Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken - juicy, moist chicken marinated with cilantro, lime and garlic. You can pan-fry, bake or grill the chicken with this easy recipe. Zesty, moist, juicy and out-of-the-world cilantro lime chicken is sure-fire way to tantalize your palate and I have the perfect recipe for you. Just look at the pictures, don’t you just feel happy (and hungry!) at the very sight of this chicken?

This Mexican-inspired recipe couldn’t be any easier as simple ingredients are all you need. Aromatic cilantro, fresh lime, garlic, chili flakes are the main ingredients that bring out the explosive flavors of the chicken. The secret is to use lots of cilantro stems and some cilantro leaves.

I used skin-on chicken thighs but deboned. You can use skinless and boneless chicken breast or chicken thighs if you prefer. Marinate the chicken for 15 minutes, then pan-fry it for a few minutes before baking it for 20 minutes. Dinner is ready before you know it, and everyone will be happier after feasting on this chicken.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe
Serves 3 | Prep Time: 5 Mins | Marinate: 15 Mins | Cook Time: 20 Mins


1 1/2s lb skin-on, deboned chicken thighs (click to learn how)
Lime wedges, for garnishing
Chopped cilantro, for garnishing


3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro stems and leaves
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 heaping teaspoon red chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste


Preheat oven to 375F.

Whisk all the Marinade ingredients together in a big bowl, mix well. Add the chicken into the Marinade, stir to coat well. Marinate for 15 minutes but best for 2 hours.

Heat up a skillet and pan-fry the chicken with the skin-side down until slightly browned. Turn over and pan-fry the other side of the chicken until slightly browned.

Transfer the skillet into oven and bake for 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken and the Marinade residual (after baking) to a serving platter (discard the oil), squirt some fresh lime juice and garnish with cilantro, serve immediately.

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