Cilantro + Jalapeño Grilled Chicken

This chicken may look very similar to my recent chicken recipe for Lime + Tequila Grilled Chicken with Parsley, but the flavors are immensely different.  This chicken is zesty and spicy. My tastebuds are watering just thinking about it!  The cilantro, jalapeño, garlic and lime flavors make such a tasty combination.

Cilantro Jalapeño Grilled Chicken | Hugs ‘n Kitchen

I wanted to create a thick paste to marinate the chicken in, so I puréed an entire bunch of cilantro with an entire jalapeño, and added lime juice, orange juice and olive oil to loosen the mixture up a bit.  Once it’s all grilled up, the heat from the jalapeño isn’t too overpowering – it just provides a nice spicy undertone.  However , you can easily adjust the heat to your liking by removing the seeds from the jalapeño.  Or you could omit the jalapeño altogether and add a little extra garlic to make this a cilantro and garlic grilled chicken.

Cilantro Jalapeño Grilled Chicken | Hugs ‘n Kitchen

It is so easy to make and doesn’t involve a ton of dishes, which is great on a weeknight.  I let this marinate for an hour, but you could definitely make this a day in advance and let the flavors develop overnight.   Since the marinade is thick, it forms a nice coating on the chicken which creates a delicious crust as it grills.

Cilantro Jalapeño Grilled Chicken | Hugs ‘n KitchenI hope you love this as much as we did.  We’ll definitely be making this again soon!

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Cilantro + Jalapeño Grilled Chicken

  • YIELDS 6 chicken breasts


  1. Place the six chicken breasts in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Blend the cilantro, jalapeño, lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil and orange juice in a food processor.  Pulse until combined.  It should form a thick marinade.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken breasts and using a fork make sure all pieces are equally coated in the mixture.
  4. Cover with saran wrap and let marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  5. Pre-heat the grill to medium-high.
  6. Grill the chicken breasts until cooked through, about 7 minutes per side, depending on the heat of your grill.  The chicken is done when an instant read thermometer inserted into the middle of the breast hits 160°F.
  7. Remove from the grill and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes.  Don’t cut into the chicken immediately because all of the yummy juices will run out.  While the meat is resting the temperature will continue to rise to 165°F.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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