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Cilantro Lime Chicken

  • Author: Chefjar
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Looking for a delicious and easy-to-make chicken recipe? Try our cilantro lime chicken! Made with a simple yet flavorful marinade of lime juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, chili flakes, and honey, this dish is perfect for any occasion. Whether you're cooking for a weeknight dinner or a special event, this recipe is sure to impress.


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice ( about 2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 6 chicken thighs, skin-on and bone-in
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro leaves and lime slices, to garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • In a medium-sized shallow bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil with lime juice, chopped cilantro, chili flakes, garlic, honey, cumin and smoke liquid. Whisk the mixture together thoroughly.
  • Add the chicken thighs to the marinade and toss to coat them evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  • Heat the remaining two tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan or a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken thighs along with any leftover marinade from the bowl. Proceed to sear the chicken on each side, starting with the skin-side down, for 4 minutes per side or until they turn golden and crispy. The chicken will not be fully cooked at this point.
  • Transfer the chicken to the preheated oven and bake until the chicken is fully cooked, which typically takes around 15-20 minutes.
  • Garnish with some fresh cilantro leaves and lime slices or wedges.
  • Serve over a bed of steamed rice or cauliflower rice, and drizzle it with the pan juices for added flavor.


Storage: Let it cool down to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Make sure to thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating it.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Chicken recipes
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Calories: 330 kcal
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 478 mg
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 109 mg

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