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30-Minute Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice

by Capri Lilly

Make flavor-packed Cilantro Lime Chicken with Cilantro Lime Rice and Beans in less than 30-minutes! This effortless meal can easily feed the whole family or be used as meal prep. 

If you love quick, easy meals, you’ll definitely want to check out my 30-Minute Sheet Pan Fajitas or my Sheet Pan Salmon with Potatoes, Asparagus, and Avocado Crema.

Flavorful, 30-minute meals are somewhat of an art. The key to having an enjoyable 30-minute meal that takes minimal effort and still gives you a mouthwatering, delicious dish is multi-tasking.

close up image of cilantro lime chicken thighs over rice and beans in a cast iron skillet

Making this Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice is incredibly easy! 

Start by putting the rice on to cook. While the rice is cooking, make the chicken. After the chicken is fully cooked and the rice is done, wipe out the skillet and add the cooked rice, beans, and seasonings (this meal can be made even easier if you are using leftover rice). After making the cilantro lime rice and beans, add the chicken back to this dish, and voilá, all done!

What you need to make this Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice

Chicken: I use Bone-In chicken thighs. You can also use chicken breast. If using chicken breast, be sure to pound the chicken breast until it is an even thickness. Skip the step of putting the chicken in the oven and simply saute the cilantro lime chicken breasts on each side for 5-7 minutes (or until the internal temperature is over 165°F). 

Limes: And lots of them. Between the marinade for the chicken, flavoring the rice, and garnishing the dish (so I have a little extra to squeeze on my cooked dish), I use 6-7 limes. 

Rice: I love chicken and rice. It is almost nostalgic for me. However, you can always use quinoa, lentils, or cauliflower rice instead. Cook the rice according to package instructions. You’ll spice up the rice after it is cooked!

Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade

For The Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade You Need:

  • Olive Oil
  • Cilantro
  • Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Garlic
  • Seasonings: Paprika, Cumin, Red Chili Flakes, Salt, Pepper
raw chicken thighs in cilantro lime sauce

What To Serve With Cilantro Lime Chicken

If you follow this recipe, you can enjoy a one-pan cilantro lime chicken with rice and beans dish. You can also just cook the chicken and place it over a bed of salad, OR use the chicken to make cilantro lime chicken tacos! 

Enjoy Your Cilantro Lime Chicken With A Few GFB Favorites:

Avocado Crema 

5-Minute Homemade Salsa

Crispy Accordion Potatoes

I hope you enjoy this 30-Minute Cilantro Lime Chicken with Rice and Beans!


If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate it and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you!

CIlantro Lime Chicken and Rice with Beans
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30-Minute Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice with Beans

Make flavor-packed Cilantro Lime Chicken with Cilantro Lime Rice and Beans in less than 30-minutes! This effortless meal can easily feed the whole family or be used as meal prep.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meal Prep
Cuisine: Argentine, Healthy Options
Keyword: chicken thighs, cilantro, cilantro lime chicken, marinade, Orange Chicken Marinade
Servings: 4
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 4 Bone-in Chicken Thighs
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil

Cilantro Lime Marinade Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (Juice of 4-5 limes)
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 tsp Lime Zest
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

For Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 1/2 cup Cooked Basmati Lone Grain Rice
  • 1 15 oz can Black Beans
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1/3 cup Cilantro, roughtly chopped
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Garnish

  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Lime slices

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the marinade. Add the chicken thighs to the marinade and toss to evenly coat. Cover and let the chicken marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • In a large oven-safe cast-iron skillet or pan over medium-high heat, add the cooking oil. Remove the chicken from the marinade and season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on the skillet skin-side down and sear for 5-6 minutes, or until the skin is golden and crispy. Flip the chicken and cook for 3-4 more minutes. Be sure to baste the chicken with the marinade while it is cooking.
  • Transfer to the skillet into the preheated oven and bake until the chicken is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and lime slices or wedges. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice.

If making Cilantro Lime Chicken with Rice and Beans

  • (Cook 1 1/2 cup rice according to package instructions). Follow the instructions above to cook the chicken. When the chicken is fully cooked, remove the chicken from the skillet and wipe out any excess oil. Add cooked rice, beans, and cilantro to the skillet.
  • Season the rice and beans with cumin, salt, and lime. Over medium heat, saute the rice for 5 minutes or until the rice is golden and the ingredients are thoroughly mixed together. Add the chicken back to the skillet. Garnish with cilantro and lime slices. Enjoy!

Notes

*Nutrition Facts are for 1 serving of cilantro lime chicken
overhead image of cilantro lime chicken thighs over rice and beans in a cast iron skillet

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17 comments

Alexandra March 19, 2021 - 10:22 pm

5 stars
Love the delicious flavours in this recipe – what a fantastic dinner it makes!

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Capri Lilly March 19, 2021 - 10:39 pm

Thanks Alexandra! So glad you like!

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Chef Dennis March 20, 2021 - 12:39 am

5 stars
This dish is making me super hungry!

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Mama Maggie's Kitchen March 20, 2021 - 12:51 am

5 stars
Mmm… I think I just heard my tummy growl. lol. Thank you for making me hungry!

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Kim Guzman March 20, 2021 - 2:23 am

5 stars
Yum. This will be a terrific addition to our menu this weekend. I can’t wait!

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Capri Lilly March 21, 2021 - 4:04 am

Hope you enjoy!

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Nora March 20, 2021 - 5:54 am

5 stars
What a quick, easy, and delicious meal! Thanks for sharing!

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Capri Lilly March 21, 2021 - 4:04 am

Hi Nora! So glad you liked! 🙂

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Julia March 20, 2021 - 5:08 pm

5 stars
The flavors were so bold, loved this!

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Capri Lilly March 20, 2021 - 6:52 pm

Hi Julia! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the dish!

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Addison March 20, 2021 - 8:25 pm

5 stars
Ooh I love cilantro! So yummy!

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Adriana Lopez-Martin March 20, 2021 - 10:53 pm

5 stars
What a delicious meal love cilantro

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Ramona March 21, 2021 - 10:59 am

5 stars
This dish makes me terribly hungry and contains all my favourite ingredients. I’ll be making this tonight. Thank you for sharing!

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Capri Lilly March 21, 2021 - 3:15 pm

Hi Ramona, hope you enjoy!

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Nayomi March 21, 2021 - 3:15 pm

5 stars
Coriander and lime are one of my favourite flavour combination ever!

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Queen B June 10, 2021 - 9:39 am

5 stars
The dish was amazing!!

Thank You

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Capri Lilly June 10, 2021 - 4:33 pm

Hi! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for leaving a review! 🙂

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