This easy Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is so simple to make and loaded with so many flavors. Chicken in the best cilantro lime marinade becomes so tender and juicy once cooked.

Cilantro lime chicken on a gray plate topped with chopped cilantro and lime slices.

We enjoy grilling during the warmer weather and have a whole section dedicated to our favorite grilling recipes. From our easy salmon to the delicious vegetables or the classic pork chops, you can’t go wrong with grilled recipes.

CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN-

We love how simple and easy this recipe is to make! All you need to do is prepare the marinade, then marinate the chicken and grill. The flavors from the cilantro, lime, and honey make the chicken so juicy and tender and the kick of lime brings a hint of citrus.

This cilantro lime chicken is definitely a family favorite during grilling season.

Tender and juicy chicken breast loaded with flavors topped with cilantro and lime slices.

HOW TO MAKE CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN-

With just a couple simple steps you can have this amazing grilled chicken ready to be served for dinner.

  1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade.
  2. Add the chicken into the marinade and marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. 
  3. Grill the chicken 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through. When serving, drizzle lime juice and garnish with cilantro if desired.

CHEF’S TIP: Due to the amount of lime in the marinade, we do not recommend you marinate the chicken for more than 2 hours. The chicken will start to become bitter.

Step by step instructions of how to make homemade cilantro lime chicken.

COOKING METHODS-

There are several different ways you can cook this cilantro lime chicken recipe. Our favorite way is the grilled method but you can use any method!

  • GRILL: Preheat the oven to medium-high heat. Add the chicken onto the grates, cook about 6-8 minutes per side, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F on a thermometer.
  • BAKE: Preheat the oven to 400°F and add the chicken onto a baking sheet and bake for 22-24 minutes, or until the chicken reaches the internal temperature of 165°F.
  • SKILLET: In a large skillet or a cast iron, add oil and heat on medium-high heat. Add the chicken breast and sear for about 2-3 minutes on both sides. Turn the heat down to low and cover with the lid and allow it to cook through, for about 5-6 minutes.
PRO TIP: The cooking time for the
chicken will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken.

WHAT KIND OF CHICKEN CAN I USE?

You can use any kind of chicken you have on hand. We love using boneless skinless chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs. You can also use bone-in thighs but the cooking time will be longer.

Tender cilantro lime chicken on a gray plate topped with fresh chopped greens.

SERVING IDEAS-

You can serve the cilantro lime chicken with so many different options, here are some of our favorite combinations.

Cilantro lime chicken breast sliced up on a plate topped with fresh greens.

I hope this Cilantro Lime Chicken becomes a new family favorite to enjoy.

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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

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5 from 3 votes
This easy Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is so simple to make and loaded with so many flavors. Chicken in the best cilantro lime marinade becomes so tender and juicy once cooked.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinade Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

chicken

  • 2 lbs chicken breast or thighs (4 small/medium chicken breasts)

cilantro lime marinade

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro finely, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 lime cut into wedges, for serving (optional)
  • cilantro ,for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine the oil, lime juice, cilantro, salt, pepper, paprika and honey in a large bowl.
  • With a meat mallet beat the chicken breast until even in thickness. Add the chicken into the marinade and allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  • Grease grill grate and preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Once heated, place the chicken breast on the grill grates and cook 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  • Remove from the grill and serve with freshly squeezed lime juice.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 49gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 846mgPotassium: 902mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 352IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

NOTE: Recipe developed by Valentina’s Corner, and first published on Natasha’s Kitchen.