Grilled Lime-Cilantro Chicken

This is a favorite summer grill for anyone who loves Mexican-inspired cuisine.

Grilled Lime-Cilantro Chicken
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This savory dish is easy to prepare but does require additional time for marinading the meat. Limes are not created equal!
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican-inspired
Serves: 4-6
  • ½ cup olive oil*
  • 2 T garlic, minced*
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped (a big handful, about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 2 large lemons)**
  • ZEST from two large limes (equivalent)
  • A dash or two of white wine vinegar***
  • A dash of lime oil****
  • FOUR skinless/boneless chicken breasts - ~ 2 pounds
  • salt and pepper
  1. Mix marinade ingredients in a large plastic ziplock bag.
  2. Season chicken. Cut into chunks, then re-season, focusing on the cut sides.
  3. Please chicken in ziplock bag, let as much air out as possible and seal. Massage marinade into the chicken.
  4. Let chicken marinade at least four hours in the fridge or an hour at room temperature (70ish, not 80ish!). If marinading in the fridge, let stand at room temperature 20-30 minutes before cooking.
  5. Preheat grill to medium (~350-375).
  6. Place chicken in a grilling basket or on skewers. Cook, turning occasionally, until done; about 4 minutes per side.
  7. Serve with sliced lime, salsa, sour cream. Accompany with rice, salad, tortillas.
* I use Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Gourmet Garden chunky garlic ** I've been mixing the juice of Persian and Mexican limes. See resources below for information on the differences. *** I use Citrus Champagne Wine Vinegar **** optional; I use Boyajian Lime Oil These are organic chicken breasts from Costco.


Oil, lime, garlic, cilantro — waiting for chicken. You can see my small zester; I also use a microplane grater/zester rasp. This is the MUI flexible cutting board for vegetables.
four chicken breasts
Season breasts before cutting into chunks.
chunks of chicken breast
Now season the cut side of the chunks. You can see here which portions need seasoning.
chicken in marinade
Seal marinade bag, massage ingredients into chicken. Wait! Then to the grill.


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