Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

This is my go-to cilantro chicken recipe for the grill in the summer. The longer it marinates, the stronger the flavor.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 10 mins
6 chicken thighs


  • 2 large limes, zested and juiced

  • 3 green onions, sliced

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, or more to taste

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons salt-free seasoning blend (such as Mrs. Dash® Fiesta Lime)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 6 skinless chicken thighs


  1. Mix lime zest, lime juice, green onions, olive oil, cilantro, seasoning blend, garlic, coriander, red pepper flakes, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

  2. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag or a bowl with a lid. Pour the marinade over the chicken and cover evenly. Seal the bag or cover the bowl.

  3. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 4 to 6 hours.

  4. Remove chicken from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  5. Remove chicken from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade.

  6. Cook chicken on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 20 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

You may use 3 small limes in place of 2 large limes.

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)

235 Calories
15g Fat
5g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 95mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 13mg 64%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 298mg 6%

* 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.