This cilantro lime chicken is easy to make and packed with flavor! It's the perfect marinade for grilling, roasting, slow cooking, or sauteing. While the cilantro lime chicken can truly stand on its own, I've included accompanying recipes for a cilantro lime rice base and a delicious mango avocado salsa. This tasty and healthy meal will be a hit with whoever tries it. This meal also makes a great weekly meal prep.
MARINADE: Whisk together all of the marinade ingredients: 3/4 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup lime juice, 1 teaspoon lime zest, honey, 1 teaspoon cumin, soy sauce, garlic, and 1/4 cup cilantro in a medium-sized bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, but add to personal preference and reduce depending on sodium in soy sauce). Remove about 1/2 cup (put in an airtight container in the fridge for later) and pour the rest into a large resealable bag.
Trim the chicken of fat and pound the breasts to even thickness or slice in half to get evenly sized breasts and place in the bag with the rest of the marinade. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes making sure to flip the bag halfway through the time it is in the fridge. I recommend marinating for 2-8 hours.
COOK CHICKEN: (to see other methods of cooking chicken, read right above this recipe card) Lightly oil the grill grate or grill ridges on a grill pan or add 1 tablespoon oil to a skillet and then place the marinated chicken (discard marinade in bag) on the grill.
Grill for 10-12 minutes, turning once halfway in between, or until chicken juices run clear and internal temperature is at 165 degrees F. As you flip and cook the chicken, brush it generously with the reserved 1/2 cup marinade.
MANGO SALSA: For the salsa, take the remaining 1 tablespoon orange juice, remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons lime juice, remaining lime zest, and remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and toss together.
(OPTIONAL: When grilling the chicken, also grill the mango. Brush with oil and grill on one side for about 4-5 minutes at medium-high heat.)
Chop the mango and avocado into small bite-sized pieces. Add to the salsa along with the finely chopped red onion, red pepper, and jalapeno. Season the salsa to taste with pepper, salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cumin. Toss together.
ASSEMBLY: Serve grilled chicken over a bed of cilantro lime rice or quinoa (if desired -- see recipe notes) and add spoonfuls of the salsa to top. Enjoy immediately!
Cilantro Lime Rice/Quinoa:
Bring 2 cups of stock to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the butter and rice (or quinoa) and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice (or quinoa) is cooked through and tender. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, and salt + pepper to taste.