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A pan full of cooked cilantro lime chicken, garnished with slices of lime and cilantro leaves.
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Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cilantro lime chicken thighs are incredibly juicy and bursting with bright, Latin flavors. This is an easy weeknight meal the entire family will love. Watch the video above to see how I make it!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Marinate: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: baked chicken thighs, chicken thigh recipes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 6 chicken thighs bone-in and skin-on
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 limes zested and juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves chopped


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together two tablespoons of olive oil, lime juice and zest, cumin, chili powder, minced garlic, honey, salt, pepper, and chopped cilantro. You can also pulse in a food processor until it's combined.
  • Combine the marinade and chicken thighs in a bowl or shallow dish. Marinate chicken for 30 minutes to an hour in the fridge.
    Marinating the chicken in a mixing bowl with the cilantro lime marinade.
  • When the chicken is done marinating, take it out of the fridge and let it sit for 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Heat the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken for 5-6 minutes with the skin side down, until they're golden brown.
  • Then flip the chicken and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. The chicken will not be fully cooked at this point.
    Chicken thighs cooked on the skin side, now cooking on the bottom side in a pan.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake the chicken thighs for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven, let it rest for 5 minutes, and garnish with extra lime slices and cilantro leaves before serving.
    Fully cooked cilantro lime chicken in a pan with slices of lime and cilantro.



  • I always recommend using an oven thermometer since most ovens vary as much as 50 degrees in temperature.
  • Experiment with different chili powders in this recipe (and always feel free to add a little more!). Grocery stores are now carrying different varieties of chili powder like guajillo or chipotle.
  • My favorite oven-safe pan is this Staub 12" fry pan.


Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg