Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

Anything with cilantro in it is right up my alley. But these cilantro lime chicken thighs have become part of my weekly meal rotation. They are easy to make, and I’m not exaggerating, all you gotta do is marinate and cook. They are incredibly flavorful and versatile. You can serve these a multitude of ways and never have a boring meal again.

Now, to make cilantro lime chicken, you gotta start with a bomb ass marinade. Let me tell you, this marinade it where it’s at! The flavors all compliment each other so nicely. In turn creating a flavor base that pairs well with an array of meals and dishes.


  • Cilantro (of course)
  • lime juice and zest
  • coconut aminos
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • garlic

To cook the chicken, I used a grill pan because I live in an apartment. But you can certainly use an outdoor grill. One thing about using a grill pan, if your pan is too small to cook all the chicken at the same time, cook them in batches. Do not overcrowd your pan. You want to make sure you get nice grill marks and sear on the chicken.

Like I stated before, I love serving these chicken thighs in a multitude of ways. But my my favorites include over a loaded taco salad and inside taco shells. Taco Tuesdays will never be boring again when you have this recipe in your arsenal.

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Let’s Get Cooking

Let’s Get Cooking

Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are marinated then perfectly grilled. Serve over a salad, inside taco shells or over cauliflower rice.
Chicken thighs are marinated then perfectly grilled. Serve over a salad, inside taco shells or over cauliflower rice.
Prep Time:2 hours 10 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:2 hours 25 mins
Yields:4 Serves


  • 1/4
    cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/4
    cup olive oil
  • 2
    tbsp coconut aminos
  • 4
    cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1
    tsp lime zest
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2
    tsp sea salt
  • 1/2
    tsp ground cumin
  • 1
    1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • lime wedges to serve


  1. To begin, add the cilantro, olive oil, coconut aminos, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, salt and cumin into a large bowl and stir to combine. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the marinade into a separate bowl and set it aside for later.
  2. Now, trim the chicken thighs of any extra fat and transfer them into the large bowl of marinade. Toss the chicken to make sure its well coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl and let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Now, Heat a grill pan until it starts to smoke a little. Brush a little ghee onto the grill pan. If you are using an outdoor grill, heat it accordingly and move on to the next step.
  4. Gently shake the chicken thighs to remove any access marinade and add the chicken to the grill pan/grill, skin side down. Cook the chicken thighs for 4-5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165˚F. Transfer the chicken to a serving dish to rest.
  5. Drizzle the untouched, leftover marinade over the chicken and serve with lime wedges.


  • If you’re using a grill pan and it’s not large enough to accommodate all the chicken thighs at the same time, make sure you cook them in batches. You want the chicken to having beautiful grill marks and if the pan is crowded, you will end up sautéing the chicken instead of getting a nice sear in them.

Nutrition Facts

Serves 4
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Ssp you have to cook on grill pan or can chicken be cooked in a skillet ? Making this tonight !

This is seriously the best chicken ever!!! My family loves it. I double it every time because my kids usually ask for seconds. And, if they don’t, we have leftovers for the next day.

This was wonderful. My only negative comment would be the amount of time it took. The chicken came out incredibly tender, and the sauce had great flavor! We normally don’t eat the skin, but it was very easy to pull it back and eat the rest. I did make a mess in the oven, so I would suggest putting a cookie sheet below the pan while it is in the oven. Brand new oven was initiated! Oh, well.. it was worth it!

First, thank you for the feedback. But I’m guessing you’re leaving your review on the wrong recipe. This dish doesn’t require the oven or chicken with skin.

This marinade is so incredibly flavorful and makes the chicken SO juicy. I only had chicken breast, I pounded them out a bit and adjusted cooking time for the different cut of meat, and it still turned out incredible. I think Charlotte is a flavor genius—I am always shocked at how tasty her recipes are with such minimal, straight-forward ingredients.

Sandie girl I appreciate you so much. Thank you so much for your lovely comment I hope you continue to enjoy my recipes. so much love to you

Hi, i found you today while looking for keto cookbooks on amazon. Gotta say this and the sheet pan kung pao chicken recipes look AMAZING!!! Definitely will be trying these for my teenaged hangry boys. My hubby and i are carnivore and i want to start cooking healthier for them. Thank you very much!!!