Quick Lime Cilantro Chicken

September 13, 2012

I love the combination of lime, garlic and cilantro.  It makes a very tasty marinade but sometimes there’s just no time to marinate.  Here’s a faster way to get the same great taste.

Use whatever boneless chicken you like.  Whole boneless breasts were on sale so that’s what I used.  Breast cutlets or boneless thighs would work well too.

  • Boneless Chicken, 3 breasts
  • Limes, 3 or 4
  • Garlic, 4 to 6 cloves
  • Olive Oil
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne or Chili Powder
  • Cilantro, 1/4 cup, snipped
  • Avocado, optional

Mince the garlic, snip the cilantro and zest a lime.  Juice the lime carcass along with two more limes.  Cut a lime into wedges and slice and avocado for the table.

Cut the chicken into chunks.  You can skip this and cook them whole but chunks cook faster.

Pour a little olive oil into a large skillet or saute pan, just enough to not quite cover the bottom.  Heat it over medium high heat until it’s very hot, almost smoking.  Add the chicken and let it cook undisturbed.

Once the chicken is browned nicely on the bottom and will easily let go of the pan, sprinkle it generously with cumin and chili powder or pepper.  Let it cook another minute or two, until the white line has moved about halfway through the pieces.

Turn the chicken and let it cook another couple of minutes, long enough to brown.  Reduce the heat to medium low and sprinkle in the garlic and lime zest.  Stir it little and let it cook another couple of minutes but be careful not to let the garlic burn.

Once  the chicken is cooked through add the lime juice and stir up all the browned goodness from the pan.

Remove the chicken to a bowl or platter and sprinkle it with cilantro.

Serve it up with a lime wedge and a little avocado, over Tex Mex Rice if you like.  Enjoy!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate September 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

This looks so flavorful! And I love the avocado on top – what a great way to add just a pinch of fiber to an already nutritious and delicious dish!


2 Katie September 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I made this tonight and it was amazing! Pretty easy to, thanks for the recipe!


3 Vanessa October 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Tried this with BLSL thighs and it was amazing! This will move into our regular rotation! Thanks!


4 Liezele October 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm

OMG!!!! This dish was the best!!!!! Even my picky daughter loved it! Instead of the texmex rice, I made Lime Cilantro Rice to go with it and it was just great!
Thanks so much for sharing a wonderful delicious dish!!!


5 karenbove October 27, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Thanks, I’m so glad it was a hit!


6 Denice December 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Great, quick, cheep recipe. I served the meat exactly as in the recipe as fajitas with salsa, sour cream, chopped tomato, chopped lettuce, guacamole, and grated cheese and of course, flour tortillas. Hubby loved it. Thanks!


7 Denice December 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Obviously, I have spelling problems: cheap!!! HA :D


8 Lisa January 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I love lime, but the juice of 3 full limes was way too much. (Maybe I just had big limes?)

I’d make again, but probably just use the juice of the 1 lime. Other than that, I love how quick & tasty this was.


9 trisha January 13, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I just clicked from a pinterest and it took me to a page that had 124K pins…and wasnt your site. As a blogger I knew it was probably stole and googled and found you. You may want to file a DCMA http://inspiredreamer.com/quick-lime-cilantro-chicken/

and here is one of the offending pins http://www.pinterest.com/pin/187673509446006308/


10 karenbove January 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Thanks Trisha. That recipe/post has been making the rounds of similar sites but at least the others have linked back to my original post. I’ve contacted the site.


11 Linda L January 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic. The husband didn’t even reach for the salt and he salts everything. Thank you so much this will be a regular at our house.


12 Tori February 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I found this on Pinterest about a week ago and have already made it TWICE <3 it is so yummy and easy! Definitely a new favorite for us. The flavors are perfect :) thank you for sharing the recipe


13 Theresa February 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

making this right now, smells wonderful, and the flavor is fabulous.


14 Estee March 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Not sure if the limes I used were way too big but this recipe did not turn out for me. The lime was so overpowering. It was not edible. I would suggest only using 1 lime if making this and adding more after if needed.


15 karenbove March 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I’m sorry it didn’t turn out for you. I suppose it all depends on the size of the limes, the amount or size of the chicken breasts and how much one likes lime.


16 Marisol April 29, 2014 at 12:47 am

Made this today and it was yummyyyy. I subsituted the spices because I didn’t have them. I sed seasoning salt and black pepper, and it came out good. Hopefully if I remember to buy the spices, I will try it. But definetly gonna make this again. It was a success with the whole fam. and I have some picky eaters.


17 Amy June 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I made this recently and found that 3 limes is WAYYYYYY too much for our family. We couldn’t even eat it. But, I think if you only used ONE lime, it could be fabulous!


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