Fiesta Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Fiesta Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa is easy, bright, healthy and bursting with flavor! The chicken is bathed in aromatic Mexican spices spiked with olive oil, lime juice and lime zest for a vibrant, tangy, chicken recipe worthy of a fiesta! Depending on your time, you can cook the chicken after just 30 minutes or marinate for longer – then it’s just a quick cook and you get to enjoy an effortless dinner! The Fiesta Lime Chicken is complimented by bright, creamy, crunchy Avocado Salsa to create the perfect balance of flavor and texture in each bite. In addition to serving this Fiesta Lime chicken with avocado salsa, I’ve also included TONS of ideas from tacos, to burritos, to quesadillas, and on and on.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Fiesta Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Ingredients
  • 1pound chicken breastspounded to an even thickness
Fiesta Lime Rub
  • 2tablespoons olive oil
  • 2tablesoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • Lime zest from 1 lime
  • 1tsp EACH chili powder, brown sugar
  • 3/4teaspoon salt
  • 1/2tsp EACH ground cumin, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder
  • 1-4-1/2teaspoon chipotle chili powderoptional for more heat
  • 1/4teaspoon pepper
Avocado Salsa
  • 2 medium avocados ripe but firmchopped
  • 1cup cherry tomatoes, quarteredOR 2 Roma tomatoes seeded, chopped
  • fresh corn from 1 ear sweet corn
  • 1/3cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepperchopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepperdiced, seeds separated
  • 2tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, mincedor 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4tsp EACH ground cumin, salt
  • 1/8tsp pepperor more to taste
Instructions
Fiesta Lime Chicken
  1. In a small bowl, whisk chicken rub ingredients together and rub evenly all over chicken breasts. Timer permitting, allow chicken to sit for 30 minutes at room temperature or refrigerate up to 8 hours then bring to room temperature for before cooking.* Prepare Avocado Salsa during this time (instructions below).
  2. STOVETOP DIRECTIONS
  3. If chicken has been refrigerated, let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (time permitting).
  4. Grease and heat an indoor grill pan or skillet over medium high heat. Once very hot, add chicken and cook, undisturbed for 3-5 minutes, or until nicely browned (or blackened if you prefer) on one side.
  5. Turn chicken over, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook for approximately 5-7 more minutes (depending on thickness of chicken), or until chicken is cooked through. Remove to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Garnish with extra fresh lime juice if desired.
  6. GRILLING DIRECTIONS
  7. If chicken has been refrigerated, let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (time permitting).
  8. Meanwhile, grease and preheat the grill to medium heat, 375-450°F.
  9. Grill chicken undisturbed for for 5-7 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. (An inserted thermometer should read 165 degrees F.)
  10. Remove chicken from grill and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
Avocado Salsa
  1. Toss all of the ingredients except for the avocados in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes up to 24 hours.
  2. When ready to serve, gently fold in avocados. Taste and add additional salt, pepper and add desired amount of jalapeno seeds for more heat (optional).
Recipe Notes

*Chicken is still delicious even if cooked immediately but is more flavorful the longer the rub marinates.  If you have extra large chicken breasts, slice them through the equator to create fillets.

STORAGE:

I recommend serving your Avocado Salsa right away and not assembling in advance because the avocados will gradually turn brown.  If you need to store leftovers, then store in an airtight container with a piece of plastic wrap pressed directly on the surface of the salsa.  This will help decrease the speed at which the avocados brown due to oxidation.   When properly stored in the refrigerator, Avocado Salsa will last for 1 to 2 days.

If you’re salsa is turning brown before you can get to it, this doesn’t mean it’s gone bad, it just means it’s oxidizing.  You can still eat it or you can add it all to a blender and create a salad dressing or dip.

PREP AHEAD:  

While the Fiesta Lime chicken is marinating, you can prep the Avocado Salsa without the avocados.   Combine everything BUT the avocados in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.   When ready to serve, simply chop your avocados and gently stir in.