Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken


– 2 lb. chicken (breasts, thighs, legs, quarters or whole chicken) For Marinade: – 1/4 c. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped – 1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, good quality – 1/4 c. fresh squeezed lime juice (juice of 2 limes) – 1 Tbsp. lime zest (zest of 1 lime) – 2 tsp. minced garlic (about 2 cloves) – 2 tsp. chili powder – 1 tsp. ground cumin – 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika – 1 tsp. salt – 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


Step 1

In a medium bowl, add the cilantro, EVOO, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Whisk together to combine.

Step 2

To a resealable plastic bag or shallow baking dish, add the chicken. Pour the marinade over the top of the chicken, and cover well.

Step 3

Refrigerate the marinated chicken for a minimum of 30 minutes or maximum of 12 hours.

Step 4

Preheat your outdoor gas grill or indoor grill pan over medium heat. Lightly oil grill grates to prevent chicken from sticking. Grill the chicken for approximately 4-6 minutes per side (for boneless chicken breasts and thighs), or 8-10 minutes per side for bone-in cuts. Test for doneness using an instant read digital thermometer, with internal temperature reaching 165 degrees.

Step 5

Enjoy chicken right away. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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