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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 19 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
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, garlic, 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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  • Tina
    September 4, 2021

    Recipe calls for honey… is that necessary? Could a sugar substitute be used instead or omitted all together?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 5, 2021

      Hi Tina, I think sugar will work as a substitute. If you try that, please share with us how it turns out.

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      • Tina
        September 8, 2021

        Made this and omitted the sugar all together… turned out amazing! Great flavor. Will be making this a lot!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 8, 2021

          Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

          Reply

  • Deborah
    September 4, 2021

    I cannot get a lime anywhere could lemon be used

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 4, 2021

      Hi Deborah! It truly is best with lime!

      Reply

  • Linda Reid
    August 10, 2021

    I made this tonight. The chicken was so tasty and tender and moist. Everyone loved it. Thank you Natasha for all your delicious recipes. You are always my go-to. Last night I made the coconut shrimp, a big hit!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2021

      I’m so glad this was a hit, Linda! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Victoria
    August 3, 2021

    Made this tonight with one adjustment…..I always cut my chicken breasts in half through the middle so it grills faster and evenly. The marinade was delicious! I served this with rice pilaf, pico de gallo (mixed some in the rice), and then made your toast for bruschetta but topped it with the pico de gallo. It was a delicious meal! Thank you Natasha for the recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 3, 2021

      You are very welcome, Victoria. That sounds perfect, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Kathy
    July 17, 2021

    Hi Natasha , love your recipes
    Plan on making this dish for party tomorrow. Quick question
    I have sweet and hot paprika , which one?
    Thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 17, 2021

      Hi Kathy, we use regular smoked paprika for this recipe.

      Reply

  • Svitlana McLean
    July 7, 2021

    Hi Natasha, I’m your list of ingredients there 3 cloves of garlic, minced. But then in your recipe garlic is missing from the marinade. I take it it’s just a typo description of the method? Garlic should be mixed in with other ingredients, right?
    Thank you
    Svitlana x

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    • Natasha
      July 8, 2021

      Thank you so much for pointing that out. I appreciate it. You are correct, it goes in with the marinade.

      Reply

  • Nancy
    June 30, 2021

    Thank you!! The flavor was so amazing and the chicken so moist!! I marinated chicken breast last week and will marinade chicken thighs today. So delicious!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2021

      Hi Nancy! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! It really is THAT good! Thank you for your lovely comment!

      Reply

  • Sue
    June 28, 2021

    Delicious! Thank you.
    Do you think we can use the same marinate on a whole chicken?

    Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2021

      Thanks, Sue! I haven’t tried that yet but I imagine that will be okay. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes!

      Reply

  • sj
    June 28, 2021

    can i leave it out at room temp if marinating it for 30 min? or do i pop it back in the fridge if i marinate it for longer that and if so, when should i take it out so the chicken will come down to room temp?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 28, 2021

      Hi Sj, yes, you can marinate it for longer. Several of our readers have done that with very tender chicken outcomes. I recommend leaving it in the fridge for those 30 minutes to ensure your chicken stays at a safe temperature.

      Reply

  • Paulette
    May 12, 2021

    If I don’t have fresh cilantro an I use dried from a jor? If so how much. Thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 12, 2021

      Hi Paulette, I have only tried it with fresh cilantro. It may work with dried but I can’t speak to the outcome being the same.

      Reply

  • Megan
    March 7, 2021

    Soooo good! And easy to prepare! I shredded it and put it over some nachos. Best dinner ever! Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 7, 2021

      Sounds awesome! Thank you for sharing your great feedback and review with us, Megan!

      Reply

  • Bruria Hadary
    February 23, 2021

    I have the grill together with my oven.
    Is it ok?
    I don’t have seperate grill.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      Hi Bruria, If you give it a try in that oven, I would love to know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Chris
    January 19, 2021

    Was really good! I forgot to add the garlic because the instructions don’t list it anywhere, it only shows in the ingredients. But that’s equally my fault. Loved the flavor regardless. Will have to try with the garlic next time.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 20, 2021

      So great to know that you still loved it, Chris. Thank you for your good review!

      Reply

  • Jourdan
    January 6, 2021

    I was at Meijer after work the other night, ran into cilantro and decided that was it. Cilantro lime chicken for dinner! A quick google search for a recipe led me to your website and I am so happy for that! This is definitely my new go-to for grilled chicken and cannot wait to try it with shrimp as others have said. I actually took the marinade and boiled it vigorously for 7-10 minutes while the chicken was in my Ninja grill. It made the perfect sauce and really set this apart from other chicken recipes I have tried. Eating leftovers today as tacos 🙂 Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 6, 2021

      I’m so happy you discovered our blog. Welcome! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful review with me, Jourdan!

      Reply

  • Lisa M Bracken
    December 29, 2020

    Oh my how yummy this was!! Could I make a jar of the marinade to use here and there or would it go bad?
    Thank you! I love ALL your recipes!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 30, 2020

      Hi Lisa, I haven’t tried making the marinade ahead of time so I’m not sure how far ahead you can make it.

      Reply

  • Hanna
    December 20, 2020

    This was so delicious did not know what to make for dinner and wanted to make something quick and easy. Everyone loved. Can you please show us how to make sweet potatoes fries, like the ones we get at the restaurants?
    Thank you Natasha, for always responding to all our emails.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 20, 2020

      Hello Hanna, I’m glad you used this recipe to try and so good that you enjoyed it! l don’t have a recipe for Sweet Potato Fries yet but thanks for suggesting that. I’ll add that to the list. For now, I only have this recipe for Oven Baked Potato Wedges.

      Reply

  • Samira W
    November 2, 2020

    Omg delicious! The whole family loved it!! Will be making it again for sure!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 2, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Samira! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Abegail Banaga
    October 17, 2020

    Made it tonight for dinner. My picky boyfriend LOVED it! Great flavor. We complimented the chicken with salad. Thank you for this recipe. I will definitely make it again.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 18, 2020

      Love it! Thanks for sharing your great experience with us, Abegail. I hope that you will both enjoy every recipe that you will try!

      Reply

  • Rosaura Garcia
    October 7, 2020

    The BEST recipe, full of flavor and sooooo juicy….I made it last night in the Ninja Foodie

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 7, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Suzanna
    September 20, 2020

    Was this grilled on a medium heat? Thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 21, 2020

      Yes that’s right.

      Reply

  • Rose
    August 25, 2020

    I absolutely loved this chicken. It was super flavorful and moist and I liked how the lime taste was not overpowering. I am Puertorrican so I did use adobo seasoning instead of the salt, pepper, and paprika, but it’s only because I don’t know how to use regular salt and pepper lol Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. Will definitely be making this again!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 25, 2020

      Sounds great, Rose! So happy to know that you enjoyed this recipe using your own substitute. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • 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!

      Reply

  • 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.

        Reply

  • 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

    Reply

    • 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!

    Reply

    • 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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