Zesty Cilantro Lime Chicken Delight


Elevate your meal with our Zesty Cilantro Lime Chicken Delight. This recipe features chicken marinated in a vibrant blend of fresh cilantro, tangy lime, and aromatic spices. The result is a dish that's bursting with flavor, perfect for grilling or baking. This dish not only tantalizes your taste buds but also fills your kitchen with an irresistible aroma, making it an ideal choice for both family dinners and special occasions.

Zesty Cilantro Lime Chicken Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 2 hours (includes marinating)
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 265 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Sodium: 220mg


  • 4 chicken breasts (approx. 800 grams or 28 ounces)
  • 30 grams (1 ounce) fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 60 milliliters (2 ounces) olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 grams (0.18 ounces) cumin powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. In a bowl, whisk together lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place chicken breasts in a sealable bag. Pour marinade over chicken and seal bag.
  3. Ensure chicken is well-coated and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and grill or bake until fully cooked (internal temperature of 75°C or 165°F).
  5. Serve hot, garnished with additional cilantro and lime wedges.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For deeper flavor, marinate the chicken overnight.
  • If grilling, oil the grill grates to prevent sticking.
  • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes after cooking for juicier results.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use this marinade for other meats?

Yes, it works great with pork, beef, or even fish.

What sides pair well with this dish?

A fresh salad, grilled vegetables, or rice complement this dish beautifully.

How can I ensure the chicken stays moist?

Avoid overcooking and consider using chicken thighs for a juicier texture.