David's Grilled Cilantro Chicken Recipe

I really enjoy when my son stops by for a visit. This time he made his grilled cilantro chicken recipe for everyone. And it was good!

His grilled chicken recipe is simple to make, and filled with great flavor. Besides the cilantro, he uses chopped onions and garlic, fresh lime juice, beer and a good quality seasoning mix.

Grilled Cilantro Chicken Breasts

Here's a little pictorial progression of the process. Click on the pics for a larger view.

Chop Onion

All of the ingredients are assembled. That includes the limes, the beer, the cilantro, onion, garlic and seasoning.

Chopping Onion Into Small Dice

The onions are chopped...

Look At Those Knife Skills With The Onion

And very professionally I might add!

Rinse and Chop Cilantro

The cilantro is rinsed, then the leafy top is removed from the stems and chopped.

Cilantro Goes Into Bag With Chicken

Now the cilantro goes into the bag with the chicken breasts.

Onions Into Bag of Cilantro and Chicken

Next the chopped onion goes in. This is gonna be good!

Squeeze Limes Into Bag

Limes are squeezed onto the chicken, and the chopped garlic and seasoning mix is added.

Add Beer To Bag With Chicken and flavorings

I know what you're thinking, but this is NOT a waste of beer. The universal truth that states, "Beer that's not drank is wasted beer" does not apply in this case.

The chicken breasts are left in the refrigerator to stew in their own juices, along with a bunch of other flavorful stuff.

Grill Cilantro Chicken Breasts

Gently placed over burning charcoal, the cilantro chicken breasts are grilled until just reaching the point of perfect doneness. Note my son's excellent handling of the barbecue tongs...

Grilled Cilantro Chicken Breasts On Platter

After being removed to the serving platter, the chicken is topped with the reserved chopped cilantro and chopped onions, adding visual appeal and another layer of fresh flavor. come and get it!

And here's the recipe...


  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 12oz bottle of Corona cerveza (beer)
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (2 tablespoons reserved)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (2 tablespoons reserved)
  • 2 limes
  • 2 teaspoons Emeril's Steak Seasoning (or a reasonable facsimile)

Rinse chicken breasts and place into a gallon freezer bag, in a single layer. Top each side of the bagged breasts with 1/2 of the chopped onion, chopped garlic, chopped cilantro and one teaspoon of steak seasoning. Squeeze the juice out of the limes, right into the bag. Go ahead and toss in what's left of the squeezed-out limes. It's all good...

Now, pour one bottle of Corona into the bag. Seal it, squish it around to mix things up, and place it in the fridge. It's a good idea to put the bag into a bowl or baking sheet, just in case it decides to leak. Marinate the breasts in the cilantro lime marinade for 3 to 4 hours.

Grill over medium high, direct heat for 5 to 8 minutes per side, until just done. Using a thermometer, remove them when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Top the grilled cilantro chicken breasts with the reserved chopped onions and chopped cilantro just before serving. Give them another squeeze of fresh lime juice, or provide lime wedges to your guests.