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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Yield: 4 -6

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

Total Time 25 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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.
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  • 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 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.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Robyn xo

26 comments on “Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe”

  1. I love dinner recipes that come together so quickly!!

  2. Love the flavors and such a great weeknight dinner idea!

  3. Great flavors! You always need a few quick and easy dinner ideas when things are rushed!

  4. I will be trying this one this weekend. Grilled of course.

  5. 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?

  6. Nice and easy. Thanks Robyn and have a Super-Duper Weekend!

  7. This looks wonderful and so full of delicious flavor! I love everything about this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This was excellent on the grill, served with your avocado salsa. Thanks so much for sharing!


  10. 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

  11. I’m a lover of this dish! I put mine on the grill and serve over rice! Delicious!

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

  13. i was wondering the same thing. Can it marinate over night until it is cooked the next evening?

  14. Was just wondering if you have the recipe for the avocado salsa posted somewhere?

  15. Just tried this recipe this weekend with the cilantro-lime rice. I baked my chicken in the oven until almost cooked through. I then put the chicken on the grill for the great grill marks and flavor. The chicken is great the first night and even better as left-overs. I am very surprised at the great flavor with only a 5-minute marinade! This will be one of my go-to recipes!

  16. I cannot wait to serve this tomorrow! Can I marinate overnight?

    • Hi Michelle,
      I hope you love it! The chicken is great to marinate overnight in the marinade. I just wouldn’t want to leave it much longer or the acid could break down the protein too much. Have a great weekend! xo

  17. Hi I found this recipe on Yummly shared as a freezer meal – could you freeze the chicken and marinade and then thaw during the day before cooking it for dinner?

  18. Do you cover it with foil or leave it open? Can’t wait ti try this!

  19. Looks yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

  20. Trying to find a recipe to use up my chicken and cilantro. I don’t have any likes on hand, but I do have lemon. Do you think the flavor profile will still work?

  21. I meant limes. 

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