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Top down photo of tomatillo salsa on chicken with a coleslaw

Tomatillo Key Lime Chicken Sizzle

December 4, 2017

Tomatillo Key Lime Chicken Sizzle is a delicious party of flavors with freshly roasted tomatillo salsa topping for the grilled key lime marinated chicken breasts. 

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Top down photo of tomatillo salsa on chicken with a coleslaw

Wow, just the title is a mouth full....Tomatillo Key Lime Chicken Sizzle but it is so delicious. HWC Magazine first posted this recipe back in 2012 but was in a much needed update to the recipe instructions as we have simplified this process to get this meal down to a 30 minute meal. This bite is for you!

Sliced bite size tomatillo key lime chicken sizzle for you

We know the holidays are around the corner but what are you going to make for dinner the other 364 days of the year???  Tomatillo Key Lime Chicken Sizzle is a delicious recipe to rock out on Taco Tuesdays, parties, gatherings or just an easy nutritious week day meal. We served our meal with a quick and easy chopped cabbage, carrot and onion coleslaw with a cumin spiced vinaigrette.

Tomatillo Key Lime Chicken Sizzle is a delicious low carb, gluten-free and cardiac friendly meal.  Dairy free options available in the recipe instructions below.

Long photo of tomatillo key lime chicken sizzle

Have you ever used tomatillos in a recipe? Tomatillos, if you are not familiar with them are Mexican husk tomato (or sometimes also called a jam berry) and have a tart, fruity, and slightly herbal flavor when roasted. If eaten raw they are more acidic in flavor.

top down shot of tomatillos, onions, garlic to be roasted

Tomatillos are not green tomatoes. They actually come from a different nightshade plant and are covered with a paper husk. If you cannot find tomatillos at the market, you can substitute green tomatoes but it may be more tart and need additional seasonings.

Close up of raw unpeeled tomatillos in a wooden bowl

The roasted tomatillo salsa has a lot of action packed flavors going on, almost like a little party in your mouth. Chicken can be BORING but that is where sauces come to the rescue to brighten this ordinary protein and take it to the next level. Our 3 minute Vegan Sun Dried Tomato Pesto rocks drizzled over grilled chicken breasts too.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa in a black pan

We might have just accidentally created one of our favorite little sauces to hit the menu in Healthy World Cuisine. Roasted Tomatillo and Key Lime Cilantro green chili sauce is good all on its own but we decided to kick it up one more notch. Roasting any vegetables really adds some depth of flavor and sweetens the tomatillo and it gives the green chilies some natural smoky flavors. The fresh key lime and the cilantro adds a little sparkle. Then if that was not enough, we added a dab of butter and cream to make it smooth and creamy. You can thank us later...

Roasted tomatillos, onions, serrano and garlic on roasting pan

Roasted Tomatillo and Key Lime Cilantro Green Chili Sauce is the perfect accompaniment to anything grilled. Grilled Chicken, Grilled fish, grilled tofu and any grilled vegetables just rock with a little of this zesty and creamy sauce.

Tomatillo roasted salsa drizzling over the grilled chicken breasts

However the best part of this dish is that it is the perfect weeknight quick and easy dish that you can make in the winter in a grill pan or in good weather on the outside grill.

This sauce can be made in advance and put in the refrigerator or freezer for later use or even canned like salsa. If you marinade your chicken before you leave for work in the morning, you can have a full complete meal fit for a king in less than 30 minutes. Keep on reading to find out how to make this delicious Roasted Tomatillo and Key Lime Cilantro Salsa Chicken Sizzle...

