This is the best Grilled Lime Chicken recipe you'll ever have and the last you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients that tenderize and flavor grilled chicken. Marinate for 30 minutes and grill for less than 10! This grilled lime chicken with cilantro and lemon is not spicy so it's a perfect grilling recipe for families with kids. Serve with veggies, rice, or in a grilled chicken salad.
It doesn't take much to make a great chicken marinade. With a combination of a few kitchen staples, you can easily whip up a fantastic, tenderizing marinade in minutes.
The spring and summer grilling seasons are my favorite for this reason. Simply marinate your chicken or steak when you have a few free minutes during the day (or in the morning when you leave for work) and when it's dinner time, it'll take only minutes to grill it to perfection. I use a combination of lime juice and lemon juice in this recipe for a fantastic flavorful and juicy lemon-lime chicken!
And OH MY GOSH, this grilled lime chicken with cilantro is so amazing. It is one of the best grilled chicken recipes I have ever had. This recipe was created last minute, when I really, really wanted a grilled Mexican-ish salad to go along with the homemade margaritas we planned to make! Grilled lime chicken with cilantro and lemon will absolutely, positively be part of our summer grill recipe rotation.
This grilled limed chicken is sure to be a crowd pleaser, making it perfect for summer barbecues and pool parties. It's great for families and kids because it contains zero spice, for kids who aren't into that.
Grilled lime chicken is also perfect served in southwestern salads, in tacos and rice bowls, or alongside roasted or grilled veggies for a full and satisfying quick and easy dinner. Drizzle it with creamy cilantro lime dressing for even more pizzazz!
Before getting started, there are a few things to keep in mind when marinating and grilling chicken.
How long can chicken marinate in lime juice?
When a marinade contains alcohol, acid, or salt, the meat should not be marinated for more than 4 hours because those ingredients can break down the meat. When there are citrus ingredients, like lime or lemon juice in your marinade, you should marinate for less than 2 hours. I marinated my chicken breasts with this lime and lemon marinade for 1 hour and it was perfect. Here is a basic guide for understanding marinating times if you'd like to take a look.
You should really not marinate this recipe all day or over night. 2 hours should be the maximum, and I promise that is all you need!
Does lime juice tenderize chicken?
Yes! Both lime and lemon juices work to tenderize meat and infuse them with flavor. Any acidic liquid will do the same, and this is includes wine and vinegar.
ingredients in this grilled lime chicken recipe
This grilled lime chicken with cilantro marinade uses olive oil, lemon/lime juice combo, salt, minced garlic, and cilantro.
For the cilantro, I have used completely fresh, completely dried, and cilantro that I dried in my dehydrator so it was more of a “lightly dried” cilantro. That was actually my favorite kind of cilantro to use, so if you dehydrate your own herbs, you can use it for this recipe. You can also buy lightly dried cilantro.
The perfect marinade should always contain an acid and an oil as its base. While the acid tenderizes the meat, the oil penetrates into the meat bringing the other flavors into it. Once you've chosen an acid and oil, season that marinade with as many herbs as you'd like! Salt, pepper, and garlic are all classic grill seasonings, but the sky is the limit here when creating a marinade.
Use this grilled lime chicken marinade tonight, but next time get creative and come up with your own signature sauce!
instructions for making this grilled lime chicken recipe
It couldn't be easier to make grilled lime chicken.
First, make the marinade by combining the oil, lemon juice, lime juice, salt, and minced garlic.
Second, put the chicken in a baggie and pour in the marinade.
Marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Grill for 4-6 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness.
Serve and enjoy!
Grilled Lime Chicken with Cilantro and Lemon
- ½ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup lime and lemon juice mixed
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lightly dried cilantro (or 3 tbsp fresh cilantro)
- 4 chicken breasts
- Mix olive oil, lemon/lime juice, minced garlic, salt, and cilantro.
- Put chicken in a Ziplock bag or bowl and pour in marinade. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Grill breasts 4-5 minutes on each side. Serve with a side of rice, vegetables, or use in a grilled chicken salad.
need ideas for serving your grilled lime chicken?
Our two favorite ways to eat grilled lime chicken are:
- sliced and added to a southwestern-style salad with corn, avocado and beans
- over rice and topped with a sweet and easy homemade mango salsa
Grilled lime chicken is also perfect with a side of grilled or roasted vegetables and white rice. Some great choices are corn on the cob, asparagus, or roasted peppers.
My kids also love making Mexican rice bowls using this grilled lime chicken, where they get to pick what toppings go in their bowl. Their favorites are corn, tomatoes, and avocado! We like it topped with our favorite creamy cilantro lime dressing.
I hope that you enjoyed this delicious, juicy grilled lime chicken recipe! Let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear from you.
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