Mexican lime chicken

Mexican lime chicken

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(41 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 seed

    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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17th Aug, 2015
Very easy to do. I used slightly less olive oil and smoked paprika (as I like it) plus green chillis as they were all I had in the house. Served it with chips but next time would do mashed sweet potato.
29th May, 2015
Oops; a problem: I live in Yucatan, Mexico, and nobody here has the slightest idea what muscovado sugar is. Anyone tried a good substitute for that?
19th Dec, 2015
Hello sierradave, it's unrefined cane sugar. Use dark brown sugar or demerara instead. I didn't use it, or any substitute in this recipe and it was delicious :-D
25th Apr, 2014
What a great meal, cut up in strips and had in wraps. Left the sugar out because I had none and added a small amount of cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic and chilli and left to marinate over night. My boy even ate it and he is very picky with what he eats. Will have again very soon
29th Sep, 2013
I used this marinade recipe as a quesadilla filling and it went down a storm! So many uses :-)
28th Sep, 2013
Nice and quick. Lovely with roast butternut squash (with garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper)
14th May, 2013
Tasty but not as amazing as I had expected. Served with a mixed bean, avocado, red onion, tomato and coriander salad with lime dressing which went really nicely with it and was gorgeous!
15th Apr, 2013
Made this recipe for my anniversary dinner, and it went down really well. I didn't use chicken with skin on so just rested lime on top but it was still lovely :) Served it with chilli new potatoes and it was thoroughly enjoyed!
14th Mar, 2013
For the person that was asking, I worked it out as 287 calories per person.
9th Feb, 2013
Just made this tonight... Quick and simple marinade but very tasty! Served with Mexican rice and side salad. Would definately make again.


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