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Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken
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Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken

Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken- This healthy Cilantro Lime Chicken is SO easy to make and packed with flavor! Chicken thighs are marinated in zesty combo of lime, cilantro, olive oil, garlic and a few additional spices to ensure perfectly tender, juicy chicken every time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 234kcal


For the Marinade

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes more to taste
  • ¼ tsp grated lime zest optional

For the Chicken

  • 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs (about 2 lbs.)
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 limes cut into wedges for serving


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together marinade ingredients (chopped cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, brown sugar, cumin, red pepper flakes and lime zest). Add chicken and toss to evenly coat chicken with marinade. Cover and refrigerate. Alternatively, you can use a large ziplock storage bag. Allow chicken to marinate for at least 15 mins. (up to 24 hrs.).
  • Spray a large skillet or grill pan with non-stick cooking spray ( if using cast iron you may want to lightly coat pan with oil vs. using non-stick spray). Heat over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; cook 4-6 minutes on each side or until chicken is golden brown and no longer pink ( internal temperature should be 165F). Remove chicken from pan and place on serving dish. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with lime wedges.


Recipe Notes:
Cilantro Lime Chicken is super versatile and can be served as a hot or cold. Chilled and sliced Cilantro Lime chicken is a great way to add extra protein to a salad.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.3g | Protein: 27.3g | Fat: 12.4g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 114.5mg | Sodium: 119.7mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1.6g