Grilled Chicken with Tomatillo-Tomato Salsa

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

Spanish for "little tomatoes," tomatillos are most delicious in their green state. Rinse them after you peel away the husks to remove any sticky coating.


  • Olive oil, for grill

  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, (6 to 8 ounces each)

  • ½ small red onion, quartered

  • ½ jalapeno pepper, ribs and seeds removed, roughly chopped

  • 8 ounces tomatillos (about 4), peeled, rinsed, cored, and quartered

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large

  • ½ cup whole cilantro leaves


  1. Heat grill to medium; lightly oil grates. In a shallow dish, stir together 2 tablespoons lime juice and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Add chicken and coat. Let sit 15 minutes.

  2. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse onion and jalapeno until finely chopped. Add tomatillos and pulse once or twice. Fold in tomatoes, cilantro, and remaining lime juice; season with salt and pepper.

  3. Grill chicken, covered, until opaque throughout, about 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and tent with aluminum foil; let rest 5 minutes. Serve chicken with salsa.

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