We here in California LOVE Mexican food. It is a staple. And if you can keep it simple and make it at home then why not? This Spicy Lime Chicken is unbelievably easy to make, delicious and Whole 30/Paleo/ Keto compliant!
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Spicy Lime Chicken:
I use bone in, skin on thighs for this recipe. If you prefer to toss in a couple of breasts you may, just know they won’t be as tender and juicy as the dark meat. If you choose to use breasts, make sure they are as close to the size of the thighs as you can get and again, they should be bone in, skin on. I know a lot of you shy away from skin on, I urge you not to. The best way to get moist, tender chicken is to keep the bone in and skin on. And, all the flavorful herbs and spices are on the skin! This flavorful chicken roasts in the oven in 20-25 minutes. Drizzle with fresh lime juice and sprinkle with red pepper flakes….amazing.
If You Want to Bump it Up a Notch, I have Two Suggestions:
If you want to take an already amazing recipe and make it even more so, serve along with my Tomato and Avocado Salad with Lime Vinaigrette!
Or top this delicious chicken with my mango salsa! (<—recipe)
So easy, so delicious, so beautiful!
The Recipe: Spicy Lime Chicken
An easy to make spicy chicken dish! I serve it with my mango salsa, recipe link posted above. Note: I recommend using bone in skin on thighs for this recipe. If you choose to use breasts be sure to get bone in, skin on and get them as close to the size of the thighs as you can. Sometimes you just can't find small chicken breasts, if you use chicken breasts that are considerably larger than thighs, place them in the oven ten minutes before adding thighs to the pan .
- 6 chicken thighs bone in, skin on (see notes for using breasts above)
- Olive oil
- Ground coriander (to taste)
- Ground cumin (to taste)
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Garlic powder (to taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- Red pepper Flakes (to taste)
- 2 Limes quartered
- 1/4 cup Cilantro, for garnish, chopped
Turn oven to 450 degrees and place oven rack in center position.
Brush both sides of chicken with olive oil and sprinkle evenly and liberally with sea salt, pepper, coriander, cumin and garlic powder.
Place prepared chicken skin side up into oven safe pan. Cook for 20-25 minutes, depending on size.
When chicken is done, remove from oven and drizzle with fresh lime juice. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes to taste and garnish with cilantro if desired. Serve with my tomato salad or mango salsa and watch people be very, very happy.
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Can’t wait to make this! Adding to my meal plan this week. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks Kristen! We love it. I teach it in my “Yo Quiero Mas” class and several of my clients have told me their kids ask them to make “The El Pollo Loco Chicken”…so I guess it tastes like El Pollo Loco 🙂 (but I am confident it is better)
Looks amazing! Pinning this so I can make it later 🙂
Thank you so much! I appreciate it:)
I am 29 and the only food I really make is chicken on the grill so I don’t know much, id like to surprise my wife with this!! What temperature does the oven go to for this?? thank you!!
Jeff you just set the oven on broil. Usually ovens just have one setting for that, but some offer you a high or a low. If that is the case set it on high. My brand new oven is one of the few with a broil option that allows a temperature setting, I use broil at 425. Good luck!
I just wanted to let you know that I love your recipe
I put together a list of some of my favourite recipes, in a recent post, and included your’s in it – https://bit.ly/31CleanEatingRecipes
Might be worth a mention on your blog
Either way, I love your site, keep up the great work!
Thank you Ana! I scheduled it for share on Facebook and Twitter. Great post!
I made this chicken last night for a dinner party with friends. They could not stop gushing about it. The mango salsa is INSANELY delicious, and the chicken was very moist. I’ll definitely be making this again, especially that salsa. It would be good with all kinds of things.
Well yay, yay, yay! I love hearing that. Thanks for taking the time to tell me. You made my day.
is it just me or are there measurements for the amount of spices?
Nope, it’s not you, I just say “sprinkle evenly with spices”. It’s pretty straight forward and I have never followed an amount and it’s always good!
WOW this chicken looks amazing! So flavorful, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside!
I need these in my life! They look divine!
Thanks so much Daniela!