Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken with Grilled Zucchini and Tri-color Quinoa

Updated: Jun 13, 2018


This is a simple and balanced meal if you're tracking the details. This recipe serves four, so it's a great go to if you're having a couple of guests over or if you need a quick and simple meal that's packed and ready to go for your lunches/dinners.


Serving Size: Recipe is for four servings, with each serving including 4oz grilled chicken, 150g grilled zucchini, and half a cup of cooked quinoa. 


Macronutrient Balance: 29g Protein / 17g Fat / 29g Carbs

Ingredients: Grilled Chicken - 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast - butterflied and cut in half length wise 1 bunch cilantro - chopped 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 cloves garlic - minced 1 lime 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper

Grilled Zucchini - 4 large zucchini - ends trimmed and cut length wise 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt

Quinoa- 1 cup uncooked tricolored quinoa 2 cups water 1 tsp salt Instructions:

  1. Butterfly your chicken breasts and cut in half length wise. In a large mixing bowl, mix your cilantro, olive oil, garlic, lime, salt and pepper and then add your chicken. Let marinate for about 30 minutes. Here's where multi-tasking comes into play. Let's let this chicken marinate while we get other things done! 

  2. Place 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add your salt, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all the water is absorbed - for about 10 to 15 minutes. 

  3. While your quinoa is cooking, cut up your zucchini and toss with olive oil and salt and get your grill started. By the time your quinoa is done and your veggies are ready to go and your grill is ready to be put to use, your 30 minutes of marinating your chicken is coming to an end. 

  4. Throw your chicken on one side of the grill and your veggies on the other side. Cook chicken for 4 minutes on each side and zucchini for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove veggies and chicken on separate plates. Cover your chicken with foil and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Covering your chicken with foil will allow it to continue to cook just a little bit longer as the temperature settles and get a lot of those juices out on to the plate. 

  5. Serve and enjoy your perfectly balanced meal! 


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