Secret Recipe Club Cilantro-Lime Chicken

It's that time of the month again! No, not that time. Secret Recipe Club time! Hosted by Amanda over at Amanda’s Cookin’ it’s a great way for bloggers to meet, share, and make each others’ recipes. Every month each participant is assigned another blog and we can make any recipe from that blog. Then, all at once, we reveal our posts! Yup, it's as fun as it sounds. Who doesn’t like being in a secret club? In June I made some excellent Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Connor’s Cooking and in July I made Darn Near Domestic's awesome Smoky Salsa. I took a hiatus in August and am excited to be back because this month I was introduced to another fabulous blog - Once a Month Mom. Once a Month Mom is an great blog put together by a talented group of women. Don't let the title fool you - this blog is an incredible resource whether you're a mom or not. It's based on the concept of planning out meals for the month (AKA once a month cooking, freezer cooking, bulk cooking, and power cooking). They offer great recipes and tips that are helpful for just about anyone.

For this month's Secret Recipe Club I chose Kelly's Cilantro Lime Chicken. Cilantro and lime make for one of my favorite flavor combinations and right now is prime lime season in Israel (that's right, we can't get limes year round!). I made a few changes to the recipe, namely I added lime zest and more garlic to the marinade and pan-fried the chicken instead of grilling. They offer instructions (which I left below) should you want to create a "freezer meal" but I couldn't wait that long and allowed it to marinate for about six hours. This recipe is officially entering my frequent rotation. It was SO good! It was packed with delicious flavor and would complement any number of meals. I served it with black beans, sour cream, and tomatoes on a tortilla for dinner. The next day I sliced up the leftover chicken and added it to a salad. I also considered serving it with coconut rice. I seriously plan on making this again this week and always having it in my freezer to have on hand. It was that good.

Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Adapted from Once a Month Mom Yield: 4 Servings INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil Juice of 2 medium limes (about ¼ cup) Zest of 1 medium lime 4-5 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro Salt and pepper 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts METHOD: Mix together the olive oil, lime juice and zest, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Put in the fridge and allow to marinate at least one hour, or overnight. (Or, for a great freezer meal put the marinade and chicken in a freezer bag and put in the freezer until ready to use. To use thaw and cook as normal.) Heat grill or grill pan (or, sadly like me, just a regular pan) over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, working in batches if necessary (don't crowd the pan). Cook for about 6 minutes on each side depending on thickness, or until done.


  1. Wow! This chicken looks fabulous and very tasty! 🙂

  2. Such a great flavor profile for chicken!!

  3. Looks delicious! I would have served it the same way you did…I bet it tasted even better that way.

    • It really was delicious. And I especially loved it with the beans and sour cream, it made it very Mexican – one of my favorite types of food!

  4. What a versatile dish! I can see why you liked it. Love the idea of it served mexican style.

    • It really is versatile! You can go in any number of directions with it, although the cilantro and lime make Mexican flavors natural.

  5. Cicken+cilantro+lime are a perfect match 🙂

  6. PERFECT use for some of those limes 🙂 This looks so awesome, great flavors. Will most definitely be trying it out.

    • It really was!! I just froze a bunch of lime juice in ice cube trays so I can make this (and anything else requiring delicious delicious lime) all year round.

  7. I know absolutely how this dish tastes coz I cook the Chicken Breasts almost the same way!! 🙂 I use green chilli paste and chilli flakes in the marination and serve them on a bed of Lemony Potatoes.

    • Oooh I love the addition of chili paste and flakes! And lemony potatoes – oh my! I will have to try it that way next time!

  8. Wow, looks great. And so easy! Just bookmarked to my recipe folder – thanks!

    • It truly is a great, easy recipe! And I love that it can be pulled together quickly or frozen to enjoy when you need it. Hope you enjoy!

  9. Ohh anything with lime and cilanto is amazing. Sound delicious – going to save this recipe for my left over chicken breasts.

  10. This chicken looks really delicious! Love all the flavors…a great choice for this month! 🙂

  11. That looks like some flavorful chicken right there!

  12. I love lime. Looks like a great make-ahead dish.

  13. I heart the SRC! It really does introduce us to fab new blogs (like yours!). I love cilantro and lime together, this recipe is a keeper!

    • I know, I heart SRC too! This recipe is definitely a keeper, I’m so glad to have found it and all the other great blogs/recipes through src!

  14. I love that SRC pushes me out of the box and my comfort zone to try new things! The chicken looks great 🙂

  15. I had Once A Month Mom last month for SRC and I chose the exact same recipe. It’s a winner!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

    • That is too funny! I wasn’t around for last month’s SRC so totally missed that! It really is a great recipe though. Heading over to check out your Welsh cakes now!

  16. I love the marinade used for this chicken, I’m with you on extra garlic, I love the flavor. The chicken looks great. I’ve saved this to try it out soon. This is my first time here, nice to meet you through SRC!

    • I pretty much always double the amount of garlic in any recipe…what can I say, it’s just the way I was raised! 🙂 Great to meet you through SRC as well, it really is a fabulous way of bringing bloggers together!

  17. Tomorrow (actually today) is my grocery shopping day. I’m getting limes for sure. This looks so easy and delicious and I will try it with thighs or maybe drumettes or wings…

    • Ooh yes this would be great with any cut of chicken. Let me know how it turns out! It really is easy and delicious and I’m sure the kids would love it.

  18. I love the simplicity of this recipe! I’m a huge fan of chicken with cilantro and lime and yours looks great! I have some chicken thawed for our meal tonight and had been thinking of fajitas. Just decided to switch to your recipe with tortilla chips and homemade peach salsa on the side!

    • I bet these would make for great fajitas as well! But it also sounds amazing with tortilla chips and homemade peach salsa! Great idea.

  19. This is one of my favorite chicken dishes (have also tried it with lemon, orange and cilantro), so simple yet packed with flavor. You know the old adage, the more simple a dish, the more difficult it is because every facet of it must be perfect. Every facet of yours looks perfect 🙂

    • Lemon, orange and cilantro sounds great too! It’s so true that simple is best and also sometimes hardest to achieve. Thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by 😀

  20. A secret recipe club is a great idea! I love the chicken recipe! You can’t go wrong with cilantro and lime!

  21. Cilantro is a mood changer for me…I just perk right up!

  22. That looks and sounds so refreshing with the lime zest. I can see where this would be a great dish.

  23. What a beautiful blog you have! And that chicken looks delicious! Love the flavors in it. I tried a similar recipe which had tequila added to it, besides cilantro and lime. I bet this tasted as good!

  24. For some reason this past 10 days I’ve been making only chicken, and I have to try yours too. Great recipe, and mouthwatering photos..Love the name and I am assuming it gives more tangy flavor! Love this as all your wonderful dishes!

    • I totally go on chicken kicks! It’s so easy and tasty. I think you will really like this one, it’s perfect for busy folks like you since you can marinade it and freeze for later if you like.

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