Every once in a while, I make a meal and realize “DANG IT! I should have been documenting this for the blog! It’s great!”
This happened last week when I threw together some left over cilantro and chicken with a squeeze of lime over all of it. What came out was a delicious chicken with a citrusy kick.
With this in mind, I picked up some fresh cilantro, a ripe lime, and some chicken tenders. I like cooking with tenders because it feels like they go further. Instead of cutting into a larger chicken breast, we can scoop out a few tenders to add to a salad or to put over rice.
When I made this last week, I cooked it in my favorite avocado oil but this week I pulled out my favorite butter instead. I find this Plugra butter cooks chicken like a dream. The chicken browns smoothly and ends up juicy and flavorful.
While the butter heats in the pan, I seasoned my chicken tenders in some Garlic Lovers seasoning from Flavor Gods. I toss them around in a generous coating and drop them into the pan when the butter is good and melted.
Cooking the chicken tenders on medium in the butter, I chop up the cilantro and slice the lim in half. I don’t cook the chicken in the cilantro for very long. I fact, I leave the cilantro and lime for the very end after both sides of the chicken have browned.
It takes maybe 5-6 minutes on each side in the Plugra to get the right brown coloring and the chicken is about 95% cooked through. THEN I throw on the cilantro. Right towards the end.
As the cilantro starts to wilt a little I squeeze the lime over the chicken and then turn the chicken over one last time.
In the end I’m left with tender, juicy, flavorful chicken cooked perfectly and ready for our lunches for the week!
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