Citrus Chicken with Cilantro Garlic Sauce

By: Cassy Joy
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This Citrus Chicken with Cilantro Garlic Sauce is packed with flavor and perfect for a quick, grilled dinner!

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Today's Citrus Chicken with Cilantro Garlic Sauce is inspired by one of my favorite fast-food spots in San Antonio, Pollo Tropical! Though their citrus chicken with cilantro garlic sauce is MUCH different, the spirit is the same. I tried to make this recipe as easy to replicate from home as possible, so ANYONE can make these little tasty morsels!

skewers of Citrus Chicken with Cilantro Garlic Sauce on a white plate

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Citrus Chicken with Cilantro Garlic Sauce

overhead view of skewers of Citrus Chicken with Cilantro Garlic Sauce on a white plate
  • Author: Cassy
  • Prep Time: 4 hours for marinade
  • Total Time: 4 hours for marinade


For the chicken:

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (ButcherBox has great ones!), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • fresh chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • fresh lime, for garnish

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Toss the chicken in the lime juice, cover, and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes, maximum of 4 hours. Using 5-6 metal skewers, pierce the chicken pieces so that you have 10-12 pieces on each. Drizzle the skewers with the olive oil and then sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  2. Heat either a grill or grill pan over high heat. Once at temperature, add the skewers and cook each side for 4 to 5 minutes, or until they start to brown. Transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. For the sauce, add the ingredients to a blender and blend on high for about 1 minute, or until it looks mostly even.
  4. Serve the sauce over the chicken and garnish with the cilantro and fresh lime. Enjoy!

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  1. Kymber says:

    HOLY MOLY…this is YUMMY!! Even my hubby, who is not a chicken fan, thought this was good. I could eat it every day!

  2. LC says:

    Hello! I’m really wanting to try this recipe and was wondering, is there a good substitute for coconut milk that you can recommend? I have a food sensitivity/allergy to coconut milk as well as dairy. Thanks!

  3. Christine says:

    What are the Macros for this recipe?

  4. K says:

    This recipe is perfect the way it is….. I put the chicken and sauce over a bed of spinach and added a little Avocado. Superb!!!!

    5.0 rating

  5. MCF says:

    This is SO good and that sauce is to die for! I could eat that on shrimp, fish, salad, as a veggie dip….I might even try it with steak like a chimichurri sauce. Chicken is so tender after marinating. 10 stars!

  6. Melody says:

    Do NOT shake coconut milk. Apparently you just use the separated cream out of the can. Learned that the hard way.

  7. Dee says:

    Love the flavor but I would have liked the sauce a bit thicker (prob need to experiment)