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My family loves this lime chicken in tacos and on salads and nachos. The chicken caramelizes when cooked in the lime juice, creating browned, slightly crispy edges with a tender and juicy interior.
Author: Itsy Bitsy Foodies
Recipe type: Main Course
The lime marinade caramelizes when the chicken is cooked, creating browned and tender bites of chicken for salads, nachos, burritos and more.
- 3 chicken breasts (or 4 chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat)
- 3 limes, juiced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp oil
- Pound the chicken breasts.
- Add the chicken, salt and lime juice to a Ziploc bag.
- Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
- Heat the oil on high.
- Reserve the marinade.
- Sear the chicken for about 3 minutes on each side.
- Remove the chicken from the heat and chop it. (The chicken will still be raw in the center.)
- Reduce the heat to medium-high and add the chopped chicken back to the pan with a small portion of the marinade.
- Cook the chicken until it is browned and done. (Once the chicken is cooked all of the way through, you can dump out any remaining liquid to help the chicken caramelize.)