Rental Frustration and Grilled Cilantro Chicken

I’m trying to find a rental home in Honolulu, and it’s been a little difficult to find a place that is large enough for our family and dog-friendly.  I’ve been scouring Craigslist and the local newspaper, and hope that something will become available when the time comes!  These things tend to work out, it’s only the uncertainty that makes it a bit stressful 🙂

This chicken cheered me up!  It’s a wonderful combination of flavors…cilantro, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, yum!  And prepared on the grill (or in the broiler if you don’t have a grill), it gets a nice smoky flavor.


It couldn’t be simpler to prepare either.  Just put your cilantro, garlic, soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil and squeeze of lime juice into your food processor and let it go!


It forms a nice paste/marinade, that you then pour into a plastic bag with your chicken breast.  Massage it around to make sure the chicken is covered in the marinade, and set aside in the fridge for 30 minutes, longer if you have it.


Then, heat up your grill or broiler, and place the chicken breasts on the hot grill.  We did some red peppers on the side too!  We had a lot of fun sitting outside and playing in the yard with our daughter and Kona, our rambunctious yellow lab, while the meat was cooking.  This hummingbird was watching us from a nearby bush, can you see him?


Grill until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.


Patrick did a really nice job on this chicken, it was perfectly moist and tender inside and cooked all the way through.  I ate mine with a big salad for a light and healthy meal, although I think a side of rice or couscous would be perfect!

I hope you put this into your summer grilling rotation!!

Grilled Cilantro Chicken

Adapted from Artsy-Foodie

1 pound chicken breast

1/2 cup cilantro

1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon mirin (Japanese rice wine, optional)

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

Squeeze of lime

Put cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin, garlic, and lime juice into food processor.  Process until smooth.  Place your chicken breasts in a plastic bag and pour marinade over the chicken.  Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, longer if you have it.  Grill or broil until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Enjoy!


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