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Tomatillo Key Lime Chicken Sizzle

By HWC Magazine  , , , , , ,   

December 4, 2017

Tomatillo Key Lime Chicken Sizzle is a delicious party of flavors with freshly roasted tomatillo salsa topping for the grilled key lime marinated chicken breasts.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults

Ingredients

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

tomatillo - 6- 8 - whole remove the outer casing, wash ((alternatives are green tomatoes, canned tomatillos, or even gooseberry and green pepper combo)

onion - 5 red pearl onions, or 1 small onion (whole do not peel)

serrano peppers - 2 - 3 large cut in half (do not peel)

garlic - 4-5 whole cloves left unpeeled

olive oil- 2 tablespoons

salt and pepper - to taste

key lime- 1 (juice of 1 lime or to taste)

cilantro - 1 large bunch or about 1/2 cup chopped

olive oil - 1/4 cup

butter - 2 teaspoons (or non-dairy margarine if you have dairy issues)

heavy cream or nondairy creamer - 1/3 cup

Chicken breasts

chicken breasts - 4

paprika - 1 teaspoon

garlic powder - 1 teaspoon

salt and pepper - as desired

Key lime zest- zest of 1 lime

fresh cilantro to garnish - optional

fresh limes to garnish - optional

Directions

1Preheat the oven to 204 degrees Celsius. (400 degrees F)

2Remove husks from the tomatillos and wash well.

3On a parchment (wax) paper lined baking sheet put the chiles, garlic, onion and tomatillos. Season with a little olive oil, and salt and pepper, to taste.

4Put on vegetables a rack about 1 or 2 inches from the heat, and cook, turning the vegetables once, until softened and slightly charred, about 5 to 7 minutes. Keep a close eye on them so they do not burn.

5When cool enough to handle, squeeze the garlic pulp from the roasted garlic into your food processor and discard the skin of the garlics, and pull off the tops of the chiles, remove the seeds and peel peppers and place in the food processor, discard the skin. Squeeze the the tops of delicious roasted tomatillos and allow the internal tomatillo pulp to go into the food processor but discard the skin. Add all the broiled ingredients(tomatillos, Serrano chili, garlic and onion) to a blender along with the fresh cilantro, lime salt and pepper to taste and a bit of olive oil and puree.

6Put the Roasted Tomatillo and Key Lime Cilantro Salsa aside. At this point you can put in refrigerator for later use, can the salsa or freeze it once it cools down.

7Marinate chicken breasts with olive oil, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and a little lime zest and set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes up to 24 hours to marinade.

8Grill chicken breasts over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes each side or until the juices run clear. (depends on how thick your chicken breasts are) We like to cut our chicken breasts lengthwise so they are thinner and cook quicker.

9Put the Roasted Tomatillo and Key Lime Cilantro Salsa in a small sauce pan on low heat and add 2 hearty teaspoons of butter and drizzle in about 3/4 cup of soy cream and salt and pepper to taste.

10Serve your sizzling grilled chicken with a drizzle of the Roasted Tomatillo and Key Lime Cilantro Salsa and bring a smile to your families' faces. Garnish with fresh cilantro and fresh limes as desired.

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  • What a zesty sauce Bam – I bet your boys are more than happy with grilled chicken now. I can imagine how this must be like a party in your mouth -scrumptious.
    Well done on capturing the rainbow – lovely!
    🙂 Mandy

    • My boys like spicy things, but I only like mild heat so this was a nice flavorful compromise. It is very rare to get a full rainbow end to end in view, I was delighted. Thanks and take care, BAM

  • Seriously good stuff here. That sauce is killer – so much flavor! And you’re right – a quick little sauce can turn something ordinary into the sublime. Good post – thank you.

    • Thank you a very happy accident. Actually I was just so excited to actually see tomatillos in the grocery store in Asia that I bought them before I had any idea of what I was going to do with them. I am glad I did. I have seen canned tomatillos in the store and these would work just as nice. I am thinking KitchenRiffs will have a great drink to pair with this chicken dish I am on my way to your website to make a plan for this upcoming weekend celebration on the balcony. Take Care, BAM

  • Hi Bam! I’ve never tasted tomatillo, actually that might not be a true statement, I assume the Mexican restaurants I’ve been to probably cook with tomatillo, but personally I’ve not cooked with them, so this recipe seems especially intriguing. I am trying to imagine the taste, is it savory, is it tarte? Just by the look of things, I am sure it’s super tasty!

