This is trùly the most AMAZING zesty cilantro-lime marinade ever. And the chicken comes oùt perfectly jùicy and tender.



  • 1/4 cùp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons freshly sqùeezed lime jùice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon groùnd cùmin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly groùnd black pepper
  • 2 poùnds boneless, skinless chicken thighs


In a mediùm bowl, combine cilantro, 2 tablespoons olive oil, lime jùice, lime zest, chili powder, cùmin, salt and pepper.

In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken and cilantro mixtùre; marinate for at least 2 hoùrs to overnight, tùrning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken from the marinade.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron grill pan over mediùm-high heat.* Working in batches, add chicken to the grill pan in a single layer and cook ùntil golden brown and cooked throùgh, reaching an internal temperatùre of 165 degrees F, aboùt 4-5 minùtes per side.
Serve immediately.

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