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A glass bowl with chicken thighs and ingredients to make a cilantro lime and honey chicken marinade
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Small Batch Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade

A super flavorful chicken marinade with cilantro, lime, honey, and more for one pound of chicken!
Prep Time5 mins
Marinating Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade
Servings: 4 servings
Author: sara a.


  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 handful Cilantro finely chopped, about 1/4 cup
  • 2 tsp. Lime Zest
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt*
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly cracked Black Pepper*
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tsp. low-sodium Soy Sauce


  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl**. Toss the chicken in the marinade, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least two hours, up to overnight.
  • If grilling, grease the grill grates with neutral oil (such as grape seed oil). Grill the chicken over medium heat for about five minutes per side, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F.***
  • Transfer the chicken to a platter, and loosely tent with foil. Let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.


*Or 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt / 1/4 tsp. finely ground Black Pepper (if not freshly cracked)
**You can also toss the marinade ingredients and the chicken together in a large, zip-top baggie.  Press out as much air as possible, then refrigerate.
***If baking, bake the chicken in a large baking dish at 450 F for about 15-18 minutes.  If cooking in a pan, add one tablespoon of oil to the pan, then cook the chicken for about 5 minutes per side.  With either of these methods, still loosely tent the cooked chicken with foil, and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving!