Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast (Grilled or Air Fryer)

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Cilantro Lime Chicken is the the most flavorful chicken breast recipe, marinated in olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, and cilantro and cooked in the air fryer or on the grill/grill pan.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast
Cilantro Lime Chicken

Switch up your grilled chicken game with cilantro and lime. Chicken breasts can be a little boring, but this marinade makes them a lot more exciting. Of course, chicken thighs would work great here too. You can cook the chicken however you prefer – on the grill, grill pan, or air fryer – and add it to bowls, salads, or tacos. For more ways I use this classic flavor combo, try my Cilantro Lime Rice, Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos, and Cilantro Lime Shrimp.

Cilantro Lime Chicken with rice.

How to Make Chicken Breast in the Air Fryer or Grill

Below is how to cook this chicken on the grill or grill pan or in the air fryer.

  • Grill: Heat a grill or grill pan over medium to medium-high heat and cook the chicken breasts for five minutes on each side. To ensure they’re
    cooked through, use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperate is 165 degrees.
  • Air Fryer: Cook the chicken in the air fryer at 380 degrees for five minutes on each side.

How to Serve:

These cilantro lime chicken breasts are fantastic for meal prep. You can easily double the recipe and save the leftovers for meals throughout the week. There are so many ways to serve the chicken that you won’t get tired of eating the same meal on repeat.


  • Sub chicken thighs.
  • Use this marinade as a base and change up the flavors with different citrus and herbs, like lemon and basil or orange and rosemary.

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast (Grilled or Air Fryer)

217 Cals 38.5 Protein 0.5 Carbs 5.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Marinade time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep
CUISINE: American
Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast is marinated in olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, and cilantro and cooked in the air fryer or on the grill/grill pan.


  • 4 organic boneless skinless chicken breasts, 6 oz each
  • zest and juice of 1 lime, plus 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, divided
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp kosher salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Pound the thicker end of the chicken breast with a mallet to make it even with the thinner end.
  • Combine the juice of 1 lime, lime zest, olive oil, 1/4 cup of the cilantro finely chopped, garlic and salt to a large glass or ceramic container with a lid, or a gallon size freezer bag.
  • Coat the chicken well on both sides and marinate in the refrigerator at least 1 hour or as long as overnight, the longer the better, turning halfway.
    marinated chicken breast with cilantro and lime
  • When ready to cook, oil a grill or grill pan over medium to medium-high heat.
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  • Grill about 5 minutes on each side, or until charred and cooked through in the center.
  • Remove and set aside on a platter and squeeze the remaining lime over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining fresh cilantro.

Air Fryer Directions:

  • Air fry in a single layer at 380 degrees for 5 minutes on each side.


  • Sub chicken thighs.
  • Use this cilantro-lime marinade as a base and change up the flavors with
    different citrus and herbs, like lemon and basil or orange and rosemary.


Serving: 1breast, Calories: 217kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.5g, Protein: 38.5g, Fat: 5.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 124mg, Sodium: 360mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 0.05g
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  1. Made this for dinner tonight.  Excellent.  Also love the WW points that get loaded directly into my WW app. 

  2. Love the idea of this recipe but I don’t like cilantro. What would be a good substitute?

  3. This is such a quick and delicious recipe.  I highly recommend it!

  4. Amazing! My 2nd time making this for my family. It tastes like restaurant quality chicken fajitas. I doubled the recipe for dinner and meal prep for a family of five. 

  5. I was blown away by how much flavor is in this chicken! I don’t have a grill pan, so I made it in the air fryer. I think I’m going to finally have to buy a grill pan, because using the air fryer was less than ideal. 

    • Delicious!  I didn’t add extra lime juice and fresh cilantro prior to serving but it was still flavorful. Thank you! Another yummy recipe for my family. Shirley 

  6. I’ve made something very similar for years. Yes, the longer you marinate the chicken the better it tastes. I’ve used this chicken for fajitas, chicken taco salads & it’s good cold in a regular salad. Love this chicken recipe!

  7. Wondering this for a few of the air fryer recipes… do you allow the air fryer to do the five min heat up before popping the chicken in? Or do you toss them in cold?

    Thanks in advanced!!! I love your recipes. <3

  8. Loved it! I will add just a touch of tequila next time though!

  9. Made this tonight and it was soooo good. Gina you are a flavor goddess!! We ate this with some doctored up black beans and a rice/cauliflower rice mixture. I topped with a bit of avocado, some of your pickled onions and another squeeze of lime. Amazing! Will definitely be doing this again! My husband said it was “company worthy”!  Yummy. 

  10. I served these to friends for a football party.  They were delicious with the seasoned black bean recipe,  Friends loved them. So easy to do and very little prep work.

    And it fits my WW plan.

  11. Was excellent! I put it over rice and my husband ate it in a salad.

  12. I am on weight watchers blue plan. You stated that this recipe has a 0 point value on blue but when I calculated it, it came up as 3 so. How did you come up with a 0 point value? I’m very confused….

    • If you calculate each ingredient separately, you get 1 point. Use the Recipe creator in your WW app. Because the oil is in the marinade and not much of the marinade is soaked up by the chicken, that’s probably where she got zero.

    • Three points for the TBSP of olive oil. However, when you spread that over four chicken breasts it’s less than a teaspoon of olive oil each. Since this is a marinade, some of the oil will remain behind. Anything less than a half teaspoon of olive oil *per serving* is zero points. 

    • It is zero points for blue. Skinless, boneless chicken is zero points. Cilantro, lime juice, garlic, also zero points. 

  13. I made this tonight for dinner and it was so delicious! I followed the recipe exactly. I marinated the chicken for almost two hours and grilled them on the bbq. They turned out flavorful and juicy! I’m gonna be making these often!

  14. This was absolutely delicious!

  15. Made this tonight on the grill and it was delish!! Used chicken thighs and added more garlic ☺️ So good!

  16. Love that this can be grilled or air fried. Perfect year ’round.

  17. This looks great! Also loved all of the ideas of ways to use the chicken breast. Thanks Gina