Pinterest Challenge 2016 – Garlic Parmesan Chicken with Cilantro Lime Rice

This week’s Pinterest Challenge Recipe was chosen out of necessity.

It was a Wednesday afternoon, it was my turn to make dinner (I am blessed to have a husband that is willing to make dinner a couple of nights a week).

We had some chicken in the fridge so I knew my protein and I had picked up some limes and cilantro and limes in an impulse “I’m going to make guacamole” purchase.

 

Quick Guacamole Recipe

The guacamole did not happen BUT it provided me with the ingredients for not one but two new recipes to try.

Normally I not very confident in attempting to create more than one recipe at a shot but this week I decided to bite the bullet.  What came together was a simple weeknight meal that was done – start to finish in about 40 minutes (it took a bit of time to mince the garlic and cilantro)

The dinner consisted of Garlic Parmesan Chicken and a side of Cilantro Lime Rice.   What I also liked about these two recipes are that they can be modified pretty easy depending on how many people you are cooking for (and whether or not you want you want enough for leftovers the next day)

I did cheat a little and used boxed Rice a Roni as I could not find our brown rice container, and the countdown to dinner had begun.

It turned out to be a quick weeknight meal that was full of flavor and made with the ingredients I had on hand.

This week’s two recipes also gave me a confidence boost – confirming that as long as I have all the ingredients ready to go – I can bang out more than one “new” recipe.

Enjoy and if you do try and make these dishes, let me know how they turn out!

THE RECIPES

Garlic Parmesaun Chicken
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Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Garlic Parmesaun Chicken
Print Recipe
Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Season cut up chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Set aside and let "marinate" for 15 minutes
  2. Add olive oil to a saute pan. Heat on medium high and add garlic. Saute garlic for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Add chicken breasts in a single layer. Do not disturb for 3 minutes. Then saute chicken until cooked about 3/4 of the way through (The chicken should have a little pink remaining)
  4. Add parmesan cheese and roughly chopped spinach. Cover the pan and let sit for 5 minutes or until spinach wilts.
  5. Season with additional cheese and/or salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with you favorite side dish (Such as Cilantro Lime Rice)
Recipe Notes

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CIlantro Lime Rice
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Servings
2
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings
2
Cook Time
25 minutes
CIlantro Lime Rice
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Servings
2
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings
2
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Prepare the Rice a Roni as directed (I omitted adding the butter - I never think it needs it)
  2. While Rice is cooking, mice your cilantro and juice your lime. If you want a little extra kick - remove some of the zest from the lime
  3. When the rice is fully cooked, fluff with a fork. Add lime juice, zest (optional), and cilantro to the rice.
  4. Stir to combine. Cover and let sit for about 5 minutes to let the flavors combine.
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