Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

Published on Jul 05, 2016

  by   Kristina Stosek

4 reviews

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4
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Cilantro and lime chicken is all about juicy, tender chicken breast marinated in a special sauce made with fresh cilantro, lime juice, dijon mustard and seasoning, then cooked to perfection. 

This chicken dinner is a wonderful dish to prepare a day in advance, then pop in the oven for 30 minutes, and dinner is ready. 

cilantro lime chicken in a skillet with limes and fresh cilantro

easy low-carb chicken dinner recipe

Are you looking for an easy low-carb chicken dinner recipe? This cilantro and lime chicken is both delicious and low-carb! This dish is made using only eight ingredients plus salt and pepper.

This chicken recipe is ideal for novice cooks, especially for busy weeknights, because you can prepare it a day in advance.

Cilantro and Lime Chicken Recipe Details

Making this cilantro and lime chicken is so easy it may become one of your weekly dinner recipes.

First, make the marinade. To do this, add everything except the chicken into a food processor. Pulse a few times to create a sauce. Done!

Next, place the chicken in a baking dish and pour the cilantro and lime sauce over the top. Cover the dish and refrigerate. The chicken should be marinated for at least two hours or overnight.

When ready, bake the chicken uncovered until cooked, about 30 minutes. Then spoon the sauce over the chicken just before serving. That is all there is to it!

Why marinating cilantro lime chicken is so important

Marinating the chicken is essential because it helps to tenderize the meat and infuse it with flavor. When chicken is cooked without being marinated, it can often be dry and bland, especially chicken breast. 

Marinating the chicken before cooking allows the flavors of the marinade to penetrate the meat, resulting in a juicier, more flavorful chicken.

Can I use other cuts of chicken?

You can use any cut of chicken for this recipe, but we recommend using boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. 

overview of chicken in a cilantro lime sauce in a skillet


If you want to keep this chicken dinner low carb, serve it with fauxtatoes, zucchini noodles or roasted caulifllower.

Our favorite sides that go exceptionally well with cilantro lime chicken are:

Spanish Rice

Smashed Crispy Potatoes

Gluten Free Schezwan Noodles

Gluten-Free Pull-Apart Soft Rolls



If you have leftovers, store them in a closed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. The best way to reheat this chicken dish is in a saucepan over medium-low heat.

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