Cilantro Lemon Chicken

The other night I was in a rush to make dinner as the remainder of the week was a bit hectic for me. Trying to prep for visiting my aunt and picking berries on their farm as well as leaving town for a week the following day was a chore in and of itself. It becomes a bit chaotic when trying to plan for the week with a little one who has had medical needs as of recent. Hoping and praying he has a good trip without coming down with anything or being hospitalized is all I can ask for right now.

I’ve realized how much energy I’ve lacked since our hospital visits and extreme amount of doctors appointments and the stress that all brings. It’s been exhausting and really wearing on my body. I had no clue how tired I was until I finally got away from home. Leaving town can sometimes lift the burden as the house chores aren’t hanging over my head as well as cooking three meals a day for the fam.

So, the other night I decided to make Cilantro Lemon Chicken with rice and grilled romaine. I was in need of using the chicken in the fridge as I hate letting food go to waste while on vacation. This was a great 30 minute meal and is versatile for many different things. :)


  • 1 lb chicken, cooked
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 lemon slices, squeezed
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro
  • 1 handful fresh chives
  • Avocado (optional)
  • Rice (optional)

Cook chicken and shred into medium size pieces. (I used rotisserie chicken) Toss in a medium skillet with EVOO and begin to heat through. 

Add in cumin, cayenne, garlic salt and thyme.


Squeeze in lemon juice and turn heat to low.


Chop a handful of chives and cilantro. I must admit this was my first picking of chives and cilantro for the year out of my beautiful garden. :)


Stir into chicken and turn the heat off.

Mix and serve.

Great for chicken burritos, on rice, or as is.


Tonight I served this on a bed of rice with some teriyaki sauce and grilled romaine hearts.

This meal was even great for leftovers. My sister enjoyed this the following night after a long day of driving and berry picking. I fed her and my niece while they avoided rush hour traffic. :)

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