Cilantro Lime Chicken

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This cilantro lime chicken is so full of flavor! It’s a delicious, healthy recipe that can be served as a main dish or an addition to tacos. (gluten-free, dairy-free)

This cilantro lime chicken is an easy, healthy dinner recipe.

I like to have lots of quick chicken recipes available for busy nights. Cold dishes like chicken salad and one pan meals like this sheet pan chicken curry are easy meals to put on the table in a hurry.

Another simple chicken dinner is this cilantro lime chicken recipe. It’s so flavorful and delicious. I love the marinade, which is bursting with the flavors of lime, cilantro, and chipotle peppers. The peppers give it a unique savory taste, and the lime and cilantro add complexity.

Cilantro lime chicken in marinade

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tips

This cilantro lime chicken only needs to marinate for about 30 minutes, and it cooks up quickly. I like to brown it on the stovetop first, then move it to the oven.

Use a meat thermometer to monitor the temperature of the chicken. When it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees in the thickest part of the chicken, it’s done. I start checking the temperature after the chicken has been in the oven for about 15 minutes.

You can serve this chicken lots of different ways. I like it with a simple salad and rice on the side. It’s also delicious in tacos, and you could use it for a taco salad as well. However you serve it, you’ll love the flavor of this chicken.

This cilantro lime chicken is so full of flavor! It’s a delicious, healthy recipe that can be served as a main dish or an addition to tacos. (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Easy dinner recipe (gluten-free, dairy-free)
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5 from 4 votes
Cilantro lime chicken, a healthy dinner recipe
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes


  • 1 3/4 lbs chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbs chipotle peppers in adobo sauce diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Make the marinade by combining the olive oil, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, chipotle peppers, and salt. Place the chicken is a shallow container and pour the marinade over the chicken. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat an oven-safe skillet on the stove over medium heat. Transfer the chicken and marinade into the skillet. Cook for one to two minutes (or until beginning to brown), then flip the chicken and cook on the other side for a minute.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. (Start checking after around 15 minutes unless the chicken breasts are very thick. It will be dry if you overcook it.)
  • Serve warm.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 763mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 4
Calories: 357kcal

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Note: This recipe was originally published in 2018, and it was updated in 2019.


  1. Cilantro and lime….two of my favorite flavors together. Always up for them with chicken…it’s the perfect protein if you ask me. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

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