At the moment, if I had to choose my favourite herb, and I can only choose one, it would be fresh coriander (or cilantro, for my State side readers). I just adore it's grassy freshness. It's utterly delicious. But funny thing, when I was little, I hated it for some reasons. I guess our palate changes with time.
I felt like something light and fresh for lunch today and I prepared this quick and tasty little dish. It doesn't take long time to marinate; otherwise, the acid from the lime juice will start to cook the chicken. Two hours maximum, I reckon. I prepped this in the morning after gym. I got on with regular house chores and by the time I finished, the chickens are ready for the hot grill.
The chicken would go nicely with crunchy salad on the side and flatbread, or perhaps nutty brown rice. But I wanted something heartier, so I opted with Nigella Lawson's Mock Mash from Nigellissima. No potatoes are harmed in the making of this mash. Instead, it's made of semolina. It takes minutes to prepare and definitely takes a lot less effort than making the real mash potatoes.
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 small clove of garlic, finely minced or grated
Zest and juice of 1 lime
2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoon olive oil, regular not extra virgin
Salt and white pepper to taste
A small handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients (minus the fresh coriander) together and give it a good mix. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for a couple of hours or so in the fridge.
Take out the chicken and let it come back to almost room temperature before grilling. In the meantime, heat up the grill.
Grill the chicken for around 8 minutes per side or until cooked. Cooking time varies depending on the size of your chicken thighs. Serve with vessel of your choice, and top with chopped fresh coriander and more limes to squeeze over.