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The best recipe for cilantro lime chicken.

Cilantro Lime Chicken

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Cilantro Lime Chicken – a quick and delicious weeknight meal that’s full of light and refreshing flavors – the whole family will love it!


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs

Cilantro Lime Marinade:

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped and loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (avocado oil would work too)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Marinate Chicken: Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Place chicken in either a large plastic bag or storage container and pour marinade over top. Use your hands and gently massage the marinade into the chicken so every crevice is coated. Cover and place in the refrigerator for a max of 30 minutes.
  2. Prep Grill: Clean grill grates and preheat grill to medium-high heat (about 400 degrees F).
  3. Chicken Thighs: Grill chicken on direct heat (directly over flame) for 3-4 minutes per side (the bigger the thigh the longer you will need to cook it), flipping once. Remove from grill once the internal temp has reached 160/165 degrees F (use a meat thermometer).
  4. Chicken Breasts: Place chicken on direct heat (directly over flame) and cook at medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side. Move chicken away from the direct heat (direct flame) so that it is cooking on indirect heat (maintaining the same grill temp) and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes (you don’t need to flip at this point because the chicken will cook as if it is in an oven) or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken reads 160 degrees F on your meat thermometer.
  5. Remove from grill and let rest at least 5 minutes; internal temp will continue to rise as it rests (up to 10 degrees).  Chicken is safe to eat when it reaches an internal temp of 165 degrees F at its thickest part.


  • Bone-In Chicken Thighs or Breasts: you can use bone-in chicken thighs or breasts, just adjust your cooking time accordingly – they will take longer because they are bone-in.
  • Serving Suggestion: we highly recommend serving with fresh guacamole for best results!