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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

A quick and easy Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe. The chicken is perfectly seared on the outside and bursting with juices and flavor from the marinade on the inside.

Grilled chicken breasts on a plate with lime pieces.

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Hey, hey! Valentina with Valentina’s Corner sharing our Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe.

Why We Love Cilantro Lime Chicken:

This Mexican-inspired chicken is the PERFECT recipe for summer grilling. The marinade for the chicken has simple ingredients and takes under 5 minutes to prepare. Grilling is one of our favorite ways to cook chicken breast or thighs because it seals in all of the juices and flavor, just like Grilling a Steak!

The combination of zesty lime, cilantro, garlic and a little honey is a clear winner. It’s going to win your family over and get rave reviews.

Sliced grilled chicken on a plate.

How to Make Cilantro Lime Chicken-

  1. Combine the ingredients for the marinade.
  2. Pour marinade over the chicken and coat. Marinate 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  3. Grill chicken over medium heat until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes per side.
  4. Serve with a wedge of lime to squeeze over sliced chicken and garnish with cilantro.

PRO TIP: The marinade is so delicious, we like to pour some over the chicken as it’s being grilled.

Chicken breasts in a bowl with chicken marinade.

Can I make Cilantro Lime Chicken Ahead?

Due to the amount of lime in the marinade, we don’t recommend marinating for more than 2 hours.

Once the chicken is grilled, store any leftover cooked chicken in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes, chicken thighs will work just as great in this recipe. Grill the chicken until the thickest part of the meat has an internal reading of 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.

What to Serve with Cilantro Lime Chicken?

This classic recipe can easily be served with your favorite Mexican-inspired sides. We love to serve the chicken with white rice or our quick mashed potatoes. This cilantro lime chicken pairs well with:

Grilled chicken breasts on a plate with lime.

Once you give the grilled cilantro lime chicken recipe a try, it will become a regular on your grilling menu. I love that the recipe is enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

More Grilling Recipes:

We love cooking outdoors in summer because everything seems to taste and smell better on the grill; chicken, beef, seafood, veggies – you name it! If you love firing up the grill in summer, you will love these grilling recipes.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

5 from 5 votes
Cilantro lime chicken sliced and served on a plate with lime wedges

This Cilantro Lime Chicken is the easiest recipe for grilling chicken. The marinade is bursting with flavor and results in juicy and tender chicken every time! This Mexican-inspired recipe will become a favorite.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Calories: 377 kcal
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast (or thighs) (4 small/medium chicken breasts)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 lime cut into wedges for serving

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine oil, lime juice, cilantro, salt, pepper, paprika, and honey for the marinade.

  2. Add the chicken to the mixture and allow to marinate for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

  3. Grill chicken 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Serve with a wedge of lime to squeeze over the cooked chicken and garnish with more cilantro if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 377 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 846mg37%
Potassium 877mg25%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Dasha
    July 22, 2020

    This chicken turned out SO good. I marinated it for about 1.5 hours before grilling and the chicken breast was so tender and juicy. I served it with a side of green/purple cabbage tossed in your shrimp taco sauce. This is new a favorite in our home, thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 23, 2020

      That is so awesome! Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, we’re so glad you found a new favorite!

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  • M Rego
    July 22, 2020

    So easy and so tasty. Thanks for the recipe, all good flavours.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 22, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Cheryl B
    July 21, 2020

    Yet ANOTHER keeper! Delicious! Marinated the chicken for just the 30 minutes and it was just right! Quick & easy and oh so flavorful! 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 21, 2020

      I am so happy to hear that you loved it!

      Reply

  • Mary
    July 18, 2020

    Best ever Cilantro Lime Chicken. I’m very picky and this was the best. Thanks for a great recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 18, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Sasha
    July 17, 2020

    I am sorry, this one was horrible. Too much lime. Natasha’s receipes are great. But when they came with a someone else’s collaboration-unfortunately not so much.

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    • Natasha
      July 17, 2020

      Hi Sasha, my only thought is maybe you had some extra juicy limes? Different limes have different amounts of juice. Marinating too long can also result in poor results which is why we recommend not marinating more than 2 hours.

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      • Sasha
        July 18, 2020

        That’s the thing- I did it for 2 hours, marinated time. And measured exactly a quarter of a cup of lime juice. This one isn’t for me, sorry! Love your recipes, though.

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  • Lorraine
    July 17, 2020

    I love the recipe. Can I use the marinade on shrimp

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 17, 2020

      Hi Lorraine, I haven’t tested that but I bet that could work!

      Reply

  • Cristina
    July 15, 2020

    If i dont have a grill can i cook it in a pan or the oven?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 15, 2020

      Hi Cristina, this recipe is best used as grilled but the options that you mentioned should also work too. I am just not sure it will give the same result compared to if it was grilled.

      Reply

  • Malak
    July 14, 2020

    Did you think about the recipe I want.thanks for your good recipes

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 14, 2020

      Hi Malak, yes we have it on our list. Thank you again for that suggestion.

      Reply

  • April
    July 14, 2020

    This was so delicious! The flavors were spot on!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 14, 2020

      Thank you for your wonderful review April! I’m so happy you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Kara
    July 14, 2020

    So yummy! I served it over salad with guac and cilantro ranch lime dressing, and we all loved it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 14, 2020

      Yum! I’m craving this now! Thank you for that great review Kara!

      Reply

  • Matt Taylor
    July 14, 2020

    This is so amazing! Definitely, easy marinade to make and so flavorful!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 14, 2020

      Isn’t it so so good! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Matt!

      Reply

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