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Easy, healthy, and impossible to mess up, this cilantro and onion marinated grilled chicken is perfect for summer BBQs.

Cilantro and Onion Marinated Grilled Chicken

Easy, healthy and impossible to mess up, this Cilantro and Onion Marinated Grilled Chicken is your new favorite summer BBQ recipe. Use your blender to create a quick and zippy marinade, and sub any fresh herb if you don't like cilantro. Inspired by the Zahav cookbook.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinate 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


For the marinade

  • 2 cups cilantro I just grab a large handful - no need to be precise. If you don't like cilantro, pick another herb (parsley or basil are great substitutes).
  • 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup oil I use canola or veggie.
  • 2 tsp kosher salt

For grilling

  • 2 lbs chicken breast, diced Thigh also works well, but you may have to adjust cooking time.
  • 1 lemon, halved Optional


  1. Put all ingredients except chicken into a blender, and blend until combined.

  2. Pour into a large bowl or freezer bag and add the chicken. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.

  3. Skewer the chicken, and grill over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, or until juices run clear (cook time will depend on the size of the chunks). Grill the lemon along with the chicken, if using.

  4. To serve, squeeze the grilled lemon juice over the chicken and enjoy!