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I have found that marinating chicken more than 2 hours in lime or lemon juice can actually toughen the meet. I marinate in buttermilk overnight and then in the flavored marinade for 1.5-2 hours on the day I grill the chicken.
Awesome. Lite filling good flavor
Make as is, it has just the right amount of lime and cilantro in my opinion. Nice easy, weeknight meal that has great flavor. Next time I may just let it marinate over night!
Family favorite! Love it EVERY time.❤️
This was tasty! I was in a hurry and did the minimum of 30min marinade, but it still had great flavor! I can’t wait to see what it tastes like after marinating overnight! Thanks for sharing for us cilantro-lime lovers out here!
This looks delicious and is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Unfortunately, I don’t have a grill. Do you think this would work better broiled or baked?
Hi Ann, you should be able to easily bake, broil, or even pan roast the chicken.
What temperature do you think to bake and how long?
Hi, Lucinda! I’d recommend 400F for 20 to 30 minutes. It’s done when the chicken registers 165F in the thickest part with a digital thermometer. Enjoy!
I was in hospital they served this it looked like it was done in the oven was a little brown but no marks. I had it the next 3 meals it was tender moist and good
Would this marinade work for salmon? Or could you suggest something similar?
Sure! I bet it would be awesome with salmon.
This is one of the best recipes I’ve ever used…I used some tequila, as one reviewer suggested, and I cut the breast lenth-wise into strips; I marinated it overnight, and threaded the chicken onto skewers ribbon-fashion. It was tender, cooked quickly on the grill, and absolutely disappeared. This one is now a permanent part of my collection–HIGHLY recommended
I made this last night, and it was very tasty. After mixing the marinade, I reserved two tablespoons before adding the chicken (which I had butterflied to make it thinner). I mixed the reserved marinade with some plain yogurt and mayo, and served it as a dipping sauce for the chicken. It did help to reinforce the flavours, and will work well drizzled over leftover chicken in wraps tonight. Thank you for a great recipe to put into my summer grilling season.
Made this tonight and put in whole wheat tortilla with avocado, shredded Monterey Jack, salsa, black beans and cilantro. I marinated the chicken over night and it was delicious. It could have been eaten on its own. I will be making this again in a salad and a main dish. I did enjoy it in my burrito too
I’m so glad you liked it Janine!
This was great! My only criticism is that the cilantro taste was hardly noticeable. Next time, I will add more or at least make sure that enough from the marinade stays on the chicken when I cook it. This chicken was totally delicious though, and smelled amazing. Thanks for sharing!
I’ve made this a couple of times. So good!
I slice it over a mixed green salad with feta and
Avocado and simply lime juice and olive oil and a small sprinkle of lemon pepper. YUM!
I like Wendy’s idea for the tortilla wraps as well…I’d add a lime, cilantro and garlic aioli to punch up the lime flavour.
Made this last night for dinner. Only had 1 lb of chicken breasts, but kept everything else the same! It was absolutely delicious and tasted so fresh. We chopped up the chicken and served it in homemade corn tortillas topped with pico de gallo, sour cream and monterey jack! SO good!!
This recipes going into our favorites cookbook :)
This was absolutely wonderful Elise! I just had to post about my experience making it and take some really awful pictures! :) But I totally linked back to you because you deserve all the kudos for this one! Thanks again and keep the good stuff coming! Cheers!
Hi Jeff, I’m so glad you liked it! I love your photos too.
I’m going to make this. I wonder how it would be wrapped in some bacon. :-) I think I’ll cook up a little bacon or pancetta and crumble it up and serve it over the top. Thanks for the recipe!
This looks and sounds great! I’m having the BF over for dinner and am wondering what sides would be recommended? Thanks! I LOVE your site!
Tried it as is … it was amazing, made it again and this time i added 2 tbsp of tequila, made it more juicy and tender, you should give it a try with the tequila.
I really love this flavour combo. So bright and summery.
I’m always up for an easy to make marinade – quick question… My wife does not like cilantro at all and opts-out whenever possible – what could serve as a proxy in this recipe? Parsley? Basil? Thanks in advance and love the blog – have passed it along to many family and friends and have referenced it for recipe ideas more times that I can count!
You could try using basil, or maybe some fresh grated ginger.
Mint is a decent substitute for cilantro as well.
I love cilantro+lime (and those avocado wedges on the side)! A little ginger would be a great addition.