Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

07.14.2015

During the summer I’m all about grilled chicken recipes! They are easy, flavorful and they’re always an entree my family can agree on. This Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken is no exception. It is packed with vibrant flavor and I can’t get over how amazing the avocado salsa is with it. You get tender juicy chicken thanks to a delicious marinade and a perfect sear over a hot grill (and of course checking that chicken temp as to not overdue it) and with all the fresh ingredients here you just can’t go wrong.

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If you like Mexican and Southwestern flavors you’ll love this chicken! Really, what’s not to love about it? If avocado is listed in the ingredients it’s almost guaranteed to be good right? And you can never go wrong with the cilantro-lime combination. Combine those with a few other fresh ingredients and you turn a bland and boring piece of chicken into something worth remembering. So good you may find yourself returning to it on a regular basis!

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Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

5 from 6 votes

This juicy grilled chicken is marinated in a cilantro-lime mix and topped with a fresh avocado salsa.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled chicken, lime chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 401 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 (6 oz) chicken boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil , plus more for brushing grill
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro , plus more for serving
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salsa

  • 1 1/2 medium avocados (ripe but semi-firm), diced
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes , chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion , rinsed under cool water to remove harsh bite
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Place chicken on a cutting board, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and pound thicker parts of chicken to an even thickness. Transfer chicken to a gallon size resealable plastic bag.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, honey, cilantro, 3 cloves minced garlic and season with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Pour marinade mixture over chicken in bag.
  3. Seal bag while pressing air out, then rub marinade over chicken. Allow to rest in refrigerator 2 - 4 hours (rotating bag to opposite side and moving chicken around halfway through if possible to ensure it's evenly marinating).
  4. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat (to about 425 - 450 degrees). Brush grill grates lightly with oil then grill chicken until center registers 160 - 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 4 minutes per side. Remove and let rest 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl toss together avocado, tomato, onion, garlic and lime and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon a generous amount over chicken and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve warm.
  6. Recipe source: inspired by Cooking Light
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Potassium 918mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 4g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 9.8%
Vitamin C 28.5%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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71 comments

  • Kathy: This recipe is delicious. Made it while on a summer camping trip. Have made it several times since. Thank you so much for sharing!!! June 11, 2018 at 3:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy it was enjoyed! June 11, 2018 at 5:53pm Reply

  • Crystal: Love love love this dish! Looks fancy but is super simple to make! My family loves it! May 12, 2018 at 9:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback! May 15, 2018 at 11:23am Reply

  • Kelly: So yummy! Making this again for Mother’s Day! May 12, 2018 at 11:26am Reply

  • Shay: This was outstanding! My family loved all the flavors, especially the lime!! And the salsa was amazing! March 27, 2018 at 6:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it! Thanks for the great feedback! March 28, 2018 at 2:28pm Reply

  • Susan: One of our favorites!!! Grill chicken on BFE for added flavor. Serve with Zattaran’s Caribbean style rice. February 4, 2018 at 3:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! February 5, 2018 at 1:05pm Reply

  • Kacie: Hello! We love this recipe and make it quite often! Is it possible to freeze the chicken in marinade and thaw when ready to cook? September 17, 2017 at 12:00pm Reply

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