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Grilled Chile-Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"This easy chile-cilantro-lime chicken is salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. It's great on salads, with rice, or in burritos and wraps!"
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55 m servings 204
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 chicken breasts)


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  1. Whisk lime juice, olive oil, garlic, lime zest, salt, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and cumin together in a small bowl. Place chicken in a large plastic bag or a bowl and add lime marinade. Seal the bag or cover the bowl and place in a refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  3. Place chicken breasts on the preheated grill and cook until no longer pink in the center and skin is golden and lightly charred, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken breasts to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice and garnish with cilantro.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can use skinless, boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts and honey instead of brown sugar, if desired.
  • 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: 204 calories; 9.7 5.2 24 65 640 Full nutrition

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7.22.19 The only adjustment I made was cutting the red pepper flakes amount in half (personal taste), otherwise, followed the recipe. I marinated the chicken for about 4 hours, and since it wa...

When I don't have a lime on hand, I substitute a lemon, and with this dish - lemon or lime - it in my opinion is freakin fantastic! My father complained about the spice - a little too spicy, so ...

I made this as chicken for tacos with a cilantro lime rice. I would definitely make it again.