Roasted Chicken with Cilantro and Lime
Roasted Chicken with Cilantro and Lime marinates all day; then roast the chicken while you make a side dish for a delicious low-carb dinner!
I first made this Roasted Chicken with Cilantro and Lime before you could buy roast chicken in every supermarket, and who doesn’t pick up a roast chicken at Costco now and then? But even though it’s a bit more work than just buying a roasted chicken, I love the smell of roasting chicken filling the house, and this is a pretty effortless dinner. The only part that’s a bit fussy is the step of rinsing off the dried cilantro before you cook the chicken, and that’s definitely optional; I just like the look of the finished chicken without those charred bits of cilantro. (Skip the cilantro completely if you’re not a fan.)
I also like to tie up my chicken with kitchen string, but that is 100% optional as well! If you haven’t cooked roast chicken at home, give this a try and see what you think. And check out Greek Lemon Chicken for another roasted chicken variation if you prefer those flavors!
How to Make Roasted Chicken with Cilantro and Lime:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Tie the chicken with string or not, your choice.
- Mix together marinade ingredients and put the chicken and marinade into a Ziploc bag and let chicken marinate all day in the refrigerator.
- When it’s time to cook, preheat the oven, rinse chicken to remove the cilantro if you wish, and let chicken come to room temperature.
- Then just roast about 15 minutes per pound. Use a meat thermometer (affiliate link) if you have one to be sure the chicken is at least 165F/74C.
- Let chicken stand about 10 minutes and then cut and serve.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
If you want a vegetable that cooks at the same temperature to share the oven, how about Roasted Broccoli with Garlic, Roasted Cabbage with Lemon, or Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan for a low-carb meal!
More Easy Chicken Dinners:
Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker Chicken Index ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Easy Lemon Chicken with Butternut Squash ~ Taste and Tell
Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Gravy ~ Spend with Pennies
Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
- 1 whole chicken, about 5 pounds
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (see notes)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 T dried cilantro
- 2 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce (or your favorite green hot sauce, optional)
- Remove giblets from inside chicken and discard. Rinse chicken inside and out with warm water. Tie chicken with kitchen string if desired.
- Mix marinade ingredients. Put chicken in large Ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken.
- Marinate 6-8 hours in refrigerator, or a little longer is okay.
- When you’re ready to cook, preheat oven to 450. Remove chicken from marinade and rinse with warm water. (Optional, but I like to rinse off the cilantro so it doesn’t burn.)
- Let chicken come to room temperature. (If you cover the roasting pan with foil it’s easier to clean.)
- Roast the chicken 15 minutes per pound. If you have a meat thermometer (affiliate link) you can use it to tell when the chicken has reached a temperature of 165F/74C, which is the recommended minimum temperature for roasted or grilled chicken.
- Let stand 10 minutes, then serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 28g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
You could eat this for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, or other low-carb diet plans. The South Beach guideline on meat is less than 10% fat, so give the fattier parts to other family members and eat the white meat if you’re a South Beach dieter.
Find More Recipes Like This One:
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