Chicken Breast with Lime and Coriander

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Look for this recipe for chicken breast with lime and coriander when you want a healthy meal that doesn't skimp on flavor. Chicken breasts saturated with the bright flavor of lime taste great on their own and are versatile enough to use in a variety of other dishes.

I wanted to start this coriander lime chicken breast post with a nifty opening paragraph, but right now I can only think of funeral jokesā€¦ don't ask. So instead of reading this, just insert something smart -here- and continue with the rest of the post overwhelmed with a general feeling of amazement at my creativity …

Do you know why I love this recipe? This isn't one of those labor-intensive recipes that takes a lot of production so that only the family shrugs at the table. The coriander-lime chicken breast marinade is stupidly easy to dump and really penetrates the meat.

Seriously, since the marinade incorporates a healthy amount of lime juice, you don't want to let it marinate overnight or you'll end up with chicken ceviche!

This recipe is my favorite chicken recipe when I make chicken tacos, a sandwich with Caribbean flare, or a myriad of other dishes. It's just a great all-purpose recipe to keep in your back pocket because you'll find endless uses for it. Otherwise, there's nothing wrong with serving whole coriander lime chicken breast with a side of rice, like my coconut milk rice.

Those two recipes would taste great together.

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The last time I made this recipe the oven's digital thermometer broke. I picked up a replacement from a big box store, and the quality was just awful. The reported temperature of my chicken breast was over 10 degrees, which can really make your family sick. I returned it and bought this digital oven thermometer. The price is the same as I paid in the big store, but the quality is infinitely better.

I don't bake chicken without a digital oven thermometer. It's the best way to make sure you stop cooking while your coriander and lime chicken breast is at its optimum level of juiciness.

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Chicken Breast with Lime and Coriander

This recipe for coriander and lime chicken breast is what you want to achieve when you crave a healthy meal that doesn't skimp on flavor. Chicken breasts saturated with the bright flavor of lime taste great on their own and are versatile enough to use in a variety of other dishes.

Preparation time 20 minutes

Cook time 25 minutes

Total time 45 minutes

Course: Entry

Mexican Kitchen

Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 1 lime zest
  • ~ 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Optional: removed jalapeƱo seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper


  • Mix all the marinade ingredients and pour them into a gallon-sized plastic bag, then add the chicken.

  • Squeeze the air out of the bag and make sure the chicken is evenly covered by the marinade.

  • Place in the fridge and marinate the chicken for at least 15 minutes, but not more than 3 hours. (2-3 hours is ideal)

  • Heat skillet over medium-high heat and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Remove chicken from marinade, discard any product that sticks to chicken breast, and place in hot skillet.

  • Let the chicken brown on each side until golden, trying not to move the chicken while it is browning.

  • Transfer the chicken to an oven safe skillet and allow it to finish baking until it reaches 165 degrees inside. ~ 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken breast.

  • Let stand 5 minutes and serve.


The acid in the lime juice will cook the raw chicken breast if it's marinated too long, just like ceviche. I've seen other similar recipes that say you can marinate chicken all night, DON'T!

* Calories listed are an imprecise estimate and accuracy should not be assumed.

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