Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa


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

Yield: 4 servings



  • 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


  • 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


  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. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Recipe source: inspired by Cooking Light


  • Cleo: This was a meal that is worth commenting on. We had it for dinner last night . Not only was it easy (Most of it can be prepared ahead of time) but it was probably the best meal we have had this year! October 11, 2015 at 9:55am Reply

  • Cecile: where do you get lime zest?
    Everything on your site looks AMAZING!! August 12, 2015 at 10:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You use a citrus zester (and don’t grate down into the white portion or it will make the dish bitter). I have this one here and love it: Thanks for the compliment :)! August 12, 2015 at 11:25am Reply

      • Joseph: I wish i would have read this 1st, i washed the limes 1st and then they were hard to grate ( I do not have a zester), so Im sure i got down to the white portion a couple of times. WISH ME LUCK!!! It’s marinating right now. November 7, 2016 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Karina: This looks delicious! I love how colourful the whole dish looks! Thanks for the recipe! July 26, 2015 at 8:20am Reply

  • Brenna: Simply awesome meal. Awesome. Thank you!! July 25, 2015 at 10:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Brenna! July 26, 2015 at 12:42am Reply

  • Family Moore: This was delicious! My family thanks you from the bottom of their bellies. My 2 year old ate everything on his plate! Tons of yummy summer flavors. All I missed was a margarita! July 21, 2015 at 6:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family liked this chicken! Thanks for your review! July 21, 2015 at 10:42pm Reply

  • Suzanne: My son loved this chicken recipe! The lime zest added a lot of flavor without making it too sour. Thank you. It was a hit with the whole family. July 20, 2015 at 5:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear your family enjoyed it! Thanks for your feedback Suzanne! July 28, 2015 at 10:09am Reply

  • Karly: Loving all the flavor in this chicken! It looks perfect for a hot summer night. July 14, 2015 at 10:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Karly! July 14, 2015 at 5:25pm Reply

  • Medeja: Looks so summery and good! July 14, 2015 at 4:05am Reply

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