These Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs are my favorite chicken for enchiladas and more! I love to use these perfectly flavored chicken thighs for tacos, chimichangas, quesadillas, burritos, and taquitos, too!
2tablespoonlime juice(fresh, squeezed, include the pulp)
4tablespooncilantro(fresh, finely chopped stems and leaves)
½teaspoonred pepper flakes
½teaspooneach, salt & pepper(to taste)
lime wedges & cilantro(for garnish, if desired)
Cilantro Lime Marinade for Chicken
Combine marinade ingredients in a medium bowl: whisk the olive oil, lime juice (and pulp), cilantro, finely minced garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined. Place the chicken thighs into the marinade and allow to marinate for at least an hour.
Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs
Heat a large skillet or frying pan to medium high heat. Once heated, add the marinated chicken and sear both sides for 3-4 minutes until they get a nice bit of color. When both sides have seared and have a nice golden color, cover the skillet or frying pan.
Reduce the heat to medium and check the thighs for done-ness after about 10 - 15 minutes (our smaller pieces were done at this 10 minute mark, the largest took an additional 5 minutes cooking covered at medium heat).
Remove from heat and serve immediately, with optional garnish of lime wedges and cilantro, if desired.