Crispy Cilantro Lime Chicken is juicy on the inside, golden and crisp on the outside, cooked in mouth watering flavorful pan drippings! Mexican-inspired Crispy Cilantro Lime Chicken that marinades in no time thanks to a rich-in-flavor sauce. Garlic, cilantro and lime takes simple chicken thighs and turns them into a mouth-watering recipe thanks to all of those flavors mixing through the incredible pan drippings!
Servings: 6 Calories: 390 kcal
Author: Karina – Cafe Delites
3 tablespoons olive oil divided
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (Juice of 2 limes)
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon red chili (or pepper) flakes
4 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
6 bone-in skin-on (or off) chicken thighs
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh cilantro leaves to serve
Lime slices or wedges to serve
Preheat oven to 220°C | 425°F.
In a medium-sized shallow bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil together with the lime juice, chopped cilantro, chili flakes, garlic, sugar and cumin. Add the chicken thighs to the marinade and toss to evenly coat. Cover and refrigerate thighs for 15 minutes.
Heat the remaining one tablespoon of oil in a non stick pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the thighs along with any marinade left over in the bowl, and sear chicken — skin-side down — for 4 minutes on each side until golden and crispy (chicken will not be fully cooked).
Transfer to preheated oven and bake until the chicken is cooked through (about 15-20 minutes).
Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and lime slices or wedges.
Serve over steamed rice or cauliflower rice, and drizzle with the pan juices.