Make this simple Mexican citrus marinade for chicken, perfect for summer grilling! Create the best grilled chicken, fajitas, or tacos with this marinade that is full of flavor from fresh lime juice, Mexican spices, cilantro, and garlic.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10mins
Cook Time 20mins
Total Time 2hrs30mins
Course Main Course
1.5-2lbsboneless chicken piecesbreasts, thighs, or tenders
2Tablespoons fresh lime juicefrom 1-2 limes, or use a combination of fresh citrus juices from an orange, lime, and/or lemon
½bunchcilantrotorn roughly (about ½ cup packed)
¼teaspoon black pepper
1teaspoon chili powder or chili lime seasoningoptional
Place all marinade ingredients into a large plastic bag, bowl, or large shallow baking dish.
Add chicken and toss to combine.
Place in refrigerator and marinate at least 1 hour up to 4 hours.
Remove chicken from marinade and place on a grill preheated to 400-450°F. Turn heat down to medium. Discard remaining marinade.
Cook the chicken, flipping once halfway through, until the internal temperature in thickest part of the chicken reaches 165°F.
To make fajitas, you will also need:
3 bell peppers, any color
2 sweet or red onions
1 package tortillas
For Grilled Fajitas:
Slice bell peppers and sweet onions. Toss the vegetables with a 2T olive oil. Spread evenly on a grill pan.
Place the vegetables on the grill along with the chicken. Cook as directed, tossing vegetables occasionally.
When chicken has cooked through, remove chicken and vegetables from heat. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing thinly.
Serve immediately on warm tortillas.
For Sheet Pan Fajitas:
Preheat oven to 450°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper if desired.
Slice bell peppers and sweet onions. Toss the vegetables with a 2T olive oil.
Spread vegetables evenly on one sheet pan and the chicken on the other sheet pan.
Bake at 450 for 15 minutes, flipping once, or until the chicken is fully cooked.