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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.

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 | ©

How to Freeze Cilantro Lime Chicken

Once cooked, allow to cool completely. Portion into freezer-safe container(s) and freeze up to 3 months.

To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, reheat and serve.

Alternately, prep the cilantro lime chicken without cooking, portion into freezer-safe container(s) and freeze up to 3 months. To cook, remove from the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, cook as instructed.

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

4.34 from 3 votes

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

Chicken 25 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 4 -6
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
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.


  • 4-6 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped or 1 tablespoon dried cilantro
  • 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


  • Preheat grill or oven to 375º F. Place chicken into a large baking dish, about a 9×13. 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.
  • 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.

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

  2. 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?

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

  4. 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

    1. Hi Bedour,
      As I state in the post and in the recipe, you marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes. Hope you enjoy the chicken! Thanks.

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

  6. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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

  7. 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?

    1. Hi Mary,
      I don’t cover it with foil while it’s cooking. I hope this helps and that you enjoy this! Thanks!

  8. 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?

  9. 3 stars
    I followed this recipe to the letter and am afraid it did not work out for me.  I am very good with recipes and am generally successful. I baked mine and covered it for a while bc my chicken was a bit on the thicker side, but the rind from the lime slices made the chicken bitter. I had to whip up a quick sweet dipping sauce to make it work.  I won’t be making again. 🙁

    1. I’m sorry this did not work out for you, Maria. I have never had this happen to me. However, I never cover the chicken when I bake it in the oven. That could account for the more bitter taste of the lime.