Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa

My Favourite Chicken Recipes

Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa myfavouritepastime.com_2498Which cut of the chicken do you love most? It’s hard to say because it depends on what you want to cook. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are easy to cook, are pocket friendly and are arguably the tastiest part of the chicken. I always stock lots of boneless thighs, wings and breasts. Chicken breasts are probably the most popular cut of chicken. They can be baked, roasted, pan fried, grilled and even stuffed. Drumsticks are certainly not my favourites.

Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa myfavouritepastime.com_2504Today I want to share a recipe for spicy boneless thighs. The basis of this recipe is the marinade, which has several ingredients including my favourites, toasted sesame oil, spring onions and honey. The longer you marinate the better it will taste but please marinate for a minimum of 2 hours. The chicken can also be grilled in the BBQ, We really enjoyed eating the chicken with some salsa on the side, I added some Feta cheese to the salsa. I hope you enjoy the chicken the way we did!

  • Marinade Ingredients (makes 180ml (¾ cup)
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • ½-1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa myfavouritepastime.com_3284Marinade Ingredients: Combine all the marinade ingredients

Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa myfavouritepastime.com_3286in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour over the chicken and refrigerate for at least two hours, stirring occasionally.

Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa myfavouritepastime.com_3321Bake at 400°c for 20-30 minutes or until fully cooked, but still juicy inside, turning once (I baked for 30 minutes). Use a lightly oiled grill pan for best results.

Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa myfavouritepastime.com_3322Simmer the left over marinade for 10-15 minutes

Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa myfavouritepastime.com_3323then drizzle over chicken, after serving.

Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa myfavouritepastime.com_3324And serve some salsa on the side.

Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa

Preparation time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 30-45 minutes; Serves: 4

Ingredient

8-12 boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed off excess fat and flattened to ¼ inch thickness

Marinade Ingredients (makes 180ml (¾ cup)

  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • ½-1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour over the chicken and refrigerate for at least two hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bake at 400°c for 20-30 minutes or until fully cooked, but still juicy inside, turning once (I baked for 30 minutes). Use a lightly oiled grill pan for best results.
  3. Simmer the left over marinade for 10-15 minutes then drizzle over chicken, after serving.
  4. Serve with some Fresh Tomato salsa.

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45 thoughts on “Spicy Lemon Cilantro Chicken with Salsa

    1. Hi Sophie,
      Thank you so much for liking me on Facebook. After talking to a few Facebook veterans they told me I can only like your page or leave a comment if I have a “profile” whatever that means. I don’t have a personal Facebook profile and the blog one is just a page and it has so many limitations. If I find a way of liking you or you tell me how to do then I’ll be more than willing. Have a fabulous Sunday!
      Liz

  1. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are especially affordable in our town. It is one of the reasons why I prefer them to chicken breasts which are tougher and “dryer”.
    I’m gonna try this recipe. I have all the ingredients at the moment. 😀

    1. Oh Hari, I completely agree with you. Breasts are tougher and drier and too lean. You have to make them really special to enjoy them. Happy trying Hari. You people are having a presidential election? I saw on news yesterday. Is it over? I hope it goes on well for all of you!
      Liz

      1. Yes, we just voted on Wednesday. We will know the result on the 22nd. There are many remote places in this country where it cannot be reached by modern transportation. We are still waiting for the result from those places to know which candidate is going to win. 🙂

        1. Omg 22nd is a long way off. I hope the results will be pleasing to all of you. Those places must be really remote and your country has a very high population too! Have a great weekend, ahead!
          Liz

  2. This looks delicious. My favourite part are thighs but they don`t sell boneless ones here. Your marinade is great, excellent combination of spices for chicken. I am going to try it.
    Have a nice day.

    1. Oh Boy I’m so glad so many people love chicken thighs. Do you have that recipe for the braised thighs? Please share with me!
      Liz

  3. I am as much a thigh girl as that I love a plump drumstick (simmered asian style or roasted smothered in mustard and rosemary). All said I just have a soft spot for chicken and this dish looks like it would hit the spot! I do not own a gridle pan that can go into the oven (shameful I know, I know) do you think this would work on a foil covered baking sheet?

  4. That looks delicious. Have to say I have been using thighs more often these days. Love the idea of cooking this on the BBQ, one to try the next time the sun is out! Thanks

    1. Thank you. I’ve also been using thighs, thighs and more thighs and I simply love it. Cooks very fast and tastes great. I hope you find time to try. Have a lovely day!
      Liz

  5. Oh yummy looking chicken. What a nice easy dinner this will be. Thanks for posting this recipe Liz! And special thanks for always being there for me and your heartwarming comments, so gracious you are. Now, I’m going to write this recipe down and copy it to my recipe program on my ipad!

    1. Hi there Sandy,
      Thanks so much for your loyal friendship. I have no words to express your kindness. You are my source of inspiration, always. Thanks you and have a great week!
      Liz

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