Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe - It’s been raining and wet here in Southern California and I am feeling winter blues. Food is a surefire way to make me happy during wintertime and this zesty, moist, juicy and out-of-the-world cilantro lime chicken sure did. Just look at the pictures, don’t you just feel happy (and hungry!) at the very sight of the chicken?

Serves 3 | Prep Time: 5 Mins | Marinate: 15 Mins | Cook Time: 20 Mins


1 1/2s lb skin-on, deboned chicken thighs (click to learn how)
Lime wedges, for garnishing
Chopped cilantro, for garnishing


3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro stems and leaves
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 heaping teaspoon red chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste


Preheat oven to 375F.

Whisk all the Marinade ingredients together in a big bowl, mix well. Add the chicken into the Marinade, stir to coat well. Marinate for 15 minutes but best for 2 hours.

Heat up a skillet and pan-fry the chicken with the skin-side down until slightly browned. Turn over and pan-fry the other side of the chicken until slightly browned.

Transfer the skillet into oven and bake for 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken and the Marinade residual (after baking) to a serving platter (discard the oil), squirt some fresh lime juice and garnish with cilantro, serve immediately.

Cook’s Note:

Make sure you use an oven-safe skillet or pan before baking the chicken in the oven. You may also grill the chicken. For the chicken, you can use boneless and skinless chicken breast/chicken thighs or bone-in chicken thighs.
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