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Cilantro Lime Chicken

This dish was so tasty my picky 8-year-old actually ate it!

So I got this recipe from my sister, Joey who got it from Cooking Fresh Magazine – Fall 2008.  Just a few tweaks made and here you go!

Cilantro-Lime chicken and Zucchini

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on, chicken thighs
  • 1 large lime
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Zucchini-as many as you want

Preheat oven to 375

In a small bowl, combine the coriander and cumin, sea salt, and pepper.

Coat the chicken with the oil and season both sides with the spice mixture.

Pan-fry the chicken on medium-high heat for 5 minutes on each side.  Transfer to oven, and bake for 32 minutes. Small thighs may take only 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven when done, and garnish with fresh-squeezed lime juice and chopped cilantro.

*Zucchini makes a great addition to this dish – I cut them in half lengthwise, season with olive oil and pepper, and put in the oven with the chicken when there are 16 minutes left. You will notice mine are a little brown on top…that is because once I removed them from the oven I returned them to the messy pan I had fried the chicken in and gave them a quick sizzle, just a couple of minutes in the hot pan will do! Drizzle the zucchini with the lime juice and cilantro.

*This dish could easily turn Italian by replacing the cilantro with parsley and the lime with lemon, and some of the spices with italian seasonings.

Click here for your printable recipe!

Enjoy! Shelley


  1. Yum! I’m totally trying this tonight. The Italian variant, I think, because that’s what I’ve got in my cupboard. Can I just mention that you’re awesome because you 1) have printable recipes and b) the title’s in my fave font! Hopefully your blog can change my eating habits a bit for the better :)

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  3. Uncle Mike

    I accidentally came home from the market with chicken breasts…I browned then just a little longer on each side kept them in the oven the 32 minutes and they came out excellent! What a quick and great meal…Thanks #:-)

  4. Jacina

    My boyfriend and I looovved this recipe!!! I almost feel guilty eating it!! Thank you so much for posting so many great recipes.

  5. Robert

    Thank you for a great recipe. Im only new to paleo but with recipes like these i am finding I have a new lease on life and my cooking. I made this tonight for the family and it was devoured. Looking forward to trying some of your other ideas and reading the blog. Cheers. 

  6. Kim Engle

    I made this chicken last night and it turned out awesome! I was skeptical about it cooking through all the way, but man the chicken was moist and cooked perfectly. The flavors were really great together. I love lime and cilantro together. We doubled the recipe since we got a deal on chicken thighs at the store. Very easy and impressive. Thanks!!

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