Cilantro-Lime Chicken Tacos

A quick lime marinade does double duty as a sauce in these tangy chicken tacos.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
8 tacos


  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, plus 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon lime zest (reserve before juicing limes)

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, divided

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt plus 1/8 tsp., divided

  • 1 ¼ pounds thin-sliced boneless, skinless chicken cutlets

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup diced strawberries

  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper

  • 2 cups baby spinach

  • 8 (6 inch) blue or yellow corn tortillas, warmed


  1. Place 1 cup cilantro leaves, oil, 2 Tbsp. lime juice, orange juice, garlic, and 1/4 tsp. salt in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Transfer half the mixture to a small bowl and refrigerate.

  2. Place the remaining mixture in a sealable plastic bag and add chicken. Seal and turn to coat the chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, strawberries, jalapeño, lime zest, and the remaining 1 Tbsp. lime juice, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, and 1/8 tsp. salt in a medium bowl; toss well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  4. Preheat grill to medium-high. Lightly oil the grill grate (see Tip). Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard the marinade). Grill the chicken until browned and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. (Alternatively, broil the chicken for 4 to 5 minutes per side.) Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Slice into thin strips.

  5. To assemble: Place 1/4 cup spinach and a generous 1/3 cup chicken on each tortilla. Top each with about 1 1/2 tsp. of the reserved cilantro mixture and 1/4 cup salsa.


To make ahead: Prepare marinade (Step 1) and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Tip: To oil grill rack: Rub an oil-soaked paper towel over the grates (use tongs to hold the paper towel). Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

385 Calories
18g Fat
23g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 tacos (2 tortillas + 3/4 cup chicken + 1/2 cup spinach + 1 Tbsp. dressing + 1/2 cup salsa)
Calories 385
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 323mg 14%
Potassium 438mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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