Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Cilantro-Lime Chicken

  • Author: Pinerday
  • Prep Time: 2 hour 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hour 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This is truly the most AMAZING zesty cilantro-lime marinade ever. And the chicken comes out perfectly juicy and tender.



  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, combine cilantro, 2 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  2. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken and cilantro mixture; marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken from the marinade.
  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat.* Working in batches, add chicken to the grill pan in a single layer and cook until golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Serve immediately.


  • If you do not have a cast iron grill pan, you can also use a large cast iron skillet.
  • Category: Dinner, Chicken
  • Cuisine: American