Grilled Tomatillo Chicken Recipe
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Grilled Tomatillo Chicken Recipe

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This winning dish gets its flavorful kick from a tomatillo mixture jazzed up with lime juice, cilantro and jalapeno. Dollop with sour cream and serve over rice for a memorable meal. —Audrey Kinne, Elkhart, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 tomatillos, husks removed, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 6 pickled jalapeno slices, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 324 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 595mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 41g protein


  1. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub the grill rack to coat lightly. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°. Top with cheese; cook 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted.
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add the tomatillos, lime juice, jalapenos and garlic; cook 3 minutes longer. Stir in the cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper.
  3. Serve tomatillo mixture and chicken with rice; dollop with sour cream if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Tomatillo Chicken in Taste of Home June/July 2010, p53

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"Yum, yum, yum! This was perfectly tart from the tomatillos and perfectly spicy from the jalapenos. I only used the juice from one lime, which I suspect is about 1/2 of what the recipe called for, and I used sweet and spicy jalapenos. It was perfect!!"

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"This was wonderful, it was a little tart from all the lime but I added a little sugar and it was perfect."

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2010

"i made th recipe exactly as it said maybe except the salt part cause i did add a bit more salt and im glad i did. next time i make this recipe i will cut down on the lime juice cause it was just to sour, but overall its an ok recipe, not my favorite!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"This recipe was delicious and flavorful. A keeper! Next time I may try with thinner chicken breasts (ours were 8-9oz each) and possibly lightly seasoning the chicken before putting on the grill."

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2010

"I loved this! I thought it was super simple and the flavors were fabulous! Even wrote about it on my own (humble) food blog! Thanks!Big Smile"

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