Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken is quick to whip up and with such a classic flavor combination it’s really hard to beat! The chicken marinade is easy to make and you can either grill, bake the chicken, or cook it in a skillet. Once cooked it keeps for several days in the fridge, or you can freeze it.

How to make easy cilantro lime fowl
Start by using adding all the marinade elements which include the cilantro leaves, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, and olive oil for your blender and whizz it up till easy.

If you do now not have a blender you may make it if you very finely chop the cilantro leaves and garlic.

Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken


  • 8 Boneless skinless chicken thighs , about 2lb


  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, packed , measure un-chopped leaves, about 1/2 bunch
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 cup lime juice , about 3 limes
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  • cilantro leaves
  • lime wedges


  1. Add all the marinade ingredients to a blender, and pulse until smooth.

  2. Place the chicken pieces in a bowl or ziplock bag and add in the marinade and ensure that the chicken is evenly coated.

  3. Let it marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.


    Stove Top Method

    1. Heat a  cast iron grill pan on a medium high heat and brush with olive oil

    2. Grill each piece of chicken for about 5 minutes per side or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, check using a digital meat thermometer. (I do not recommend this method for cooking bone in thighs, use the oven or the grill.)

    Oven Baked Method

    1. Preheat your oven to 375°F

    2. Bake the marinated boneless skinless chicken thighs for 25-30 minutes, Bone in thighs usually take about 45 minutes to cook.

    3. Check that they are fully cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F by using a digital meat thermometer.

    Grilling Method

    1. Sear the chicken pieces for about two to three minutes per side over the hottest part of the grill first.

    2. You may need to move the chicken to the less hot part off the grill to finish cooking it, especially if you are using bone in thighs as they will take longer to cook than boneless skinless or pounded thin chicken breast and may burn before they are fully cooked if left over the hottest part of the grill.

    3. Boneless skinless thighs may take about 4-5 mins per side to cook, bone in thighs can take up to 15 minutes per side.

    4. Check that it is fully cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F using a digital meat thermometer.


    This Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe adapted from noshtastic