Put a healthier flavorful twist on the already great for you chicken breast. I know so many people who are sick of meal prepping chicken breast because they find it bland and uninspiring to work with. Actually, chicken is an awesome blank canvas that is super versatile and can pick flavors up especially when marinated for hours. That is what this recipe is all about! A delicious cilantro garlic based marinade that takes the average chicken breast to a whole other level of tenderness and tastiness!
Servings: 2-3 people
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup cilantro with stems
3 garlic cloves
1 medium onion
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp Sazon seasoning
1/4 cup avocado oil (olive oil is fine)
1 tsp lemon
1/2 an eggplant cut into cubes
1 zucchini sliced
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp olive oil
- Prep the chicken by cleaning the fat off of it and slicing each large chicken breast into about 3 pieces. The smaller the piece; the quicker it will cook and more likely have more flavor.
- Make the marinade by placing a cup of cilantro, garlic cloves, sazon seasoning, oil, lemon, and cumin into a food processor. Pulse for about 30 seconds.
- Pour marinade over the chicken which should be placed in a large zip lock bag. Seal and shake the bag and massage the chicken. Place int he fridge for at least 6 hours or better yet overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a large cast iron skillet, add 2 tbsp olive oil and heat the pan on medium flame. Add the pieces of chicken breast to coat the pan. Sear the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Add the diced up vegetables that have been drizzled with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the skillet. Fit it in between the chicken or lift some chicken and place underneath.
- Place the cast iron skillet into the oven and let it bake for 25-30 minutes till the chicken is fully cooked. Make sure to check on the chicken; you do not want to overcook chicken breast. It becomes super dry. *If you do not have a cast iron; use a nonstick skillet but then transfer the chicken and vegetables to a baking dish before placing in oven. You can also entirely omit searing your meat and just place in a baking dish from the get go with the veggies. I happen to like a nice sear; adds some extra flavor.
Enjoy on its own or with some rice 🙂