Easy 30 minute cilantro lime chicken marinade. Perfect for summer grilling!

30 Minute Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade

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Course: marinade
Cuisine: entree
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless , skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice from 2 large limes
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (tightly packed)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper


  • Add olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, garlic cloves and seasonings to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until garlic and cilantro are finely minced and well incorporated.
  • Pour marinade into a gallon ziploc bag.
  • Add chicken breasts to bag, seal tightly releasing all of the air.
  • Gently shake up the bag, being sure to get chicken fully covered by marinade.
  • Let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, up to 4 hours.
  • Grill or bake chicken until fully cooked and no longer pink in the middle.