Saturday, April 30, 2011

Grilled Mojito Lime Chicken with Fresh Black Bean Salsa

I was never a big fan of cilantro until about 2 years ago.  The smell of it used to make me choke and it tasted like soap to me.  I read somewhere that you have to have a bitter taste perception gene to like cilantro.
There is actually a website for people that hate cilantro!

I have neighbors and friends from Costa Rica and enjoyed their food at parties and BBQ's and I guess I've acquired a taste for it now.  No latin dish with be authentic or taste the same without it.  We took a trip to Costa Rica a few years ago.  It's a beautiful country.

The hacienda where we stayed

Here is the Marinade:
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
Combine all ingredients and marinate 2 lbs. thinly sliced chicken breasts.  Marinate for at least one hour.

Costa Rican Transportation

While chicken is marinating, prepare the Black Bean Salsa.
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 Tbs. chopped, fresh jalapeno
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 15-oz. can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix all the above ingredients in a medium size bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

My outside grill is still covered with snow, so I took out my handy, dandy GF grill.  I actually think it did a better job.  The chicken was juicy and I saved the drippings that were in the drip tray to pour over the chicken.  Serve with tortilla chips or soft flour tortillas.

Original Post was in February.


  1. This looks SO good Patti. I definitely think Cilantro has been an acquired taste for me as well but I definitely enjoy it more now than I used to. I really like the sound of this recipe. My brother is a Mojito fanatic. Her really does make the best Mojitos. I'm gonna make sure he gets this recipe - he'll LOVE it!

  2. What a soothing setting here love ciantro and mohito's Im all ready!

  3. I like Costa Ricas mode of transportation. Your chicken looks great! I havent made up my mind about cilantro. I do love a good mojito!

  4. Your recipe looks like a delicious use for cilantro, which I agree is indeed an aquired taste. Thank you for sharing the recipe and your lovely photos.

  5. This sounds great! I missed the cilantro gene too. A friend that's big into southwestern cuisine said I'd never acquire the taste... I do pick a small leaf every time I go to the nursery and pop it into my mouth, I might plant some this year-you know, kinda as a science experiment:@)

  6. I love ALL the ingredients, LIME, CILANTRO, etc. etc! This sounds so tangy, spicy, tasty! Thanks for sharing! I'm saving this for our grilling 'to do' list of recipes!

  7. This looks wonderful! I used to live in CR and didn't get to try this fab cuisine, but I do love lime based dishes. Thanks so much for linking up to Friday Potluck!

  8. I love every thing about this! I don't remember a time that I didn't love cilantro, so I'm all over this one!
    Wouldn't this be good in a wrap? Yum.


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