Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs with cauliflower rice on a white plate on top of a light blue and white checkered cloth napkin

Cilantro Jalapeño Lime Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

This Cilantro Jalapeño Lime Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice recipe is excellent for an easy weeknight meal. You can make the marinade in the morning and then by the time dinnertime comes, all you have to do is cook the chicken and the cauliflower rice. The actual cooking time takes less than 20 minutes if you multi-task or maybe 30 minutes if you make the chicken and then the cauliflower rice. Either way, it’s simple!

Using Bell & Evans Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs gives you moist, delicious results. Personally, I like chicken thighs better than chicken breast because they are juicier and there’s less of a chance that you’ll dry them out and end up with disappointing chicken.

This dish is a staff favorite for lunch. It’s so full of flavor plus it’s low in carbs, which is great since swimsuit season is right around the corner!

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs with cauliflower rice on a white plate on top of a light blue and white checkered cloth napkin
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Cilantro Jalapeño Lime Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinating time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 4 servings (2 thighs per person)
Calories: 618kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More

Ingredients

For the Chicken Thighs:

  • 1 package Bell & Evans Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 2 limes , finely zested and juiced, divided (zest of one lime for rice)
  • 2 large garlic cloves , finely minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper , seeded, deveined, and finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher or fine sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper

For the Cauliflower Rice:

  • 2 (10 ounce) bags frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Zest of 1 lime (from one of the limes used in the chicken)
  • ½ cup cilantro , finely chopped
  • Kosher or fine sea salt , to taste
  • Black pepper , to taste

Instructions

Make the chicken:

  • Place the chicken thighs in a large food storage bag. Combine olive oil, lime juice, zest of 1 lime, garlic, jalapeño, onion and garlic powders, salt, and pepper in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add to the chicken and marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature or up to 8 hours refrigerated.
  • If refrigerated, allow to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before cooking.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until it starts to sizzle. Shake the marinade off the chicken thighs and place in the skillet, being careful not to over crowd (cook in batches if needed). Cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Flip and cook for another 5-7 minutes or until browned and the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Discard marinade. Let rest a few minutes before serving with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice.

Make the Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice:

  • Cook the cauliflower rice per the package instructions. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until the butter has melted, and the oil starts to sizzle. Add the cooked cauliflower rice and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the cauliflower has dried out. Add the grated zest of 1 lime and the cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Jalapeño Lime Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 618 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 222mg74%
Sodium 1120mg47%
Potassium 1060mg30%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 329IU7%
Vitamin C 84mg102%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Bell & Evans Cauliflower Chicken Cilantro Healthy Jalapeno Peppers Lime
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