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.
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.