Bittman’s Kitchen: A Chicken Dinner in Under 13 Minutes

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A few easy tricks make this chicken dinner lightning quick. Top these with an avocado salad, and you’ll have a healthy meal ready to go in just about 12 minutes.

Ingredients:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons paprika
Salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves
2 avocados
1 small red onion
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 lime
Several sprigs fresh cilantro for garnish

1. Turn broiler to high; put the rack 4 inches from the heat. Cut each chicken breast in half horizontally to make 2 thin cutlets.

2. Put the cutlets on a rimmed baking sheet, rub with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of paprika and some salt and pepper.

3. Broil, turning once if necessary, until lightly browned on both sides and just cooked through, 2 to 5 minutes per side.

4. Peel and halve 2 garlic cloves, halve and pit the avocados and scoop them into a medium bowl. Chop the onion and add it to the bowl. Halve the cherry tomatoes, add them to the bowl. Squeeze the lime juice into the bowl and stir to combine.

5. Rub the cooked cutlets all over with the raw garlic and put them on plates or a platter. Discard what’s left of the garlic.

6. Spoon the salsa over the top of the chicken, garnish with cilantro, and serve.

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Mark Bittman’s 13-Minute Chicken Dinner With Avocado Salad