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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

These Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs are incredibly juicy and flavorful.  The easy chicken marinade is quick to throw together and the tender chicken is so zesty and fresh that you will want to make this all year long!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Additional Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 372kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 limes juice and zest
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • In a medium bowl, combine the cilantro, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, honey, chili powder, salt, cumin, and black pepper.  Remove two tablespoons of the marinade and reserve for later. 
  •  In a large Ziploc bag, combine the chicken and the remaining marinade. Seal and squish to make sure the chicken is evenly coated in the cilantro lime marinade, then refrigerate for 2 to 10 hours to marinate.
  • Heat a grill to medium-high heat, then remove the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade, and grill for 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked through and an instant read meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken.
  • Remove chicken from grill and drizzle with the reserved marinade. Let the grilled chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. with lime wedges and additional chopped cilantro for garnish.  


If you prefer, you could add all the marinade ingredients to a food process and blend for 1 minute to create a slightly different marinade, then proceed as normal.  


Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 597mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 258IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg