Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
Serves 4 (serving size: about 4 ounces chicken, about 1/4 cup onions, and 1/4 avocado)

The red onions develop a nice char on the grill, but they finish cooking and develop a depth and sweetness once left to steam. Drizzle any juices from the onion mixture over the grilled chicken. Fresh cilantro and zesty lime add a refreshing brightness to this light summer meal, perfect for the whole family. For a sensitive palate, use less or omit red pepper flakes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade in a medium bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and chicken to remaining marinade, turning to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.

Step 2

Heat a grill pan over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion slices to pan; grill 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and onions to reserved 1/4 cup marinade; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let stand 10 minutes.

Step 3

Return grill pan to high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken to pan; grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Serve chicken with onion mixture, avocado slices, and lime wedges. Garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Quick and Easy

May 12, 2016
I made this last night exactly as written and it was delicious!  Easy and light for a warm night.  I served it with the suggested Orange-Infused Black Beans which was also delicious1

Yummy and Great!!!

June 22, 2017
Tried this recipe last night and became yummy!!


July 01, 2016
I made it on the grill and it turned out great.  The onions and extra dressing really "make" the dish.  Served it with sliced avocado and orange-infused black beans for a terrific meal.  

it's easy

July 29, 2016
Chose this because we had everything on hand and needed something quick.  Made to recipe except cut each breast half into 3 similar-sized portions (Cooks Illustrated method from their "better chicken marsala for two:  cut each in half crossways then cut the thicker piece in half horizontally).  Prepping this way sorta equalizes the grilling time.  Served witha tomato salad, black beans & flour tortillas.


February 24, 2017
We used boneless chicken thighs.  Marinated 30 minutes.  Served with oven roasted chili potatoes and a chopped veg salad with avocado and lime vinaigrette.


March 03, 2017
Super easy.  Next time I will marinate the chicken longer.  My daughter didn't like the onions (no surprise) but the rest of us really enjoyed this dish.  Very flavorful.  Served with saffron rice and some grapes.  Very filling.  Will make again.