Zesty Lime and Oregano Seared Chicken Breast with Black Rice

Zesty Lime and Oregano Seared Chicken Breast with Black Rice
TV host and author Laila Ali is making a dish packed with flavor and health benefits.

Ingredients for Chicken Breast

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (about 1½ pounds), cut in half horizontally
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced into half-moons
  • ½ teaspoon grated lime zest
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the pan
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Ingredients for Coconut Black Rice

  • 1 cup Chinese black rice (also known as Forbidden Rice)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

Directions for Chicken Breast

1. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper and place it in a large zip-top bag with the onion.
2. Add the lime zest, lime juice, oregano, and oil, seal the bag, and massage the chicken to fully coat it in the marinade.
3. Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours, massaging the chicken whenever you have a moment to evenly marinate it.
4. Just before you’re ready to serve, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly oil the pan.
5. Massage the chicken in the marinade a final time, then remove the chicken from the marinade, letting the excess marinade drip off (leaving the onions in the bag), and place it in the pan (if the chicken doesn’t all fit in the pan, cook it in two batches).
6. Cook for about 3 minutes, until nicely browned on the bottom, then flip and cook on the second side for 2 to 3 minutes, until just cooked through.
7. Reduce the heat to medium-low, stir in the cream, and cook until heated through and thickened, about 3 minutes.
8. Place the chicken breasts on plates, top with the onions and sauce, and serve.

Directions for Black Rice

1. Place the rice in a strainer and rinse it well under cold running water.
2. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
3. Add the salt, then add the rice and return water to a boil. Reduce the heat to a medium-high and boil, pasta style, for about 30 minutes (or about 25 minutes if you’ve soaked your rice in advance) until the rice is al dente.
4. Drain in a sieve and shake the sieve a few times to remove excess water.
5. Return the rice to the pan, add the coconut milk, and place over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring continuously, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 3 minutes.
6. Turn off the heat, cover and leave for 10 minutes, then uncover, fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

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