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Grilled Butterflied Chicken Breasts with Cilantro-Lime Butter


Serves two.

  • To learn more, read:
    Grilled Chicken
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 65

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro; plus 2 large sprigs for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated lime zest
  • 1/4 tsp. Green Tabasco or other jalapeño hot sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 large (8 oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, rinsed and patted dry, tenderloins removed, butterflied
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

In a small bowl, mash the butter, chopped cilantro, lime zest, Tabasco, and 1/4 tsp. kosher salt with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to form a smooth butter. Scrape onto a piece of plastic and roll and twist the plastic to shape the butter into a short log. Refrigerate until firm enough to slice, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the butterflied chicken in a shallow nonreactive pan or on a plate. Season with 3/4 tsp. salt and drizzle with the lime juice and olive oil. Let the chicken sit for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a gas grill to high. Lay the chicken breasts on the hot grill and cook, covered, until they have grill marks, 1-1/2 minutes. With tongs, rotate the chicken 90 degrees (to get a crosshatch of grill marks), and continue grilling until grill marks form, 1-1/2 more minutes. Flip the breasts and cook the second side in the same way but for a little less time, grilling for 1 minute in one direction and 1 minute in another, until cooked through. Immediately transfer the chicken to two warm serving plates, thinly slice the chilled butter, and arrange the butter slices all over the top of the chicken. Garnish with the cilantro sprigs and serve immediately.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on two servings, Calories (kcal): 290, Fat (kcal): 21, Fat Calories (g): 190, Saturated Fat (g): 9, Protein (g): 23, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10, Carbohydrates (mg): 1, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 2, Sodium (g): 1220, Cholesterol (g): 95, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Scott Phillips

This was really good but nothing to really get to excited about. It was easy and quick to make.

absolutely delicious!! I used franks chili lime hot sauce. Great for entertaining, everyone can put their own desired amount of butter on their piece!

I Loved this chicken! I will make this lime butter to keep handy for Everything! Can't wait to try it on fish

Quick, easy and delicious! I would not change a thing.

simple and tasty! a definite do-over!

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