Lime-Cilantro Marinade for Chicken Recipe
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Lime-Cilantro Marinade for Chicken Recipe

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This marinade is low-calorie and low-sodium. It is wonderful for chicken, but you can also use it on pork or fish.—Roz Walton, Auburn, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half : 175 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a blender, combine the first eight ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Place marinade in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lime-Cilantro Marinade for Chicken in Chicken Recipe Cards 2013 2013

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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hwi2001 User ID: 5963138 124986
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I like cilantro but this has way too much. I'll give this recipe one more try but I'll reduce the fresh cilantro to 1 Tbsp and increase the salt to about 1/2 tsp. Made as is the cilantro is overpowering."

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