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Whole30 Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa - Paleo, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free and can be grilled, or cooked in oven or on stove. Delicious, fast & easy!

This Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa is restaurant-level good. But EASY enough, you can make it at home with short prep and a big payoff. So fresh and flavorful!

Why We Love My Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Eating nourishing food can be incredibly delicious and this dish is a slam dunk on taste. Plus, it is excellent on the grill, but can also be cooked on the stove or in the air fryer. Love that it has multiple cooking methods for whatever is convenient.

Also, it uses simple ingredients you can find at most grocery stores. No specialty ingredients – just a lot of fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices.

Additionally, this recipe takes less than 20 minutes prep and the perfect fresh nutritious meal!  We love it served with my Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice on the side (pictured).

Ingredients

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast – Use the highest quality chicken you can afford.
  • Olive or Avocado Oil – Both work equally well. Choose whichever you have on hand or is accessible. 
  • Cilantro 
  • Lime juice and zest – Zest first, then juice! 
  • Salt + pepper – Just regular table salt and ground black pepper.
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder – Granulated garlic also works equally well.
  • Avocados – Peeled, pitted and diced. Don’t chop and add to the salsa until just before you are ready to serve to prevent browning.
  • Roma tomatoes

Instructions

  • Combine all the chicken marinade ingredients. For more flavorful chicken, stab each breast all over with a fork before adding to the marinade. Excellent for getting some aggression out, ha!
  • Marinate chicken for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  • GRILL: Cook marinated chicken on a grill heated to 450 degrees for 5-6 minutes on each side, discarding the marinade and flipping only once, cooking to an internal temperature of 165.
    STOVE: Discard marinade and cook in a greased skillet at medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes on each side until cooked through with no pink inside.
    AIR FRY: The stove and grill are my favorite methods for the crispy bits it creates, but I can also air fry at 350 for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Combine all avocado salsa ingredients in a medium bowl while chicken is cooking and keep chilled in fridge until ready to use.
  • Top cooked chicken with salsa and enjoy!

Whole30 Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa - Paleo, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free and can be grilled, or cooked in oven or on stove. Delicious, fast & easy!

Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
An easy flavorful dish that is quick and restaurant-level good!
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Marinating 30 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 404 kcal

Ingredients
 

Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

  • 2 pounds chicken breast, trimmed and cut in half horizontally
  • 1/3 cup olive or avocado oil
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped *about half a bunch
  • 1/4 cup lime juice + zest of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Avocado Salsa

  • 3 large avocados (or 4 medium) - peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 large roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • juice of one lime or 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch cumin

Instructions
 

  • Combine all the chicken marinade ingredients. You can blend them all in the blender if you want to avoid having to chop the cilantro. Or, finely mince the cilantro and just whisk marinade ingredients together.
  • For more flavorful chicken, stab each breast all over with a fork before adding to the marinade. Excellent for getting some aggression out, ha! Combine marinade with the chicken in a dish or reusable bag, tossing until all the chicken is coated.
  • Marinate chicken for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  • GRILL: Cook marinated chicken on a grill heated to 450 degrees for 5-6 minutes on each side, discarding the marinade and flipping only once, cooking to an internal temperature of 165.
    STOVE: Discard marinade and cook in a greased skillet at medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes on each side until cooked through with no pink inside.
    AIR FRY: The stove and grill are my favorite methods for the crispy bits it creates, but I can also air fry at 350 for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Combine all avocado salsa ingredients in a medium bowl while chicken is cooking and keep chilled in fridge until ready to use.
  • Top cooked chicken with salsa and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 404kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 35gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 962mgPotassium: 1150mgFiber: 8gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 597IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg
Keyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, keto, main dish, nut-free, paleo, whole30
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Whole30 Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa - Paleo, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free and can be grilled, or cooked in oven or on stove. Delicious, fast & easy!

24 Comments

  1. Another delightful and easy recipe. This was a hit with everyone. Love that the ingredients I already regularly stock in my kitchen. Quick, easy, and cheap (shopping the pantry).

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    • A budget-friendly, easy, and delicious recipe?! YAY! I’m so glad to hear it. Thank you for the review!

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  2. 5 stars
    I think cilantro & lime are 2 of my favorite flavors & this chicken is awesome!! Loved the salsa with also!

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    • I’m right there with you – I LOVE the cilantro + lime combination. I’m so glad you loved it with this easy and flavorful chicken. Thanks for the review!

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  3. 5 stars
    Love this one! So easy & delicious.

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    • Thank you! I love how flavorful yet EASY this one is. Super fresh flavor without a ton of work. Thanks for the review!

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  4. 5 stars
    Made this last night- having the leftovers right now – and can not wait to make it again!! Ridiculously simple to put together, deliciously fresh ingredients and absolutely tasty!! Highly recommend. So thankful I found this recipe and website!

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  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing. So much flavor, easy and delicious. Will pass on buying pre-marinated cilantro lime chicken from now on. I did mine in the crockpot with a can of diced tomatoes. Grocery store was out of good avocados so I can’t wait to try it with the avocado salsa next time.

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  6. 5 stars
    I was lazy the other night and put this in the Instant Pot. It tasted wonder. Shredded great for chicken tacos!

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  7. 5 stars
    Super easy and delicious! I added kale and red peppers to add some veggies for a big salad! Loved! Kids ate it too!

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  8. 5 stars
    This is an easy recipe for the cooking-challenged among us (like me!) that produces quick and extremely delicious results. Thank you SO much for sharing!

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    • I’m so happy this easy recipe empowered you and was enjoyed! Thank you!

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  9. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness. This was mind blowing good. I didn’t even get to marinate the chicken long and it was still so good. Had with some coconut cauliflower rice and holy cow it might be my new favourite meal!!

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    • “Mind-blowing good” – I’m so thrilled to hear that! Thank you!

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      • 5 stars
        My husband and I just devoured this! He kept going on and on about how good it was! It’ll definitely be added to our meal rotation. Just found your Instagram and site from your presentation in the Danielle Walker course. I will definitely be trying more recipes soon!

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        • Thanks so much for diving into my blog and this review Beth! I appreciate it and am so glad you and your hubby loved this one – it’s an easy favorite for sure. Thank you!

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  10. 5 stars
    This meal is delicious, and wonderful as leftovers! We let the chicken marinate for 4 hours and grilled it, it was so moist and flavorful. My favorite part is the avocado salsa! My kids loved it as well, which makes dinner time easier and peaceful!

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    • Agree – the avocado salsa is just delicious! So happy this was enjoyed by the whole family!

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      • 5 stars
        I made this recipe last night for the first time and will be adding it to our regular rotation! I loved Autumn’s suggestion to poke holes in the chicken before putting it in the marinade. Definitely marinate it for as long as you can–I was able to do about 2 hours but am going to plan ahead better for next time to make this already super flavorful chicken breast even tastier😁

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        • I’m so happy you enjoyed it – easy and delicious! Thank you!

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  11. 5 stars
    This is the best chicken you will every eat!!! It is so flavorful! The avocado salsa is amazing too!!! It has become a regular meal in our house.

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    • So thrilled this was such a keeper for you! We just love this one too!

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  12. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! I cooked it in the airfryer and the chicken was tender and juicy. The flavor was so good!!! I want to cook it on the grill next time to compare. Great recipe!

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    • Hooray! I’m thrilled you tried and loved this one, thank you!

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