Chili Lime Chicken


This chili lime chicken recipe combines many of the spices I grew up with and has become a distinctive part of my cooking, including dishes such as chili Colorado, posole, and Frontera-style carne asada. I would describe this dish as more Tex-Mex or New Mexican than Mexican. Serve on a bed of rice or slice thinly for use in tacos or to top a green salad.

close up view of sliced Chili Lime Chicken, served with rice and a tortilla on a white plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
8 chicken breasts


  • ¼ cup ancho chile powder

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • cup canola oil, or more as needed

  • 1 large lime, juiced

  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves


  1. Combine ancho chile powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and chipotle powder in a medium glass or ceramic bowl. Whisk in canola oil and lime juice until well-combined; thin with additional canola oil if mixture seems too thick.

  2. Arrange chicken in a glass or ceramic baking dish; pour marinade over chicken, covering it completely. Marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  4. Arrange chicken on the baking sheet; do not crowd. Discard any excess marinade.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink in the centers, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 to 6 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Brine chicken if time permits.

Substitute ancho chile powder with any ground mild chile you like.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

301 Calories
22g Fat
3g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 301
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 930mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 230mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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