Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken

Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken – EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and the chicken is so TENDER, juicy, and full of Mexican-inspired flavor!! Put this HEALTHY chicken recipe on your summer menu rotation and it’ll be a hit with everyone!!

Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken - EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and the chicken is so TENDER, juicy, and full of Mexican-inspired flavor!! Put this HEALTHY chicken recipe on your summer menu rotation and it'll be a hit with everyone!!

What’s In The Lime Cilantro Chicken Marinade

You probably have everything in your fridge and pantry to make this marinade because it’s as simple as lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper.

I love Mexican-inspired flavors and this marinade is perfect for when I’m craving something Mexican-inspired, but also lighter, cleaner, and fresher-tasting than a barbecue sauce or with as much sodium as other marinades have.

It delivers flavorful, tender, juicy chicken with a hint of lime and plenty of fresh, herby cilantro.

How Long To Marinate

I like to marinate my chicken overnight for the full and tenderizing effects, but if you’re running short on time, even 30 to 60 minutes will do.

Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken - EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and the chicken is so TENDER, juicy, and full of Mexican-inspired flavor!! Put this HEALTHY chicken recipe on your summer menu rotation and it'll be a hit with everyone!!Pro Grilling Tips

As a shortcut, I used thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts. Their thinner size makes for faster grilling times and much more even cooking.

This recipe would be even faster with chicken breast tenders or sometimes called breast cutlets or medallions, but as it is with the thin-sliced breasts I only needed to grill them five minutes per side and they were done.

Many times with large chicken breasts on the grill, I struggle to keep the outside from becoming overly dark before the interior is fully cooked through but with either thin-sliced or breast tenders, you don’t have to worry about that.

What To Serve With the Lime Cilantro Chicken

As long as you’ve got your grill fired up, you can grill some vegetables like I did in this Grilled Lemon Chicken recipe. The veggies cook in the same amount of time that it takes to grill the chicken, about 10 minutes.

Place the vegetables in a grill basket over high heat on one side of your grill and place the chicken on the other side over medium heat. 

I also highly recommend this Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad. Taking advantage of seasonal summer corn that you throw on the grill for less than 10 minutes, then cut off the ear and combined with lime juice and cilantro, to play up the lime-cilantro effect is perfect.

Or just go for Grilled Mexican Corn (Elote) which is another favorite of ours. 

Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken - EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and the chicken is so TENDER, juicy, and full of Mexican-inspired flavor!! Put this HEALTHY chicken recipe on your summer menu rotation and it'll be a hit with everyone!!

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Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken - EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and the chicken is so TENDER, juicy, and full of Mexican-inspired flavor!! Put this HEALTHY chicken recipe on your summer menu rotation and it'll be a hit with everyone!!

Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken

Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken

Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken - EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and the chicken is so TENDER, juicy, and full of Mexican-inspired flavor!! Put this HEALTHY chicken recipe on your summer menu rotation and it'll be a hit with everyone!!

Yield: 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts (I had 4 breasts)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, plus more for garnishing
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • lime wedges, optional for garnishing

Instructions

  1. To a large ziptop plastic bag, add all ingredients, seal, and smoosh around to evenly coat chicken. Place bag in fridge for at least 1 hour, or overnight, to marinate.
  2. Lightly oil grill grates and preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Add the chicken, discard the bag with the marinade, and grill for about 5 minutes on the first side with lid closed, flip, and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on the second side with lid closed, or until chicken is cooked through and as done as desired.
  4. Garnish chicken with additional cilantro, optional lime wedges, and serve immediately. Chicken is best fresh but extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 479 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 145mg Sodium: 1186mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 18g Protein: 53g

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3 comments on “Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken”

  1. I know what I’m making in a few days for July 4 (with some corn and avocado salad)!

  2. Love this chicken!! It has a nice tang from the lime juice and the grilled corn and avocado salad was perfect with it (this is the third time I have made that)!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the 5 star review Paula and I’m glad this was a winner for you! So glad to hear you’ve been on a roll with the avocado corn salad and have made it three times already. I LOVE that corn salad and have been making it all summer too!

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