Cilantro Lime Chicken Skillet

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I love all the fresh herbs available at this time of the year!  It's easy to find fresh Cilantro at farm stands and in the grocery store.  Or maybe you are one of the lucky ones who has it growing in your back yard garden.   This recipe is a great way to use some of it up and make an easy skillet meal.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Skillet

Ingredients

6-8 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on (about 1 1/2 - 2 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoon of zucchini relish
2 teaspoons lime zest, finely grated
2 cups chicken broth
4 scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated
4-5 tablespoons cilantro, stems removed, chopped, plus more for garnish (about one large bunch total)
1 lime, sliced for garnish

Instructions:

Take the chicken out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before you plan to cook it. It will cook more evenly (this is true for any meat).
- A cast iron pan is perfect for this recipe because it browns beautifully and can go in the oven. Just make sure it’s well seasoned.
- I think chicken cooked on the bone has more flavor, but you could substitute skinless, boneless breasts or thighs. If using breasts, be careful not to overcook them, or they’ll be dry.
-For a gluten free version, just leave out the flour. The sauce won’t be quite as thick, but the flavor will be identical.

Here are the preparation steps:

1.    Preheat your oven to 375F.
2.    Pat the chicken thighs dry, and season each thigh on both sides with cumin, salt and pepper.
3.    Pre-heat a heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven on medium-high for a minute or so and then add the oil. Add the thighs, skin-side down and cook until deeply browned (5-7 minutes). Don’t crowd the pan, work in batches if necessary. Turn and brown other side (3-5 minutes). Remove thighs to a plate and set them aside,
4.    Lower the heat and if there’s a lot of oil, remove most of it, leaving about a tablespoon and a half.   Add flour, garlic and sliced white scallion bottoms. Stir well to coat the flour in oil and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in the wine and let it simmer for 3 minutes while scraping up any brown bits with a wooden spoon. Add the broth, honey, zucchini relish, lime juice, lime zest and half the cilantro and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken, skin-side up and place it, uncovered, into the oven. Cook for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through (165º F / 74º C on an instant read thermometer). Garnish with sliced limes, the remaining cilantro and green scallion tops.
5.    Serve with rice, potatoes or lots of crusty bread for sopping up the sauce.