August 19, 2008

Zesty Lime Marinated Chicken

A few years back, My Husband was told he had high cholesterol. Initially, the doctor said we should change his diet to lower it that way rather than putting him on medication. I went in search of cookbooks that would help do this and give me some ideas on what changes we should make so that we would both be eating more healthfully. In my search, I found the Don't Eat Your Heart Out Cookbook by Joseph C. Piscatella.

This cookbook is really thorough in the information it provides on changes you should make to keep your heart healthy or to regain heart health. The first section of the book provides in-depth information on the heart and coronary arteries in addition to meal planning and ingredient substitutions to increase heart health. The next section is where you get recipes that include everything from appetizers to desserts. Each recipe details the nutritional information so that you can easily incorporate it into a lower calorie diet or whatever plan you might be following. It covers everything and all of the recipes are simple to prepare with ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. The focus is on preparing your own foods rather than purchasing pre-made products.

I mentioned the other day that I had purchased a large bag of lemons that I wanted to make sure I used during the next couple of weeks. I also had picked up some nice looking limes and didn't want them to go to waste either. When I was paging through my cookbook I came upon one of my marked pages for Grilled Chicken with Fresh Lime. This recipe is quick and easy to put together and the marinade infuses the chicken with the flavors in as little as one hour, which is all I had tonight.

The result from even 1 hour of marinating the chicken is a moist and tangy flavor. I don't think the rosemary added much to the flavor, perhaps using fresh rosemary would bring that out more. This is a perfect dish for a summer night. We are still enjoying some unusually cool weather of an evening here so dinner outside the last couple of nights has been a requirement. Soon as dinner is over, all of the kids in the neighborhood are out riding bikes and the parents are all chatting outside. A really nice way to cap off a busy day.
grilled chicken with fresh lime

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Lime
Adapted from: Don't Eat Your Heart Out Cookbook by Joseph C. Piscatella

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts - thinly sliced (or pounded thin)
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
Juice of 2 lemons
2 teaspoons EVOO
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine lime juice, lemon juice, EVOO and black pepper in a gallon size plastic bag. Add chicken and turn to ensure all pieces have been coated. Allow to marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator - can marinate overnight if you have time.

Heat grill to medium-high heat. Spray grill with cooking spray, then add chicken breasts. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes on each side, or until cooked thoroughly.

Check out these blogs for some other recipes perfect for grilling while summer is still here:

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon at Dinners for a Year and Beyond
Grilled Chicken Cajun Salad at A Corner of My Kitchen
Portobello Burgers at Enlightened Cooking


That Girl said...

Yum! Lime is one of my favorite chicken combos. I like it with tequila too.

Jenny said...

What perfect combinations for chicken. Maybe I'll fire up the grill tomorrow!

Joelen said...

I like the simplicity of this dish and its a bonus it's healthy too!

Patsyk said...

that girl - lime and tequla? Goes w/o saying! ;)

Jenny - my boys ate it up, so I'm sure yours will, too!

Joelen - the simplicity of the marinade is what attracted me to the dish... the healthy aspect is a nice bonus!

Deborah said...

I wish I was eating outside at night! I desperately want some patio furniture! This sounds delicious!

outdoorgriller said...

i have a recipe for mojo chicken and it has lemon and orange juice in it you can find it at

EAT! said...

I'm always on the lookout for quick, tasty recipes. This recipe looks prefect for this time of year. I'm also going to check out that cookbook.

Prudy said...

That sounds and looks wonderful and healthy.

Dragon said...

Simple and delicious. What's not to like?

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