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Cilantro Lime Chicken

Juicy Mexican cilantro lime chicken marinated with cilantro, lime juice and garlic. Pan-fry, bake or grill the chicken with this easy cilantro lime chicken recipe.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 5 minutes
    •    Cook time: 15 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 3


    •    lime wedges, for garnishing
    •    Chopped cilantro, for garnishing
    •    1 1/2 lbs (about 0.4 - 1kg) skin-on deboned chicken thighs

For marinade:

    •    3 tbsps olive oil
    •    2 tbsps lime juice
    •    4 cloves garlic, minced
    •    1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
    •    1 tsp red chili flakes or more to taste
    •    4 tbsps finely chopped cilantro stems and leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Whisk all the Marinade ingredients together in a big bowl, mix well. Add the chicken into the Marinade, stir to coat well. Marinate for 15 minutes but best for 2 hours.
  3. Heat up a skillet and pan-fry the chicken with the skin-side down until slightly browned. Turn over and pan-fry the other side of the chicken until slightly browned.
  4. Spoon the leftover Marinade on top of the chicken before baking. Bake the chicken for 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken and the Marinade residual to a serving platter (discard the oil), squirt some fresh lime juice, garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.

This great family recipe is thanks to RASA MALAYSIA at


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