Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
As a working mom and home cook, I strive to have fabulous, flavor-packed dinners that make my family smile. Nothing is more awesome than a slow-cooker recipe that makes it seem as though you've been cooking in the kitchen all day! —Mari Smith, Ashburn, Virginia
Cilantro-Lime Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs (about 2-1/4 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 5 garlic cloves, halved


  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients; rub over chicken. Place in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients in a blender; cover and process until pureed. Pour over chicken.
  2. Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°-175°, 3-4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken thigh: 253 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 390mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein.