Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

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I am obsessed with this cilantro lime marinade. It's really more like a chimichurri or pesto and it is so so good. We literally drizzled it over everything on our plates and I made an extra batch in the morning so we would have it in the house. My friends have also starting calling it that magic green sauce and have been asking for it on the regular. I mean what's not to like about cilantro, lime juice, garlic, olive oil, and just a hint of sweetness and a hint of spice. Unless you are one of those people who think cilantro tastes like soap, then this may not be for you. By the way, I don't understand you at all, I LOVE cilantro.

Now let's talk about the chicken. It's really just a delivery vehicle for the amazing sauce, but it's a really good one. The chicken gets super tender from the lime juice and is packed with flavor. You can use breasts, thighs, or a combination of both. I prefer cooking it on the grill to add some smokiness, but you could also cook this in a skillet or bake it in the oven. And definitely make extras - it makes a killer chicken salad.

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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

PREP TIME: 1 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 1 Hours, 15 Min
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  • 1.33 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar (leave out for low carb/Paleo/Whole30)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

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Cut the chicken into thick strips.


Add the cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, water, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cumin, and red pepper flakes to a food processor or blender. Pulse until combined. Set half the sauce aside and marinate the chicken in remaining sauce for at least one hour.


When ready to grill, remove the chicken from marinade letting excess drip off. Grill for 4-6 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through. Drizzle remaining sauce on the chicken and serve.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250
Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 74mg
Sodium 647mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 4g
Protein 32g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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