When I asked my son to help me pick a name for this meal he came up with Chicken ala Monkey and he had this big smile on his face (he thought it was so funny). But a monkey chicken dish could confuse people so I went with Southwest Grilled Chicken, which is a simple 30 minute marinated grilled chicken topped with avocado and pico de gallo layered on top of cilantro lime rice. It seriously is just as good (better) than the picture looks.
Chicken and rice is always my go to easy and healthy weeknight meal. I pair it with a vegetable and know that my kids will gobble it down. I really can't go wrong with chicken and rice, ever! It also makes for a great "base" to build upon and layer flavors. If you have a chipotle in your town you are probably too familiar with their iconic cilantro lime rice. I've been making it for years but lately I feel like it's been perfected. You can grab that recipe here.
This is the perfect spring/summer dish. If you are trying to keep things lighter than this is a definite must have in your dinner lineup. Because the avocado and pico de gallo have so much flavor it boosts the whole meal. You can cut up some limes and squeeze fresh lime juice over everything. For a quick pico de gallo recipe you can use this one but ignore the part about discarding the insides of the tomatoes, just throw it all in a bowl to make things easy!
Make sure to let me know how you enjoyed this one!
1lb chicken breast
¼ tsp cumin
1/8 tsp chili powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp olive oil
easy pico de gallo
3 tomatoes, chopped
½ white onion, chopped
handful of cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, chopped in thick pieces
1/2 lime, juiced
1/4 lemon, juiced
½ tsp salt + more
Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
Trim chicken breast and place both pieces in a Ziploc bag
Using a meat mallet, thin the chicken so they are the same thickness and about ½ inch thick or so (if they are too thick the outside can burn and the inside will be raw)
Add to the bag all the ingredients in the “chicken rub”
Let this sit for 30 minutes
Prepare the pico de gallo and set it aside in the fridge
Prepare the cilantro lime rice using this recipe
Grab a grill pan and heat it over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil
Place the chicken breasts on the pan and cook until it looks like the chicken is cooked half way through
Flip and continue cooking until the center is not pink
Let it sit 10 minutes before serving
Squeeze lime juice over the chicken
Add rice to a bowl, followed by a chicken breast and top it with a big scoop of the avocado pico de gallo