Black Bean Salad with Grilled Cilantro Chicken
This salad is fresh and citrusy while the chicken is flavorful and savory. This takes a bit of preparation to make sure you give the chicken enough time to marinate, but the results are wonderful. This chicken would also be great over a green salad. Enjoy!
*This recipe can be used while on the diabetes or weight loss programs
Great source of protein
Great source of fiber
Excellent source of vitamins E and C
Rich in antioxidants
For chicken: (Makes 4 servings)
4 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz. (1 lb) boneless skinless chicken breast
4 tbsp. Chopped cilantro
1 lime, juiced
½ tsp. Salt
⅛ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. Onion powder
For the salad: (makes 4 servings)
1 can low sodium black beans, drained ½ cup red onion, finely chopped 1 medium roma tomato, chopped 3 Tbs. cilantro, chopped ¼ cup fresh lemon juice salt, to taste black pepper to taste
Directions for the chicken:
Prepare the marinade:Mix together the garlic, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper, onion powder and smoked paprika.
Prepare the chicken: Pound the chicken so it is the same height all around (this will help it to cook evenly) Next, poke the chicken 2-3 times per side with a fork.
Pour marinade over the chicken and mix so that all the chicken has some marinade.
Marinade for 1 hour, flipping halfway through to ensure an even marinade.
Spray a grill pan or grill with a bit of non stick coconut oil spray. Heat to medium-medium high.
Cook until done or internal temperature reaches 165 degrees fahrenheit. (about 5-6 minutes per side)
Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before cutting
For the salad:
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill until ready to eat.
*Serving size is 4 oz. of chicken and ¼ of the salad.
Tip: This is a great make-ahead lunch to have on hand during the week