Mexican lime chicken

Mexican lime chicken

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(38 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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2nd Jan, 2013
A rarity! Liked by all the family. I used skinless as getting fillets with skin on is getting harder, but no dryness at all, I covered them during cooking and they were moist and very tasty. Am doing them again tomorrow for my teenage son and his six friends at their request.
17th Nov, 2012
This works equally well with quorn chicken style fillets. I can recommend it with Spanish potatoes and salsa.
15th Aug, 2012
Very nice for a mid-week dinner. Marinated all day and was very good. Only complaint would be maybe it's a little sweet so next time would reduce the sugar. All in all pretty yummy
6th Jul, 2012
Anyone know how many calories in this? Wouldnt of thought it would be much :)
5th May, 2012
very easy and very nie .. di not use Paprika for we had it with the kids .. but still very nice indeed!! thanksfor sharing it.
11th Apr, 2012
Really tasty
20th Jan, 2012
Yum! Really quick mid week dinner, lovely flavor. I served with rice stuffed peppers and a salsa.
10th Jan, 2012
Sliced the chicken into strips and coated in the marinade, flash fried and rolled in tortillas with fresh sliced red onions, tomatoes and cucumber with a green salad and sliced avocado on the side.
27th Nov, 2011
Really yummy - used skinless chicken fillets and very tasty!!
13th Nov, 2011
Cooked this for dinner this evening. Big hit. Really juicy chicken and tasted lovely.


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