Baked Cilantro Lime Chicken

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Fresh flavors from cilantro and lime shout out in this Sheet pan recipe where Chicken thighs are baked with potato and pepper for an ultimate weekday dinner.


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I always store chicken in my freezer. And when I don’t get any idea about dinner or say am not in the mood to have roti and sabzi(Curry), I just defrost chicken and either bake or pan-fry it. So the search for interesting recipes with Chicken is always on.

A good spice rub or a sauce will do wonders for the entire dish. Different spice rubs like Cajun, Sumac, Zatar, or Tandoori Masala can be used for the marination.

This time I have used some fresh coriander, chili, and garlic as the marination and a good squeeze of lemon just before serving.

Baking chicken always seems tricky, especially with boneless chicken breast fillets. Cooking them a little longer than required will result in tough rubbery meat. To get a perfectly cooked fillet keep all the fillets of equal thickness. And once it is baked, let them rest for some time so that it will cook further and become perfect.

Unlike Chicken breast, chicken thighs are always safe to cook. They don’t get dry too easily. So if you are still unsure about cooking chicken breast fillets you can go for thighs. Again chicken thighs with bone on turn super juicy when baked.


I have used chicken thighs with bone on. I would have preferred thighs with the skin but couldn’t get hold of any. You can also use breast fillets or any other parts of the chicken and adjust the baking time accordingly.

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Baked Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs, potatoes baked in spicy Cilantro Lime Marinade. This 30 minutes one-pan Baked Chicken is an ultimate weekday dinner recipe.


  • 500 gm chicken thighs with bone
  • 250 gm potato cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • salt pepper and for seasoning
  • wedges lemon to serve

For cilantro Lime Marinade

  • 2 cups cilantro loosely packeds fresh leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Half onion a
  • 1.5 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • Pinch sugar of
  • to taste salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  • In a food processor add all the ingredients mentioned under marinade except oil. Add very little water if required and blend everything to a fine paste.
  • While the food processor still running slowly add olive oil at intervals. (Slowly adding oil helps in emulcification )
  • Pre heat oven to 180 degree.
  • Heat a griddle pan. Add little oil
  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Brown chicken in the hot griddle on both the sides (1-2 minutes on each side)
  • After browning of chicken is done , in the same pan toss cubed potatoes and bell pepper just to coat any residual oil in the pan.
  • In a rectangular pan arrang chicken and veggies in a single layer. Spread the sauce. Make sure chicken and veggies are well coated with the sauce.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or till chicken is cooked through.
  • To roast a little extra just before the baking ends, I have broiled it for 8-10 minutes on high heat.
  • Before serving squeeze lemon juice generously.
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  1. Simon Turner says:

    4 stars
    Just finished it. What a great recipe. And even with two fresh red chillies added to the sauce it didn’t turn out hot. Oddly it didn’t taste too much of ciltrano (coriander) either, but it was lovely. I used 1.5 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt for the sauce which seemed about right. I cooked it for 35 mins at 200 degrees in a conventional oven. It could probably have done with 40 minutes to make the chicken completely fall off the bone. But great meal and very cheap to make too.

    1. subhasmita says:

      I am so glad you liked the recipe. I am will look into the recipe again and correct if anything is missing.

      1. Simon Turner says:

        I’ve now made this 6 or 7 times. Cheap, easy to make, very tasty and a whole meal in one.

        Generally make two or three times the amount in this recipe and then reheat the remains for the next day. It gets better each day.

        I use twice as much jalapeno pepper (chilli) and much more salt and sugar to get the best taste. And i cook it for at least 40 minutes for chicken that drops off the bone

  2. Sharon Thomsen says:

    Do you really only heat oven to 180 degrees?

    1. Jennifer Bogdon says:

      Is in Celsius I’m assuming so it would be 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  3. Subhasmita says:

    @Foodie Thank you so much. Glad that you liked it

  4. Made this today and it turned out to be outstanding! Thanks for the recipe!

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