Cilantro Lime Chicken


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One of my favorite easy weeknight dinners is Cilantro Lime Chicken. In just a few minutes, you can have a tasty chicken and homemade salsa!

a collage of Cilantro Lime Chicken next to beans, and corn on a green plate with title text reading Cilantro Lime Chicken

If you’re not a big fan of dark meat (I don’t really have a preference), you can certainly substitute breasts for the thighs called for in this recipe. I would recommend, however, that you stick with the boneless version of any chicken you use.

It just takes so much longer (it feels like) to cook bone-in chicken.

For quick weeknight meals, I just always reach for boneless.

And who doesn’t love a quick weeknight meal?! I’ll do just about anything to shave off a few minutes of cooking so I can spend as little time standing in the kitchen as possible!

a forkful of Cilantro Lime Chicken  above a plate of more chicken next to beans, and corn on a green plate

What You Need to Make Cilantro Lime Chicken

I just love making cilantro lime chicken, it’s such a simple chicken recipe that definitely falls in my no-fail category. Basically, anyone can make this quick weeknight meal, as long as you can follow basic cooking instructions.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 lbs chicken thighs or breasts, boneless
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 chopped jalapeno, optional
  • 1 cup finely diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
a knife, glass bowls and ingredients needed to make  Cilantro Lime Chicken

How to Make Cilantro Lime Chicken

Step 1

Place olive oil and chicken in a skillet over high heat.

Step 2

While the chicken is cooking, chop bell pepper, tomato and jalapeno. Combine them in a second small pan over medium heat to make a homemade salsa. You don’t want to cook it necessarily, but warming it and mixing it is the goal.

a hand holding a bell pepper being chopped by a knife on a wooden cutting board

Step 3

Juice limes and chop cilantro, adding both to the chicken and stirring well.

a hand holding half a lemon next to a knife, the other half of the lemon, a jalapeno and cilantro on a wooden cutting board

Step 4

Flip the chicken when the bottom is cooked, then, when the chicken is cooked all the way through, remove from the stove and serve with the homemade salsa over the top.

a closeup of  Cilantro Lime Chicken next to corn on a green plate

More Easy Chicken Recipes You’ll Love

If you love this easy chicken recipe, but you’re not quite ready to bust out your cutting board, just pin this to your favorite easy weeknight dinner ideas board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!

Yield: 2 Servings Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken

I love how easy it is to make Cilantro Lime Chicken and the flavor...it's just amazing. Plus, who doesn't love a 15 minute recipe?!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, boneless
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 chopped jalapeno, optional
  • 1 cup finely diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place olive oil and chicken in a skillet over high heat.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, chop bell pepper, tomato and jalapeno. Combine them in a second small pan over medium heat to make a homemade salsa.
  3. Juice limes and chop cilantro, adding both to the chicken and stirring well.
  4. Flip the chicken when the bottom is cooked, then, when the chicken is cooked all the way through, remove from the stove and serve with the homemade salsa over the top.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 820mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 71g

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