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Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken - juicy Mexican-inspired chicken marinated with cilantro, lime juice and garlic. You can pan-fry, bake or grill the chicken with this easy recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Cilantro Lime Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 404 kcal




  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro stems and leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.

  2. Whisk all the Marinade ingredients together in a big bowl, mix well. Add the chicken into the Marinade, stir to coat well. Marinate for 15 minutes but best for 2 hours.

  3. Heat up a skillet and pan-fry the chicken with the skin-side down until slightly browned. Turn over and pan-fry the other side of the chicken until slightly browned.

  4. Transfer the skillet into oven and bake for 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken and the Marinade residual (after baking) to a serving platter (discard the oil), squirt some fresh lime juice and garnish with cilantro, serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Make sure you use an oven-safe skillet or pan before baking the chicken in the oven. You may also grill the chicken. For the chicken, you can use boneless and skinless chicken breast/chicken thighs or bone-in chicken thighs.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 people)
Calories 404 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 215mg72%
Sodium 602mg26%
Potassium 585mg17%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Vitamin C 4.2mg5%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.