Mexican lime chicken

Mexican lime chicken

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(37 ratings)

Cook: 30 mins - 35 mins


Serves 2
A recipe full of zingy flavours

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  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds
    Coriander seeds

    Coriander seed

    kor-ee-and-er seed

    The small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…

  • 1 tsp grated lime zest



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • ½ tsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • ½ tsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 6 unpeeled garlic cloves
  • 2 fresh red chillies


  1. Mix 2 tbsp olive oil with 1 tsp each crushed coriander seeds and grated lime zest and 1⁄2 tsp each paprika and light muscovado sugar.

  2. Put 2 chicken breasts in a baking dish, spoon the marinade over, then squeeze over a little lime juice. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes.

  3. Slip 1-2 lime slices under the skin of each breast and season. Tuck 6 unpeeled garlic cloves and 2 fresh red chillies around the chicken.

  4. Roast the chicken breasts in a baking dish, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes in a preheated oven (190C/gas 5/fan oven 170C). To check if they are done, prod the chicken with your finger - if it's still a bit soft, give it a bit longer.

  5. Serve with salad and salsa.

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Comments (43)

wonderwoman27's picture

Mmm this is delicious and healthy! I left out the muscovado sugar and coriander by accident but served with broccoli and rice infusions. Yummy!!! Will definitely be making again :)

bryce1jardine's picture

Easy recipe , cooked it for friends at the weekend. They loved it :-)

vickiwxm's picture

Really nice and very easy to make!

cat24s04's picture

i was impressed by all the positive reviews for this dish and so decided to cook it for my boyfriends birthday. i didnt include the chicken skins and cooked the chicken on a bed of sweet red peppers and red onions. the lime made the chicken to tender and gave it the most amazing taste! i served it with roasted potato and sweet potato which worked really well! i added some paprika to the chips to continue the taste throughout all the dish.
i would really recommend this to anyone and i will be cooking it again! it was so straight forward to cook and can be largely prepared in advance of the actual cooking so would be good for a dinner party too!!!

portrushbear's picture

making this for the 2nd time tonight, really enjoyed it 1st time round, having it with rice this time think i had wedges last time

definitely worth making

dimbalo's picture

One of the easiest and definitely tastiest recipes I have ever made. Will be making this on a regular basis from now on, served with couscous and a green salad.

mrsdwaters's picture

Very nice, and liked the chili kick with it. I served with a rocket salad and spanish potatoes (recipe on good food)

eversevers's picture

very nice. would add a bit of black pepper and make the marinade stickier next time.

made a salsa (hairy bikers) to go with and some green leaves. would possibly serve with a timbale of rice and kidney beans next time.

would recommend others try.

carol123's picture

nice and tasty but opted to use skinless breast fillets and covered with foil, stayed moist and tasty, will make again.

epolland's picture

just wondering what you all served this with? It sounds lovely but I'm not sure it'd go with mash!!! Rice perhaps or salad?

coen83's picture

this is a quick and easy dish. perfect for a mid week dinner. The chicken was cooked to perfection and stayed really moist

bumblesquat's picture

I thought this was very tasty. I used skinless chicken breasts, crushed a couple of garlic cloves and put it in the marinade and I chopped the chilli's and sprinkled them on top then layed the lime on top. I did cover it with foil for the 1st 15 mins so it didn't dry out and it worked well. I served it with homemade salsa.

michellewdesign's picture

It was yummy. I made this with a skinless chicken breast and it still remained tender by having the lime slices on top. Next time I shall add even more lime zest and juice.

mrsg33k's picture

Hia, im going to be making this to on sunday for a romantic birthday dinner for my partner
I want to make it with couscous....
Im very good in the kitchen being a ex-chef but i cant decide what kind to make and what to put in it,
dose anyone have any ideas?
I was thinking a pepper, lemon couscous maby with some courgette?

juliet66's picture

Bags of flavour for a straight forward recipe :-)
I roasted the Chicken on a bed of yellow peppers & sliced onion.

marieke_s's picture

It was really nice and easy to make!!! The chicken was really tender and everybody here really liked it!

catz1ct's picture

Very nice, will make this one again.

dylanski's picture

Very nice, easy recipe. Chicken stayed lovely & moist. Also cooked one extra, which was great in wraps for lunch next day

philinbrighton's picture

I didn't have time to marinate it as long as the recipe said but it was a bit lacking in flavour.

I also found that a lot of the marinade went on the skin which I then took off before I ate because I don't like it. Next time I might rub the marinade under the skin. I might also make more marinade by increasing the amount of sugar and seasoning and making it with smoked paprika instead of plain.


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