Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers

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A light and healthy dinner for the grill! These Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers mixed with the smokey flavor from the grill have the tastes of summer. Try them tonight! They are a new family favorite.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers

This just happened last night:

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My husband, you guys. MY HUSBAND! I saw him and he wasn’t just in my dreams.

129 days of training and we’re finally back together.

I’ve learned a whole lot about myself while he’s been gone {maybe I’ll do a post about it eventually} but for the time being, I’ve mostly learned that distance does in fact make the heart grow fonder.

Anyways, I won’t get into the mushy stuff now because I still have to talk about chicken skewers of all things {lol!}, but let it be known that I love my husband.

The end.

So, Cinco de Mayo was yesterday. Oops. If I was smart, I would have posted this recipe a few days ago but clearly that didn’t happen. 

Lucky for me, this recipe is delicious every other day of the year 🙂 

My Grilled Asian Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewers are a definite pinterest/reader favorite, so I thought I’d make another version, this time with a lime and cilantro infusion. YOU GUYS. Lime and cilantro were meant to be together. It’s a beautiful, tangy bright green marriage that makes my heart and tummy happy. Similar to my marriage.

That makes no sense.

The point is, these are good and lime and cilantro make this chicken mighty delish.

Here’s how to make it:

Chicken Skewer Ingredients

First thing to do is grab our main ingredients for the marinade. Honey, limes, cilantro, garlic, oregano and a few other things.

Chopped garlic

I chopped the garlic relatively thin and also

Lime Zest

grated a whole lot of lime zest.

Blender with ingredients in it

Add everything to the blender and give it a good whirl.

Blended ingredients

It should look a little something like this.

Raw chicken in a bowl

A quick word about the chicken: you’re going to want to use chicken breast meat and you’re going to want to cut it yourself into equally shaped bite size pieces. This is so it all that meat can cook at the same rate once it hits the grill. The worst thing ever is having one perfectly cooked piece of meat on a stick with a bigger, not fully cooked piece of meat. You have to keep the whole thing on the grill so the smaller piece gets overdone {therefore dry} while the other piece finishes cooking.

So, consider this a PSA and cut your meat the same size for heavens sake.

The end.

Green blended ingredients being added to the bowl of raw chicken

Pour that delicious marinade over the chicken!

Raw chicken and marinade

Stir it up really well so every piece is coated in the marinade, then cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

wooden skewers soaking in water

While the chicken is marinating, be sure to get your wooden skewers soaking in water.

Skewering Chicken

After the 1-2 hours, you can assemble your skewers with the marinated chicken and thin slices of lime {which are optional, but delicious}.

A plate of uncooked chicken skewers

Don’t they look so fabulous all piled one on top of the other?

I think yes.

Chicken skewers on the grill

Sooooo, once your indoor or outdoor grill is preheated, spray it well with nonstick cooking spray and get those chicken pieces onto the grill.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers

After a few minutes on each side, the chicken should be thoroughly cooked and still juicy {because you cooked it perfectly!}} Pull the skewers off and serve! I served our skewers over some brown rice with this Thai Peanut Slaw. Summer on a plate, ya’ll.

Anyways, printable recipe below. Be sure to follow me on Instagram here so you can see all the other lovey dovey pictures I’ll be posting over the next few days.

Have a great day, friends! I know I will 😉

Chicken skewers are served on a white plate with lime slices.
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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers

These Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers mixed with the smokey flavor from the grill have the tastes of summer. Try them tonight!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 8 minutes


  • 2 lbs chicken breast cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil


  • Place cubed pieces of chicken into a large bowl and set aside.
  • Measure and pour remaining ingredients into a blender and blitz until garlic and cilantro have broken down into tiny pieces. Pour over chicken and stir to coat. Cover and marinate in fridge for 1-2 hours.
  • While chicken is marinating, soak wooden skewers in water.
  • When ready to cook, alternate pieces of chicken and thinly sliced lime onto wooden skewers. Grill approximately 4 minutes per side or until grill marks form and chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove from grill and serve.


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 848mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers

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  3. Dee

    Have you ever tried using the marinade with whole skinless boneless chicken breast & grilling it? I love the cilantro lime chicken from Applebee’s .

  4. Linda Lashever

    This recipe looks awesome but does not give good directions. It does not say when to put in the honey or oregano and also what makes the marinade milky looking. Do you squeeze the 2 limes into the blender after you grate the peels?

  5. Elizabeth

    I made these last night and they were delicious!!! Exactly as pictured and were amazing over rice with your thai peanut slaw. Thank you!

  6. VikkiD

    I have some drumsticks I want to grill. Would this marinade work and could I marinate the drumsticks all day?

    Yay for your hubby being home in time for Mother’s Day! 🙂

  7. Michelle Strommen

    Just fyi when you hit the print button it leaves out how much cilantro. If you read the recipe itself it will tell you 1/2 bunch of cilantro

  8. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    Yeah! Hubby is back home. So happy for you. 129 days is a very long time.

    The skewers look great.

  9. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker

    Ooooooohhhh!!!!! These look SO perfect for some sunny weekend grilling! Cilantro + lime = perfection. Stoked my Blendtec arrived yesterday & I’m pretty sure this marinade will be happening in it asap!

  10. lauren

    how much cilantro did you use? (recipe doesn’t say). looking at your picture I am guessing 1/2 bunch? meaning a bunch as a rubberbanded bunch sold at the grocery! 🙂
    so glad your husband is home! love the pic!