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