cilantro lime chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken is quick to whip up and with such a classic flavor combination it’s really hard to beat! The chicken marinade is easy to make and you can either grill, bake the chicken, or cook it in a skillet. Once cooked it keeps for several days in the fridge, or you can freeze it.

Start by adding all the marinade ingredients including the cilantro leaves, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, and olive oil to your blender and whizz it up until smooth.


Ingredients
8 Boneless skinless chicken thighs , about 2lb
MARINADE
1 cup cilantro leaves, packed , measure un-chopped leaves, about 1/2 bunch
1 tsp lime zest
1/4 cup lime juice , about 3 limes
3 cloves garlic , chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
Garnish
cilantro leaves
lime wedges

Instructions
Add all the marinade ingredients to a blender, and pulse until smooth.
Place the chicken pieces in a bowl or ziplock bag and add in the marinade and ensure that the chicken is evenly coated.
Let it marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

Stove Top Method
Heat a cast iron grill pan on a medium high heat and brush with olive oil
Grill each piece of chicken for about 5 minutes per side or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, check using a digital meat thermometer. (I do not recommend this method for cooking bone in thighs, use the oven or the grill.)

Oven Baked Method
Preheat your oven to 375°F
Bake the marinated boneless skinless chicken thighs for 25-30 minutes, Bone in thighs usually take about 45 minutes to cook.
Check that they are fully cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F by using a digital meat thermometer.

Grilling Method
Sear the chicken pieces for about two to three minutes per side over the hottest part of the grill first.
You may need to move the chicken to the less hot part off the grill to finish cooking it, especially if you are using bone in thighs as they will take longer to cook than boneless skinless or pounded thin chicken breast and may burn before they are fully cooked if left over the hottest part of the grill.
Boneless skinless thighs may take about 4-5 mins per side to cook, bone in thighs can take up to 15 minutes per side.
Check that it is fully cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F using a digital meat thermometer.

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