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Cilantro Lime Chicken

This easy Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe is quick to make and has tons of flavor.  Perfect chicken marinade for grilling, baking, or sautéing and freezes well, too.

Categories Clean, Easy Weeknight Dinner, Healthy
Difficulty Easy
Keyword cilantro chicken, cilantro lime chicken, lime chicken
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 12 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 302 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 limes approx. 4 tbsp. juice, juiced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro*
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. In a large mixing bowl or large sealable, Ziplock bag, combine the chicken breasts, freshly squeezed lime juice, ground cumin, sea salt, ground black pepper, cayenne, and fresh cilantro.
  2. Toss to combine and coat the chicken well.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap (or close Ziplock bag tightly) and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, preferably 2-3 hours, to allow the marinade to work.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil.
  5. Remove the chicken from the fridge and place in the hot oil.
  6. Cook the chicken until well-browned on both sides and cooked through, about 4-6 minutes per side, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees F internal temperature.
  7. Allow to rest for 5 minute before slicing and serving.

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Recipe Notes

If you happen to not care for cilantro, you could easily replace with italian parsley.

Prep time includes time for marinating.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.5g12%
Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
Cholesterol 172.3mg57%
Sodium 400.9mg17%
Carbohydrates 2.1g1%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 53.5g107%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.