Cilantro Lime Chicken

filed under: Food + Drink on May 4, 2018
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  • This cilantro lime chicken is such a simple, flavor-packed recipe! It is a great way to transform ordinary chicken into something amazing!

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    Cilantro Lime Chicken

    I’m so excited that we are finally approaching grilling season!  It’s been a long winter, I for one am ready for some consistent sunshine!  This cilantro lime chicken recipe makes me feel like it’s summer.   For starters, the chicken is grilled and what do you we do in the summer?  GRILL!  Secondly, the taste of this chicken is garden-fresh, with its bright tasting lime juice and vibrant cilantro.

    Chicken with Lime and Cilantro

    Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade

    The marinade for this cilantro lime chicken is incredibly simple and I’d be willing to bet you have all the ingredients ready to go!  Fresh lime juice, cilantro, cumin, paprika, salt, and garlic powder are all you need! I pour everything into a large ziptop bag and set my chicken in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.  Feel free to customize the marinade.  You could add fresh garlic, pepper flakes, cayenne pepper or more cumin.  A touch of lemon juice would make an excellent addition!  You could grill this chicken on a grill pan or even pan fry it in a skillet.  Prepare this chicken any way you can.

    Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

    What can I serve with Cilantro Lime Chicken?

    While I like to serve this cilantro lime chicken with rice and black beans, it would be wonderful for tacos,  homemade burrito bowls, as a sandwich or shredded and used for nachos.  The chicken flavor works well with fresh avocado, so no matter how you enjoy this chicken, be sure to top it with fresh avocado slices or chunks! Fresh salsa, guacamole, or fruit salsa (like a pineapple mango salsa) would pair nicely as well!

    Cilantro Lime Chicken with limes

    Tips Tricks and Variations

    Can you make Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken?

    Yes!  You just need to start with frozen chicken (otherwise it will cook to fast and dry out).  Place the frozen chicken in the bottom of a greased crockpot.  Top with remaining ingredients (minus the lime juice) and add in about 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa.  Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. Stir in lime juice

    Can you make Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos?

    Yes, and you should!  For this variation, I like to shred the chicken after it is cooked on the grill.  Serve the shredded cilantro lime chicken with taco shells or tortillas, adding your favorite toppings. I like to use shredded lettuce, fresh pico, and cotija cheese.  You could also add diced tomatoes, diced avocado, or sour cream.


    Cilantro Lime Chicken
    Prep Time
    35 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    50 mins

    This cilantro lime chicken is such a simple, flavor-packed recipe! It is a great way to transform ordinary chicken into something amazing!

    Course: dinner
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Cilantro Lime Chicken
    Servings: 4 chicken breast
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    • 4 chicken breasts
    • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
    • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • ¾ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon paprika
    • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    1. Place chicken, lime juice, cilantro and seasoning in a ziptop bag. Refrigerate chicken for 30 minutes or up to an hour. Preheat an outdoor grill or a grill pan to medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade, discard marinade and grill chicken for 5-6 minutes per side or until juices run clear and chicken registers 165 degrees. Garnish chicken with limes and extra cilantro if desired.

    I’m Tanya and I am happy to have shared this recipe with you today.  You can find me at, where I share simple recipes that are big on flavor!


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