Cilantro Lime Chicken – juicy, moist chicken marinated with cilantro, lime and garlic. You can pan-fry, bake or grill the chicken with this easy recipe.
Zesty, moist, juicy and out-of-the-world cilantro lime chicken is sure-fire way to tantalize your palate and I have the perfect recipe for you. Just look at the pictures, don’t you just feel happy (and hungry!) at the very sight of this chicken?
I used skin-on chicken thighs but deboned. You can use skinless and boneless chicken breast or chicken thighs if you prefer. Marinate the chicken for 15 minutes, then pan-fry it for a few minutes before baking it for 20 minutes. Dinner is ready before you know it, and everyone will be happier after feasting on this chicken.
- 1 1/2 s lb skin-on deboned chicken thighs
- Lime wedges for garnishing
- Chopped cilantro for garnishing
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 4 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro stems and leaves
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 heaping teaspoon red chili flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
Preheat oven to 375F.
Whisk all the Marinade ingredients together in a big bowl, mix well. Add the chicken into the Marinade, stir to coat well. Marinate for 15 minutes but best for 2 hours.
Heat up a skillet and pan-fry the chicken with the skin-side down until slightly browned. Turn over and pan-fry the other side of the chicken until slightly browned.
Transfer the skillet into oven and bake for 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken and the Marinade residual (after baking) to a serving platter (discard the oil), squirt some fresh lime juice and garnish with cilantro, serve immediately.
Make sure you use an oven-safe skillet or pan before baking the chicken in the oven. You may also grill the chicken. For the chicken, you can use boneless and skinless chicken breast/chicken thighs or bone-in chicken thighs.