Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken only takes a few minutes in this simple marinade for tons of flavor! Made with fresh cilantro, lime, and a few other special ingredients, this is a chicken recipe you’ll love.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe | ©

Simple suppers are absolutely a necessity around my house most of the time. Is it the same way at yours? From rushing to Scouts and church youth activities and then just the normal everyday life events that cause some days to feel more like a blur than they should. That’s when I turn to an arsenal of quick, simple, yet still delicious recipes for meals, like this cilantro lime chicken.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe | ©

It seriously couldn’t be much easier to prepare and have on the table in a jiffy! Ready in less than 30 minutes, it is one of those chicken recipes that is packed with flavor as if you’ve had it marinating overnight.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe | ©

First, you toss the chicken breasts (you could also use thighs, legs, or quarters if you prefer) into a large baking dish, about a 9×13. Then, you stir together the ingredients for the marinade, pour it over top, top the chicken with lime slices, wrap tightly and then refrigerate for about 5 minutes. That’s all it takes for the chicken to absorb so much of the cilantro lime flavor.

Then, just remove your chicken from the marinade, grill or bake it and watch it disappear. It is delicious served with a bit of avocado salsa piled on top with a fresh squeeze of lime.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe | ©

Here’s my quick Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe. I think you’ll love it!

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe
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Cilantro Lime Chicken only takes a few minutes in this simple marinade for tons of flavor! Made with fresh cilantro, lime, and a few other special ingredients, this is a chicken recipe you'll love.
Serves: 4-6
  • 4-6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, zest and juice or 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. Preheat grill or oven to 375º F. Place chicken into a large baking dish, about a 9x13. Stir together cilantro, lime zest and juice, olive oil, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper, if using. Pour over chicken. Top with lime slices, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade and place onto grill or in oven for 20 minutes. Grill or bake until chicken registers 165º F when checked with an internal temperature probe. Remove from oven and serve warm.

Robyn xo


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  1. 6

    Kim Honeycutt says

    As you said, “quick, simple, delicious” that’s how I like it in my kitchen! I like your style Robyn!

    I have a challenge for myself. I enjoy reading recipes so much but find myself just fixing the same ole. My challenge, start picking out and actually cooking these great recipes you take the time to share with us.

    I BET I’m not the only one guilty of this. Anyone else need this challenge?

  2. 11

    Chris says

    since it’s winter, we baked ours. The instructions didn’t say to cover it w foil so we didn’t. However, it took allot longer than 20 mins. It took an hour to cook. Good thing we didn’t have to be somewhere. I’ve been wanting to try this for awhile. It does have a nice flavor & salsa is great

  3. 13

    Tricia says

    Can you marinate this overnight, or would the flavors be too intense then? Looking for something to prep the evening before! :) Thanks!

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