    • Hello Jeno, Tomatillos are a little tart but get a nice smoky flavor when roasted.. When you roast the onions and the garlic it adds natural sweetness and the tomatillos and lime are tart and the green chili are spicy and then get a lovely smoky flavor when roasted. Of course the creaminess of the butter and cream balance the whole dish. So I guess the flavors are slightly smoky tart, sweet, spicy, savory and creamy. You have to love that going on in this dish. Take care, BAM

  • Bravo Bam! I’m so excited about your sauce. Looks absolutely delicious and I’m definitely going to make this one. Yummy! I think you are becoming a sauce guru yourself. 🙂 Thanks for the shout out, very kind of you and I really appreciate it! Have a wonderful week, Karista

    • Dear Sauce Guru thanks for the dear compliment and thanks for your inspiration! I have your sauce page booked marked and ready to go. Take Care, BAM

  • Your photos have me considering my vegetarianism I mean this recipe and that sauce look incredible 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Hello CCU, this sauce rocks over fried tofu and veggies. I tried that the next morning for my always unusual breakfast fare with the left over sauce and it was delightful. Take care, BAM

  • Key Lime Cilantro Salsa sounds so delicious!! I love everything in that title.

    Also, I know you have received an award from me but your blog is truly inspiring to me so I have awarded you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award 🙂
    Click on the link http://goo.gl/clxov or visit my blog. Congrats!

    • Thank you Lily Sue for thinking of me and for the award. I am certain you have a brew that would go perfect with this grilled chicken. Take Care, BAM

  • kickasscooking

    Indeed, a good sauce always makes the difference! Thanks for sharing this one..and Karist’as blog too! Just subscribe because the sauces on the homepage were so mouthwatering!

    • I think that should be our new motto. “Get Sauced!” Karista blog is always very inspiring. Take care, BAM

  • I just love rainbows, they always bring me such a sense of happiness and peace. I love the backdrop for this one. And your sauce sounds out of this world good. I can just imagine the creamy, spicy goodness. Fun way to make chicken fun!

    • Thank you Kristy. A complete photo accident. Actually this photo was taken just off my balcony. We call it the million dollar view…
      I hope you are surviving the new school year. Take Care,BAM

  • You had me at key lime cilantro salsa!

  • Oh my gosh! I soooooo wish I had checked your post BEFORE making dinner last night! We had chicken schnitzels baked with salsa and cheese, but this is AMAZING! I have a feeling Schnitzels will be served sooner than I thought.

    • Ohh Yum! My hungry teenage boys would love chicken schnitzels baked with salsa and cheese. As a matter of fact they are on their way to your house now. Batten down the hatches, lock the fridge! Just kidding Take care, BAM

  • This looks AMAZING, and I have to make this for my family – I can’t wait to try it, thanks so much for the recipe!!!

    • You are most welcome Dawn. I hope my measurements are okay as you know when I cook it is a little of this and little of that… So play with the seasoning until you get it to your liking. Take care, BAM

  • Behind every great dish is a spectacular sauce. This is definitely one of those sauces, BAM. And that photo of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor is really special, beautifully shot.

    • Bonjouno John and thank you. My photo was a very happy accident. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time. I can hardly compose myself but I have to share with you that I am going to be in Bologna,Italy for just a couple of days here this fall. Woo Hoo! Take care, BAM

      • That’s wonderful news!!!!!! I’m o happy for you! I’m heading in a couple inute for Michigan to visit my Zia. Be back next week. Buona Sera!

        • Enjoy those clear blue skies in Michigan and family. Take some time to unplug and relax. I am sure that one of these days our paths will cross and we can have an epic cooking day together. Until then…take Care, BAM

  • Mich – Piece of Cake

    Oh wow Bam, your chicken looks so good with that lime sauce, I can just imagine how tasty it is!

    • Thanks so much. I think I could eat anything even liver if you put this sauce on it! Take care, BAM

  • Had to smile when I read that your boys do not like their foods to touch. My daughter is the same, glad to know there are others like her. She is not so weird after all.
    A very versatile salsa indeed, love sauces that can serve multiple purposes.

  • The name of this dish & the rainbow made me smile. I love sauces – let’s face it your boys are right when they say plain grilled chicken is boring. Add something like this & it makes all the difference in the world. I like parties in my mouth.

