Sunday, March 2, 2014

Pan Fried Chicken Breasts with Spicy Cilantro Dressing

Pan fried chicken breasts are a great option for any night of the week. Simply brown the breasts in olive oil and butter then bake in the oven to fully cook.  
In this recipe a simple cilantro-oregano spicy lime dressing is added to chicken while it sits to cool and absorb the dressings flavors.  A quick and easy solution to adding more flavor to an already delicious simple meal.

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes


2 Boneless Chicken Breast with Skin
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (divided)
1 Tablespoon Butter
2 Serrano Peppers chopped
1/2 Cup Cilantro chopped
1/4 Cup Fresh Oregano chopped
Lime Zest from 1 Lime

Lime wedges for serving

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Season the chicken breasts with salt and freshly ground pepper.  In a large oven-safe skillet heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and butter on the stove top over high heat.   When the butter is melted and the oil is shimmering hot, add the chicken breasts to the pan skin side down.  After 3 minutes, flip the chicken breasts over skin side up.   Let the chicken cook for another 4 minutes.  Then transfer the skillet into the oven to bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and a quick read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breasts reads 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  

While the chicken bakes in the oven combine the Serrano peppers, cilantro, oregano, lime zest, 1 tablespoon lime juice and the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in a large bowl.  Whisk the ingredients together until well combined.  Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.  

Spread out half the cilantro-oregano dressing onto a large plate.  Add the cooked chicken breasts on top of the cilantro dressing right after removing it from the oven.  Pour the remaining cilantro dressing over to cover the chicken breasts.  Let sit for about 10 minutes.

Serve the chicken breasts in cilantro-oregano dressing with lime wedges on the side.  Enjoy.

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