This grilled cilantro lime chicken is a summer’s night dream.

grilled cilantro lime chicken with peach pico de gallo

You know I’m all about the non-boring chicken dinners, right?!

Well, this one isn’t fancy but it’s flavorful and perfect for hot summer nights.

cilantro lime marinade ingredients

Ever since I made our favorite tortellini salad (ever!), we’ve become hooked on the cilantro lime vinaigrette. It is SO good and even though I really like cilantro, I don’t think it’s very cilantro-y. Like I know people who don’t love cilantro and even they enjoy that dressing in the tortellini salad.

So then, I started using it as a marinade! I have a recipe with steak and cilantro lime marinade coming up in my next book, so I figured… why not throw some chicken in there as well.

chicken marinating in cilantro lime dressing

This is one of my quintessential summer dinners. I mean, honestly, many nights I could just eat corn on the cob and tomatoes with mozzarella and call it a day. The fresh, summery garden produce just calls to me right now like nothing else.

Of course (shocker), it’s not even to sustain Eddie for dinner, so I have to get creative. Many days I just have no desire to turn on the oven. I will make as MANY things on the grill that I can, even if they seem a but outlandish. But it works, I swear.

diced peaches

This chicken (you can use breasts or thighs!) is marinated a cilantro lime vinaigrette, grilled to perfection and served with a peach pico de gallo on top.


peach pico de gallo

If you have a copy of The Pretty Dish, then you know that how much I love a good peach salsa. The version in my book uses corn, and I make a different version every week. But I can say with certainty that it is something I make every.single.week in the summer. Friends just die over it. It’s fresh, sweet, spicy – so good with chips. 

This one is pretty darn simple – it’s essentially a pico de gallo with diced peaches thrown in. I CRAVE this. It’s sweet and spicy and crunchy and limey. The sweetness that the peaches add? Phenomenal. And I never even knew I wanted something sweet in my pico!

grilled cilantro lime chicken with peach pico de gallo

It looks like a bit of a boring dinner but if you’re someone who loves a quick summer dish that can be made mostly on the grill, here you go! I like to throw a few ears of corn on the grill along with the chicken to complete the meal. You can eat it as is, chop it all up and throw it on a salad, mix it in a rice bowl – anything! 

And I mean, it definitely leaves room for ice cream after.

grilled cilantro lime chicken with peach pico de gallo

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

This grilled cilantro lime chicken is juicy and flavorful and topped with a spicy, sweet peach pico de gallo! Perfect for summer nights.
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cilantro lime chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

peach pico de gallo

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 peach, diced
  • 1 shallot. diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, freshly juiced
  • pinch of salt and pepper


cilantro lime chicken

  • Place the chicken in a bowl, baking dish or resealable bag.
  • Combine the cilantro lime juice, honey, garlic, salt, pepper, pepper flakes and olive oil in a blender until combined. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Let it marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to high for at least 10 minutes. I like mine around 500 or 550 degrees!
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and let any excess drip off. Place the chicken on the grates and grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • While the chicken grills, I also like to throw some corn on the cob directly on the grill. I grill it for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes then slice it and serve with the peach pico on top.

peach pico de gallo

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. You can make this a day ahead of time - it’s great even if it sits for 10 to 15 minutes!

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grilled cilantro lime chicken with peach pico de gallo

Could eat that pico with a spoon.