Garlic, red pepper, lime and cilantro make a zesty marinade for chicken breasts before putting them on the grill.

Yield: 6 servings

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Nutritional Highlights: In spite of its divisive nature – you either love or hate cilantro – it contains disease-fighting vitamin K and beta-carotene.

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Recipe From: Tennessee Home and Farm


  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fine pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Tips & Notes

Do you have a lot of leftover cilantro with this recipe? Serve up a side of Zesty Corn and Black Bean Salsa, which also uses a lime and cilantro dressing.



  1. Place chicken breasts in zipper-seal bag. Using a rolling pin or similar implement, flatten the thicker parts of the chicken so they match the thinner parts. You want a consistent thickness (no thinner than 3/4 of an inch) throughout to ensure the chicken cooks evenly.
  2. Mix marinade ingredients and pour over chicken. Marinate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove from bag.
  4. On gas grill over medium-high heat, grill chicken breasts with lid down for six minutes. Turn and grill with the lid up 6 to 10 more minutes or until chicken reaches 170 degrees on a meat thermometer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories – 475, Fat – 29.5g, Protein – 49.5g, Vitamin C – 12%, Iron – 12%.

**Nutrition information is calculated using an online calorie calculator. Variations may exist. Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

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    • Jessy Yancey says:

      Absolutely, we’re happy to! Thanks for the comment, and let us know how it turns out! (I’m a big fan of this one.)


  1. kelli-AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    Oh I love love cilantro and lime! yummy! thanks for linking with Kids in the Kitchen-

  2. Synthia says:

    Great Recipe! My family loved it!

  3. Julie says:

    I made this one the other day, and everyone loved it! Truly easy and yummy! Thanks! I’ve shared it with many cilantro-loving fans!

    • Jessy Yancey says:

      Great, happy to hear that you enjoyed it! One of my personal favorites, too.

      Thanks for sharing!
      Jessy Yancey
      Editor, Farm Flavor

  4. Jessy @ Farm Flavor says:

    Linked up at Mix It Up Monday.

  5. rose says:

    So good will make again..

  6. Jamie says:

    Awesome! The whole family loved it! Wonderful flavor! I marinated the chicken for 6 hours and it still had wonderful flavor!

  7. Shannon says:

    Can you make this on a charcole grill??? I was planning on making this but now hold off because we don’t have a gas grill :/

    • Jessy Yancey says:

      Absolutely! I have made this on a charcoal grill or even used the marinade recipe and just baked chicken in the oven. Just follow the instructions up to step 3, and then grill your chicken as you would normally on a charcoal grill (6-8 minutes for each side for boneless breasts, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees on a meat thermometer).

      Hope this helps, and happy grilling!

      Jessy Yancey
      editor, Farm Flavor

  8. Amjed Baig Barlas says:

    This is an amazing site

  9. Stefanie says:

    Ahhhhhh-mazing! My family loves this recipe! So glad I found it! This is the only way I want to eat grilled chicken anymore!!

  10. Lisa says:

    I will be serving someone who doesn’t like cilantro. How do you think this would work with parsley or basil?

    I have made this several times for company and everyone raves about it. Except some people don’t eat cilantro :(

    • Rachel Bertone says:

      Hi Lisa,

      We know what you mean, it seems like people either love or hate cilantro! Parsley would definitely work with this recipe. Basil would work too, and we suggest trying lemon basil to stick with the citrus theme. You could even use lemon juice in place of the lime juice. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, Farm Flavor

    • resep kue lebaran says:

      nice post :) i like your food article

  11. amber says:

    Has anyone ever frozen this in the marinade and made it later?

  12. Cindy says:

    Wondering how this would work in the crock pot. Could I cook it in the marinade or drain and just let it roast?

  13. melissa says:

    can i bake this instead of grilling?

    • Jessy Yancey says:

      Hi Melissa,

      I think you could follow any marinated baked chicken recipe and use this cilantro lime dressing as the marinade. Hope this helps!

      Jessy Yancey

  14. Caverta Online says:

    Thanks for this delicious recipe, I am gonna try this at home this weekend hope my family will like it as well.

  15. says:

    Ohh, i’m drooling right now.

  16. Crystal says:

    This recipe sounds likeep it will be amazing. I can’t wait to try it tonight.

  17. Sjack says:

    We love this recipe! After we grill the chicken we slice it up with veggies and put it on a tortilla shell as a grilled tasso recipe!

  18. chhiwat says:

    This looks delicious,Thank You

  19. Jacquline Futch says:

    Love baking with little foil packets and especially with salmon. Copper River Salmon goes pretty quick as it’s season is gone before you can blink, but Costco usually carries it. This looks sensational. Thanks!