Cilantro Lime Chicken (skillet or grilled) is seeping with flavor and is a meal in itself or instantly transforms salads, tacos, burritos, wraps, etc into the most epic meal EVER!
This Cilantro Lime Chicken is wonderfully versatile, healthy and prep ahead so you so you can throw your marinated cilantro lime chicken on the grill or stove the second you are craving dinner. Just be prepared for a satisfyingly delicious punch of tangy, garlicky, fiestalicious flavor!
If you are reading this post, then you are probably a cilantro lover which means you are going to LOVE this Cilantro Lime Chicken! If know people who can’t stand cilantro, studies show it is actually a genetic predisposition! All those haters out there (4-14% of the population) who insist cilantro tastes like, soap, dirt or bugs actually have a gene called OR6A2 that enables them to smell certain unpleasant chemicals, one of which is E-(2)-Decenal, a primary constituent of cilantro. The rest of us who can’t detect aldehyde chemicals are left with the pleasant aroma of fresh, zesty, citrusy cilantro. Sometimes not knowing is better :).
So for the cilantro lovers, this Cilantro Lime Chicken is for you. It joins the cast of my other Mexican inspired marinades of Chipotle Chicken and Chili Lime Chicken, and this my friends, is a keeper. Its tangy, garlicky with just the right kick of spice and is healthy and versatile too. It’s just as fabulous diced or shredded for the best Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos, quesadillas, salads etc. as it is served plain with a side of rice, corn on the cob and watermelon.
Can I make Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs?
You can use chicken breasts or chicken thighs for this Cilantro Lime Chicken – totally your preference. The dark meat of chicken thighs will always be more tender but with this glorious marinade, chickens breasts also emerge incredibly juicy.
How to Make Cilantro Lime Chicken
This Cilantro Lime Chicken starts with a marinade bursting with simple, fresh aromatic ingredients. We add our 1 cup loosely packed cilantro (stems and all), plenty of garlic, lime juice, olive oil and then our fiestalicious seasonings to a food processor and process until chopped fine. Reserve 2 tablespoons for basting and the rest bathes your chicken for 2 hours up to 10 – the longer the marinating time, the bigger the flavor.
You can grill or pan fry this Cilantro Lime Chicken, so is fresh and summery flavor can be devoured year round.
And you are going to want to devour this tangy, savory, garlicky goodness year round especially in this Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad with Southwest Catalina Dressing – coming soon…
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