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

30 Minute Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade

This easy to make cilantro lime chicken marinade only needs 30 minutes before the chicken is ready to throw on the grill! It's a perfectly simple and tasty dinner idea that is sure to be your family's new favorite.
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Course: entree, marinade
Cuisine: barbecue, chicken, easy dinner, entree, grill
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Grill Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 328kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 700mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 14.3% | Vitamin C: 1.5% | Calcium: 2.5% | Iron: 10.5%