Chili Lime Chicken makes for a delicious chicken dinner recipe and even a great leftover chicken recipe as chili lime chicken tacos! Our chili lime chicken marinade can also be used on other proteins or even vegetables.
Benefits of using Citrus / Acids in Marinades
Freshly squeezed citrus juice is excellent for marinades. It’s the main part of a good marinade. When you use citrus (or an acid like vinegar) you’re allowing the acid from them to break down the raw meat. By doing this it allows the marinade to soak up into the meat and it will become extremely flavorful. The acid in marinades may even slow the growth of some harmful bacterias, like listeria. Marinating meat with acidic ingredients like lemon juice and vinegar cuts down Advanced Glycation End production. AGEs are harmful compounds. They accumulate naturally as you age and are created when certain foods are cooked at high temperatures. (More info on AGE)
Chili Lime Chicken Marinade:
You will need:
- Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
- Olive Oil
- Chili Powder
- Granulated Garlic
- Parsley or Cilantro
- Sea Salt
How to marinate Chicken
We typically marinade our chicken for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Cover the entire piece of protein with the chili lime marinade this way each piece will be seasoned and flavorful.
I like to use a glove to really get the marinade spread nicely. If you double the marinade you could easily soak it in a glass container in the fridge in the marinade. We do not recommend using the marinade after the raw meat has soaked in it, so, for this reason, we like to just cover our chicken and not waste ingredients. You can cook your marinated chicken as desired
How long to marinate Chicken
1 to 2 hours is how long to marinate chicken in the refrigerator for optimal flavor. Chicken is the most forgiving with marinades, you can typically marinate chicken for hours in the refrigerator before cooking. Other protein varies. If you’re doing it too long the protein can become tough as the acid can “cook” the protein. For example, Fish and seafood can easily become ceviche (ceviche is a raw fish dish that is cooked in acid), so it’s best to marinate no more than 30-60 minutes.
By using a marinade you’re making the chicken super moist and flavorful. We recommend using organic protein whenever possible, pasture raised is even better!
MORE RECIPES USING LIME
- Baked Chicken Breast – you can use lemon or lime in this recipe, juicy chicken breasts every time!
- Steak Salad – this steak salad is drizzled with a creamy and delicious Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing.
- Chicken Fajitas – using lime and tons of fresh veggies!
- Pico De Gallo – lime without a doubt make the pico perfection!
- Guacamole Recipe – the lime really helps flavor the guacamole, but also prevents the avocado from browning.
PIN to keep our recipe for Chili Lime Chicken
Chili Lime Chicken
- 4 chicken breast boneless, skinless
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic granulated
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley or cilantro dried
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Combine the lime juice, olive oil, chili powder, garlic, parsley, and salt in a bowl.
- Brush or rub the marinade onto the chicken breasts.
- Allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
- Place the chicken breast on a sheet parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake the chili lime chicken in 350 degree F oven for 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer shows the internal temperature is 165˚