  • I like the idea of using a sauce, because I can provide the “zesty” version (with sauce) to the adults and the plain version (no sauce) to the kids. Love this sauce. Must pick up some agave nectar!

  • This sounds like my kind of sauce! Your picture of the harbor reminds me of Hawaii, I miss the water already being back in Colorado!

  • I’ve never even heard of tomatillos before. I’ve obviously been living under a rock. Sounds yumbo all the same though!

  • Truth be told, I’ve never cooked with tomatillos- Ever! I do love a good salsa verde though, so I be very curious to try this sauce.

    • Hannah you will love Tomatillos. It is kind of difficult to describe their flavor but kind of tart like a green tomato but also has something extra going on. Tomatillos are really yummy and have a delicious flavor when they are roasted like many vegetables do.

  • Hi Bam, wow….. your pictures like 3D. I almost want to lick the screen especially the first picture. LOL
    Very tempting and delicious. yum yum You’re excellent!

  • I’m with everyone ele hee, tis sauce looks so good BAM, lime and coriander are such a great combination – and well if you go and add chillies then it only gets better !!

    • Thanks Claire. You just have to love when the market has everything you want all in one place. You have that luxury right in your own back yard garden. How super is that…

  • Chicken Sizzle! Love the name 😉 Cilantro and limes are meant for each other – I’m definitely pinning this one! Thanks for sharing, BAM 🙂

    • Thank you so much. My teenagers even loved this one. Have a super day! BAM

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Oh my! This salsa looks and sounds amazing Bam!!! I need more chicken recipes not to bore my family and I wish this is being grilled right now (in reality it’s Japanese yakiniku). I’m salivating as I write. Thanks for shaing your recipe!

    • Nami-san, your grilled recipes are always lovely and simple to boot and that is why I love them . Great family recipes. Take care, BAM

  • That salsa looks amazing Bam – wonderful use for tomatillos too… over here we call them physalis I think – I’ve never heard the name tomatillo until recently!

    • I am glad to learn the other term for these very unique little veggies or are they a fruit? Whatever category they fall in they certainly do taste great roasted. I hope you having a great week. Take care, BAM

  • Kathleen Richardson

    Another wonderful recipe, BAM. I can see why your boys love it.

    • Thank you Kathleen. You know how normally teenagers about their food touching or sauces….I think we have finally made a break through! Take care, BAM

  • That sauce looks good! I guess that would also work with pork and beef.

    • Absolutely, A sauce without boundaries. I might even try it on eggs but leave out the creamer just as a salsa. Have a super week. BAM

  • I’m really loving this sauce Bam, the ingredient list would hit my tastes right on the spot! I bet it would jazz up a boring old tilapia too.
    Great photo of the harbor and catching the rainbow is just icing on the cake!

  • This sounds like a wonderful way to make chicken!

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  • This dish looks fantastic, especially the salsa. I wonder if I can substitute lemons for limes. I have my own lemon trees. The photos are wonderful.

  • kitchenriffs

    Love key limes! Any limes, really, but key limes have a particularly nice flavor. And tomatillos make dynamite salsa! This looks like such a perky, flavorful dish. Good stuff! 🙂 Thanks so much.

    • Thank you John! We hope you give this fresh a vibrant dish a try soon. Take Care and glad to see you back!

  • What a beautiful roasting! I love lime, in fact I like it better than lemon!

    • Thank you Katerina. Lime is so refreshing and it gives this whole dish a fresh and bright flavor.

  • That salsa sounds amazing!

    • Thanks so much Emma. We hope you give this recipe a try. This sauce also rocks on grilled veggies.

  • Michelle

    This looks sooooo yummy! I absolutely adore tomatillo’s! I have to try this, wish I had the ingredients in so I could make it right now haha

    • Thank you Michelle! We need to create one of your delicious margaritas to finish off this meal.

  • Betty Davies

    I love lime and chicken together! These look so tasty!!

    • HWC Magazine

      Thank you Betty. This is one of our go to recipes. The boys love it.

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