Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lime-Cilantro Grilled Chicken #recipe #bookgiveaway from Linda Wiken, author

I've got a real thing about limes! I'll readily admit it. I love the color and tartness so you may have already noticed I readily substitute a lime
for a lemon whenever possible.

This time, I didn't need to pull a switch. This recipe, which I found somewhere on line, some time ago, but I neglected to note just where it was lurking. I've done some tweaking, as usual, and it was a hit both times I've served the dish.

Besides the marinade, there's a lime-cilantro butter that's easy to pull together, and it adds the perfect, final touch. I've made the chicken to go with pasta and veggies, as shown, and also with potato and green salads. These measurements will serve 4, although I did only 3.

What you'll need:

4 chicken breasts, de-boned and skinless
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium lime
1 1/2 tbsp. cilantro leaves, chopped

For the lime-cilantro butter:

6 tbsp. softened butter
1 small shallot, minced
1 small lime
3 tbsp. cilantro leaves, chopped
Pepper, salt and cayenne to taste

What to do:

Start with the butter. Grate 1/2 tsp. lime zest and use a reamer to get 1 1/2 tsp. juice. Stir the zest and juice into the butter. Peel the shallot, then mince and add to the butter. Stir in the cilantro then season using salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Set aside in refrigerator until ready to use. (This can easily be made the day before.)

On to the chicken! Place 2 tbsp. lime juice in a baking dish then stir in the olive oil and cilantro. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with sea salt and black pepper, the place them in the dish and turn to coat both sides. Cover and let breasts rest at room temperature for at least 1/2 hour.

Heat the BBQ and then grill the chicken breasts approximately 8-10 minutes per side. Remove and let sit, covered for 3 minutes.

Plate and add a large dollop of lime-cilantro butter on top of each breast.  Enjoy!

In just six months, book #3 of the Dinner Club Mysteries, Marinating in Murder, will be released! To celebrate, I'm giving away your choice of a copy of Toasting Up Trouble OR Roux the Day. Just leave a comment along with your email address. A random draw will take place tomorrow at 5 PDT.
U.S. and Canadian entries only, please.

 Coming March, 2018
Marinating in Murder, book #3

ROUX THE DAY, A Dinner Club Mystery is now available in paper and as an e-book. 
Recipes included!

The first in the Dinner Club Mysteries is available at your favorite bookstore and on-line, as a paperback and as an e-book.  
Recipes included!

Writing as Erika Chase -- the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series are available on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

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  1. Another great recipe; and I'd especially love to read Toasting Up Trouble!

  2. Sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  3. Looks yummy! This is a new to me series. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Appetizing recipe. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Lime and cilantro are my fave tastes, Linda! Thanks for a delicious recipe. I'm off to tell the world! XO

  6. Love this recipe - easy and different. Thank you.

  7. Please enter me.
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

  8. Great recipe. Right up our alley. Would love to be able to read Roux the Day. Thanks for a chance to get it. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

  9. My father always argued that anything a lemon can do, a lime can do better.

  10. Thanks for the recipe - sounds delicious!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  11. Lime and cilantro - the best!
    grammyd01 (at) comcast (dot) net

  12. This recipe looks so yummy!!! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the chance to win too!

  13. This marinade does sound yummy & I like simple.

  14. Thanks for another great recipe. I would love to win Roux The Day. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. The chicken sounds tasty. I'm always looking for new ways to prepare it. Thanks. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  16. Recipe sounds delicious! Would really like to read "Toasting Up Trouble".

  17. Looks like a delicious recipe. It's always good to have something new to do with chicken. Haven't read this series yet. Looks delicious as well. Thanks.

  18. Thanks for the great recipe and the chance to win a copy of your book.

  19. What a great recipe--my family would love it. And I'd love Toasting Up Trouble, because I love cozies and like starting with the first in a series. Thanks!

  20. I love limes, too! This summer I switched my homemade lemonade recipe to half lemon/half lime and it's delicious (I throw some fresh berries in the pitcher, too!). Thank you for the chicken recipe, I'm always looking for new grilling marinades. Have a lovely weekend! Nicole :-)

  21. This recipe looks superb!
    I'd love to win Toasting Up Trouble.

  22. Thanks for the recipe.
    Sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  23. Love limes. Hate cilantro. Meh. But this recipe can be tweaked and it does look like a good one.

  24. This recipe looks great. I would love win either of the books - I really enjoy this series!

  25. This is a recipe that my hubby would cook for us sounds so good. Thanks for the chance to win one of your books and review on amazon and goodreads!

  26. Lime always looks so good with things...yum! It makes me think of Lime pie...thanks for the chance to win a book...