How to Make Cilantro Lime Chicken at Home

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Apurva Sethi
Apurva is a fashion and food enthusiast. She chose fashion as her career and food as her passion. She is greatly fond of trying out new cuisines at different places and making them at home, in her own style. She also loves to seek and learn new things about the food industry constantly. So, here she is, to share her easy-peasy ways of cooking.

Cilantro lime chicken is a full package of bold flavours with juicy chicken. It can be served as a complete meal and fill your belly to satisfaction. Easy to cook with a handful of ingredients, this recipe is a game-changer. It goes well with many side dishes like salads, seasoned beans, taco rice, etc. Cilantro Lime Chicken is the fix for you for all the nights you crave a delicious yet healthy dinner.

I believe the flavours of Cilantro with lime are like Tom and Jerry, made foreach other. What do you all think? They blend in so well and give the chicken a different vibe. The taste buds are tickled so much that you don’t want to stop after the first bite. I can keep munching on this dish for a whole day, bite by bite! Yes, that’s crazy.

I had this dish in a restaurant while I was on holiday in Australia. I was utterly mesmerized by the flavours and the dish got stuck in my head. I came home and started looking for the recipe online. I found one and since then, I have been altering the ingredients and cooking it often. I love how easy, flavoursome and fulfilling this dish is. My family enjoys it with taco rice and mashed potato.

So today, I am going to share the secret from the kitchen with you and I am sure you’ll love it. The ingredients list is small; check it out.

Ingredients for Cilantro Lime Chicken

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs (1.5 to 1.75 lbs. total) 6
Cilantro ½ Bunch
Freshly Grounded PepperTo taste
SaltTo taste
Cumin½ tsp
Garlic Cloves4
Olive Oil2 tbsp

That’s about the list of ingredients. You would find everything in your kitchen or the nearby supermarkets. The dish takes about minutes to be made as the chicken needs to be tender and the flavours need to seep into the chicken. Refer to the table down below for the breakup of time.

How Much Time Will it Take?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
10min + 30min (margination)15 minutes55 minutes

Investing 55 minutes will give you a delicious meal. So, give it time and the dish shall be a surprise you. Now let’s not wait for any further and dive into the process of cooking the Cilantro Lime Chicken.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe
  1. Prepare the marinade by mixing 1 tbsp of lemon zest, 2-3 tbsp of lime juice, half of the chopped cilantro, olive oil, minced garlic, cumin and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Place the chicken thighs in a large zip-top bag and add in the marinade. Toss it well so that the marinade covers the chicken thighs well. Let it marinate for 30 minutes. You may keep it overnight to marinate in a refrigerator, too (optional).
  3. When the chicken thighs are ready to cook, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and place the chicken on the hot skillet.
  4. Cook each side of the piece for about 5-7 minutes or until it is browned and cooked properly. 
  5. Top up the cooked chicken with some more cilantro and squeeze in some lime juice.

Plate it and serve hot! Add some lemon wedges for garnishing. 

Nutritional Breakdown of Cilantro Lime Chicken

It is important to understand how much nutrition you are going to gain from a dish. The table below shows the nutrition content of the dish. Check it out for values in detail.


  Note- The Nutritional Breakdown is for one serving (1 chicken thigh).

How to Make Cilantro Lime Chicken at Home | Video

Down below is a video that will help in showing the recipe of Cilantro Lime Chicken step by step. Watch it before you start cooking. 

Video by Downshiftology

I hope you enjoyed reading the recipe and are now motivated to try out this simple recipe in your kitchens. Do come back to share your experience and how your Cilantro Lime Chicken tasted. Leave down your suggestions or feedback. See you with a new recipe soon.

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