Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe, A Delicious mix of cilantro and Lime with the tenderness of Chicken breast together to make a flavorful dish!

I don’t know about you but I love chicken but I only eat chicken breast. Sounds silly but I really don’t like the rest LOL.

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

The thing with chicken breast is that it gets really dry and sometimes hard to really give them a taste. But I love it anyway. Recently in the kitchen with my mom, we were like, what do we do with the chicken?…

Then I saw a bowl of limes and I said what if instead of orange that we always use, we use some limes? Mom liked the idea and we did it. I remembered I had seen some cilantro-lime chicken recipes before but we decided to go with our ideas.

That dish was fun to make because we were using what we had and what we like.

Overhead view of the Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast Recipe accompanied by garlic and herbs potatoes and Asparagus

So while I was getting the lime juice my mom was chopping the cilantro and so on. And then all of a sudden I remembered the blog I said Mom photos!!!! LOL, So we started preparing it to share it LOL.

I need to say this, if you marinate the chicken overnight, you have no idea, how good it gets. OMG, we made a lot so we had some for the next day and Oh My! The flavor was something amazing so I do recommend that if you want to make it, prepare everything today and cook it tomorrow!

How to make Cilantro Lime Chicken

Here we go!

Ingredients:

  • Boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • Fresh lime juice and the lime zest
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Salt
  • Mixed pepper
  • White wine {for cooking}

Direction:

In a medium-big bowl mix all the ingredients except for the chicken to create the cilantro lime chicken marinade.

cenital view of cilantro lime chicken marinade in a bowl

Mix all ingredients well and start adding in one breast at a time and spread the mixture all over it. Make sure all the chicken breasts are well spread.

chicken breast with the mixture all over it in a bowl

Seal the bowl with plastic wrap and put in the fridge. Best results overnight but if you want to cook it the same day then I recommend at least leaving it for a couple hours.

view from above of  bowl with the chicken breasts with the mixture covered with plastic wrap

To cook, use a large pan and spread a bit of olive oil and wait until really hot over high heat. Place the chicken breast all over the pan but don’t let them pile. Each piece should have its space. I had to use 2 pans LOL

Let it get golden and turn over and let it get golden even a bit crispy outside. This helps to seal the chicken and keep inside moist.

view from above of pan with chicken breasts being cooked

When it’s golden both sides the add in the rest of the cilantro lime mixture and the white wine.

This probably will create a lot of steam so open the windows LOL. Take it to a simmer with the put lid on the pan until is totally cooked.

Garnish with some cilantro leaves on top.

Serve with veggies and potatoes or white rice and enjoy!!!

Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast Recipe accompanied by garlic and herbs potatoes and Asparagus

Recipe Tips

  • When marinating your chicken, try adding some orange or grapefruit zest along with the lime juice. The combination of tangy citrus flavors will elevate the taste.
  • Divide your marinade into two portions—one for marinating and the other for basting while grilling. This way, you’ll have a fresh and vibrant marinade to brush on the chicken as it cooks, enhancing the flavor even more.
  • When grilling chicken breasts, start with high heat to get a nice sear and caramelization on the outside. Then, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C). This will ensure juicy, fully cooked chicken without any dryness.
  • Give it a rest for a few minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a moist and succulent chicken breast.

What can I serve with cilantro lime chicken

There are many delicious options:

  • Fluffy white rice, alongside roasted vegetables
  • In a warm tortilla with your favorite toppings for a tasty taco.
  • Baked potatoes and veggies
  • Fresh salads

Storing and Freezing

If you want to prep ahead, marinate the chicken and then transfer it to a freezer bag or container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just make sure to thaw it completely in the refrigerator before cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use bone-in chicken instead of boneless chicken breasts?

Absolutely! While boneless chicken breasts are commonly used for this recipe, you can definitely use bone-in chicken. Just keep in mind that the cooking time may vary slightly, so make sure to check for doneness using a meat thermometer.

Can I substitute lime for lemon?

Of course! While lime adds a distinct tangy flavor, you can swap it out for lemon if that’s what you have on hand. The result will be a slightly different citrusy taste, but still delicious.

How long should I marinate the chicken?

For the best flavor, marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes. However, if you have more time, you can marinate it for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. The longer the marination, the more the flavors will develop.

Can I bake the cilantro lime chicken instead of grilling it?

You definitely can! If you don’t have a grill or prefer baking, you can definitely bake the chicken. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and place the marinated chicken on a baking sheet. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).

Can I use dried cilantro instead of fresh?

Well, while fresh cilantro provides the best flavor, you can use dried cilantro if that’s what you have. Just keep in mind that dried cilantro has a more concentrated flavor, so use about 1/3 of the amount called for in the recipe.

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🥣 Recipe

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Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Camila Rojas
Cilantro-Lime Chicken recipe, A Delicious mix of cilantro and Lime with the tenderness of Chicken breast together to make a flavorful dish!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Tradicional
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 5-6 chicken breasts {no bones}
  • 3 limes juice { and the zest of one of them}
  • ¼ cup of Olive oil
  • 2 garlic gloves {smashed}
  • 2-3 tbsp of chopped cilantro
  • Salt
  • Mixed pepper
  • ¼ Cup white wine {for kitchen}

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-big bowl mix all the ingredients except for the chicken.
  • Mix all ingredients well and start adding in one breast at a time and spread the mixture all over it. Make sure all the chicken breasts are well spread.
  • Seal the bowl with plastic wrap and put in the fridge. Best results over night but if you want to cook it the same day then I recommend at least leaving it for a couple hours.
  • To cook, use a large pan and spread a bit of olive oil and wait until really hot over high heat. Place the chicken breast all over the pan but don’t let them pile. Each piece should have its space. I had to use 2 pans LOL
  • Let it get golden and turn over and let it get golden even a bit crispy outside. This helps to seal the chicken and keep inside moist.
  • When it’s golden both sides the add in the rest of the cilantro lime mixture and the white wine.
  • This probably will create a lot of steam so open the windows LOL. Take it to a simmer with the put lid on the pan until is totally cooked.
  • Serve with veggies and potatoes or white rice and enjoy!!!
Keyword cilantro lime, cilantro lime marinade, clantro lime chicken

So, what do you think??? Is this Cilantro Lime chicken good or what???

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Til' next time...

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