This easy recipe for Cilantro Lime Chicken is full of flavor and so easy for busy weeknights. Make a simple marinade with cilantro, lime, garlic, and spices, then cook it in a skillet or on the grill. Serve with my favorite Cilantro Lime Rice, grilled veggies, or tortillas for a fast and tasty dinner.
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Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

This easy recipe for Cilantro Lime Chicken is full of flavor and so easy for busy weeknights. Make a simple marinade with cilantro, lime, garlic, and spices, then cook it in a skillet or on the grill. Serve with my favorite Cilantro Lime Rice, grilled veggies, or tortillas for a fast and tasty dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Marinating time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 236kcal
Author Meggan Hill

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest (from 2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from the same 2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin ground
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a zipper-top plastic bag or shallow dish, whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Add chicken and toss to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours.

To make chicken in a skillet:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Transfer chicken to a rimmed baking sheet (reserving marinade) and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. 
  • In a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil until shimmering. Add chicken to skillet, skin-side down, then add reserved marinade. 
  • Cook until skin is golden brown and crispy, about 6 minutes. Flip chicken and cook 2 minutes longer. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until chicken is cooked through, 12-15 minutes more. Chicken must reach 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer when inserted in the largest piece.
  • Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes before serving.

To make chicken on the grill:

  • Preheat grill over medium-high heat. Coat grate with oil. Grill the chicken, turning occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees on a thermometer, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from grill and cool 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal