Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Butter

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Grill: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Feb. 10, 2022
The spicy heat of the chicken pairs beautifully with the flavorful cilantro butter in this original recipe from Diane Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas. We added spicy chocolate cinnamon cane sugar to the chicken, which complemented the other spices that are brushed over the chicken before grilling. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Butter Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Gustus Vitae spicy chocolate cinnamon cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (8 ounces each )
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Brush over chicken.
  2. Place chicken skin side down on grill rack. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 15 minutes. Turn; grill 20-25 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 165°.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the butter ingredients. Drizzle over chicken before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1 tablespoon lime butter: 426 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 411mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 40g protein.