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An overhead shot of cilantro lime chicken in a cast iron pan surrounded by fresh limes and cilantro.
4.8 from 5 votes

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Marinating Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Bailey
Cilantro lime chicken is an easy meal that tastes SO fresh and delicious.
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Cilantro Lime Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Other Ingredients

  • 6-8 skin on chicken thighs (boneless or bone in)
  • lime wedges garnish
  • cilantro garnish
  • chopped parsley garnish


  • Mix ingredients for cilantro lime marinade in a mixing bowl. Add chicken thighs, toss to coat, and marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. 
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F. Heat a cast iron or oven safe pan over high heat on the stovetop with a glug of olive oil.
  • Once chicken has marinated, place in heated pan for 5 minutes on each side to sear along with excess marinade. Chicken will finish cooking in the oven, so it doesn't need to be fully cooked. 
  • Once skin is crispy and chicken is browned, place dish in heated oven for an additional 20-25 minutes or until chicken has an internal temperature of 165°F. 
  • Garnish with lime, additional cilantro, and fresh chopped parsley.


If using chicken breasts, or bone out chicken thighs, cooking times will vary. Always cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F. If cooking with bone in, ensure you don't touch the bone with thermometer while reading the temperature.
Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 212mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg