Cilantro Lime Chicken

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Cilantro Lime Chicken – chicken kabobs marinated in garlic, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice.  A quick and easy grilled chicken dinner the whole family will ask for again and again.

I love grilling in the summer.  The prep and the clean up is always so easy.  Plus you don’t have to heat up your house, everything is so fresh, and the whole family is happy.  It can be something as simple as throwing burgers on the grill or this Grilled Turkey Tenderloin that is so flavorful and delicious. 

And I am a sucker for food on a stick. So these Chicken Skewers are one of my favorites and I love the cilantro lime flavor for these chicken kabobs.

Cilantro Lime Chicken – chicken kebabs marinated in garlic, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice. A quick and easy grilled chicken dinner the whole family will ask for again and again.

 

Cilantro and lime is a classic combination.  They just work together.  So for this chicken kabob marinade I used lime juice, oil, garlic, cilantro and a little jalapeno.  The flavors all came together pretty quickly and make this anything but a boring chicken dinner. 

When you are marinating with a lot of acid (lime juice in this case), you can’t let your meat sit in the marinade very long, or it will start to cook and break down.  So 25 minutes is just perfect to give it a little flavor, and then get dinner on the table.  You can definitely make this cilantro lime chicken any night of the week.

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And because every good kebab needs a dipping sauce, I made a little avocado dip to go with it.  Super simple; just avocado, a little yogurt and some lime juice. Chicken and avocado are the perfect combo, this Avocado Chicken Salad is one of my favorite lunches. 

This is great served with a fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad in the peak of summer!  Or throw some veggies on the grill next to the chicken and you can have dinner on the table in minutes.  I love grilling in the summer and this chicken kabob recipe is so easy, it will quickly become your go to!

Cilantro Lime Chicken – chicken kebabs marinated in garlic, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice. A quick and easy grilled chicken dinner the whole family will ask for again and again.

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A plate of grilled cilantro lime chicken skewers next to a lime wedge, with a bowl of avocado dipping sauce in the background.
5 from 7 votes

Cilantro Lime Chicken

By Erin
Summer grilling doesn’t get better than this juicy cilantro lime chicken! It's marinated in a zesty blend of lime juice and fresh herbs and then grilled on skewers. Perfect served with creamy avocado dipping sauce!
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound chicken, but into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • Salt and Pepper

Avocado Dipping Sauce

  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Combine lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno until they are well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chicken pieces, stir to coat everything together. Place in fridge for 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile preheat grill to high heat.
  • Once the chicken has marinated, thread chicken pieces onto skewers.
  • Grill over 6-7 minutes per side, until the chicken is completely cooked with an internal temperature of 165º F,
  • Meanwhile prepare the dipping sauce.
  • Scoop out the flesh of the avocado into a bowl. Use a fork to mash until smooth. Mix in yogurt, lime juice, and stir until everything is incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once the chicken is completely cooked, remove from the grill and serve with the dipping sauce.

Notes

Inspired by Cooking Light

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 170mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 442
Keyword: cilantro lime chicken, cilantro lime chicken recipe, lime cilantro marinade chicken
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9 Comments

  1. Grilling in the summer = the best! I try to drag it as far into the fall as possible. I’ll definitely add this one to our list, it looks fab!