Granted, I’m not in school, nor do I have kiddos in school. But for the past 8 years, I have taught music lessons to a handful of kids on Monday evenings. And boy oh boy, they were overflowing with stories to share this week! I heard about everything from getting the “cool” 5th grade teacher, to strategies on learning new locker combinations, to singing auditions in front of the entire choir class, to starry-eyed news about a first boyfriend, and on and on.
Somewhere in these lessons, I promise we find time for the music. But I always get so excited hearing them get so excited about a new school year! It almost makes me want to relive high school myself. Almost. Ok, actually, nope. Not at all. :)
But still, now that their school year is off and running, I know from their parents and friends and my art-teacher sister that schedules kick into high gear with homework and after-school activities galore. So today I’m sharing one of my favorite quick, easy, healthy, and oh-so-tasty dinner recipes — Easy Lime Chicken!
This easy lime chicken takes a small amount of time to prepare, but is BIG on great flavor!
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. worchestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. melted butter
zest of two limes
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
additional lime wedges (for garnish)
Add chicken thighs, lime juice, garlic, worchestershire sauce, salt and pepper to a large ziplock bag. Seal and toss to combine ingredients until the chicken is evenly coated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Remove chicken from bag with a slotted spoon, reserving the marinade, and arrange in a single layer in the baking dish. Brush chicken with melted butter, and season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Bake for about 20 minutes, the remove and brush chicken with the reserved marinade. Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear. (Baking times may shift for different types of chicken.) Remove and sprinkle chicken with lime zest and fresh cilantro.
Serve over rice or quinoa garnished with lime wedges.
Mmm! Lime chicken? Yes, please!! I love these flavors and I love how easy it is. It really is the perfect meal for school nights!
Think this would work without the Worcestershire? I’m doing a whole30 challenge and can’t use it.
This looks like a great, easy, healthy weeknight meal. Cannot wait to give it a try!
This sounds fresh and delicious with all of that lime flavor!
This looks so good, love the lime + cilantro!
I love chicken recipes, this looks yummy! =)
Looks delicious! I just made something similar but it had honey in it so I am sure a bit sweeter than your version. Will have to try this one soon. You can never have enough chicken recipes for dinner.
So…I have a freezer full of thighs and a fridge full of limes, just made a Costco run and I am stocked. Chicken and lime are like the perfect combo and I think you just rock at Food Styling, so pretty as always!
YES pinning! :)
This lime chicken looks amazing!!! Must try it!!!
This looks great! I pretty much only cook with chicken thighs anymore- and I haven’t heard of Just Bare Chicken; must check out if they sell within the NYC area, because I’m super down with all natural chicken. I love cooking with limes over lemons, as well- I read in Bon Appetit recently that “lime is the new salt” and I def agree!
This looks fantastic. And so simple! Definitely adding to my recipe roster.
As a 5th grade teacher myself, I appreciate recipes like this for the new school year! Sounds delicious!
I took piano lessons my whole childhood through high school and I always remember my high school teacher basically acting as my therapist and listening to me talk. Then in the last 10 minutes we’d say “oops, guess we should play some piano!” :)
This chicken is beautiful and sounds super delicious!
Ali, this looks wonderful! Love the lime flavor instead of the traditional lemon. It’s going on my menu planner right away!! :)
I always looks for ways to jazz up a chicken dish. And if it has “easy” in the name – I am in!
I love the simplicity! Chicken and lime are my absolute favs!
I’m all about quick and easy meals that you can bring to the table in no time and this recipe looks like the perfect deal for that! I love the addition of worchestershire sauce to the mix, I bet it’s super tasty! Definitely pinning this recipe ;)
I keep hearing about this Just Bare Chicken. I need to get my hands on some. This looks gorgeous Ali!
Oh this looks fantastic, I can already taste it :) so perfect!
Made this for dinner tonight. It was amazing!
Making this for dinner tonight. It sounds delicious!
I made this on the stovetop today with chicken breast and the flavors we’re amazing.
I don’t have cooking spray, and you don’t get any where I live! Can you suggest a substitute?
Hey Tanya, I would just do a light brushing of oil (olive or vegetable). Hope that helps!
Thank you so much for this recipe! I cut the finished chicken up & use it to make burrito bowls & tacos with cilantro rice, black beans, sriracha, avocado, etc… It satisfies my Chipotle cravings perfectly & has become a staple for us. Absolutely Delicious!
You’re so welcome Sarah, and I love your approach, it sounds amazing! Cheers!
Great Reciepe ! This is the third dish I have made from your site ! I’m slowly working my way through all the recipes !!
Thanks Stacy, we’re so happy you enjoyed this, and that you’re a fan of the blog! :)
Any idea how this would be in a slow cooker? Can I dump all that yummy marinade right in? Looks great!
Hi Daniella! That’s a good question. We haven’t tried this recipe in a slow cooker, so we honestly can’t say for sure how it would turn out. There are other recipes online that are similar, that are done in a slow cooker — they use breasts instead of thighs though.
This was a great recipe. Made it tonight with Whole Foods organic chicken. Paired it with green beans and cherry tomatoes. Thanks for sharing!
We’re so glad you enjoyed it Jules! :)
I wanted to LOVE this chicken recipe; especially because I love lime & cilantro. However, it was too Citric…way too much lime.
I think I’ll give it a try again but will add some fresh orange juice to the lime mixture to add more sweetness.
Thanks for sharing the recipe. Just wanted to give my personal opinion. :)
Hey Andrea! Thanks for sharing your feedback with us — we hope you can adjust the balance of sweet and tart to your liking next time. Thanks for giving the recipe a try!
Looking up a recipes for dinner. This looks like a great dish to try. I love the flavor of lime.
Thanks, Bonnie! We hope you enjoy! :)
I’m making this tonight!
I had chicken laid out for dinner, so I searched for recipes and came across this one. To say it was easy was an understatement. The recipe was simple to follow and it smelled wonderful in the oven. The best part was that it was a huge hit with my other half! The flavor was spectacular!! I will definitely share this with my friends and family, as well as tune into the site for other fantastic recipes!!
I have no cilantro. Will it tase the same?
Love this recipe !!! Thank you so much!!!
This was so good and everyone in the family wanted seconds. Great flavours, simple.
Good but never should you reuse marinade. Once chicken is out of bag, throw the rest away!
Easy and tasty. Will be making it again.
i am ten years old and i love cooking this is one of the things that was easy to make high five to how ever made this
I have recently tried this recipe at my home and it is really great. I love this recipe. Also sharing here another best lime chicken salad recipe. Check it out here:
how do you make the lime chicken salad pleas??? Sounds wonderful. TY
You cannot save the marinade with raw chicken and put it on already cooked chicken.
The reserved marinade is still being cooked, so there is no issue with brushing it on the chicken after 20 minutes. It will just cook out as the initial marinade did at the beginning.
Hi can I skip the butter step? Maybe brush with olive oil instead or just skip altogether?
This recipe is a regular in my dinner rotations. My kids love it too!
This was so easy and far exceeded my expectations! I added some chillies and bell peppers when cooking and served over arugula. Yum! My husband raved and raved about it as well. Thanks!! Will make again soon.
This was really good. Even the kids liked it and they hate chicken. After cooking, I used all that extra marinade (which was fully cooked and safe after 30 mins at 425 with the chicken) in a side of quinoa/brown rice/bell peppers/ onions/corn that was a little dry. It made the whole dish amazing. Yum.
Trying recipe today..let you know how it turned out and how we liked it. Looks and sounds totally yummy !!