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Grilled Tomatillo Chicken Recipe

Grilled Tomatillo Chicken Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!"

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"Wanted to try this recipe so I could harvest some of my cilantro before it went to seed. Sure glad I did. This was so delicious and there were layers of flavor. My husband gave it his stamp of approval "It's like there's a party in my mouth!" I also served it with some homemade salsa and tortilla chips."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"The only problem with this recipe is I had to plan ahead for making this because it calls for quite a few items that I don't normally purchase when I go to the store. It was well worth it though. I will definitely be making this again."

Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"I have never cooked with tomatillos before, so I was a little nervous. But it actually turned out pretty good! I didn't find it difficult at all and thought the flavors went well together. I did not substitute or add any other ingredients -- just made it as is. I would make this again for sure."

Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"I found the sauce harder to make and don't usually keep tomatillos on hand, so it's not something you can just throw together. Nice flavor though and fun to try something different."

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