A homemade cilantro lime marinade is the star of this easy chicken recipe. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can cook this in your oven or grill it.
Cilantro Lime Marinade
I know I say this a lot but this recipe is once again all about the sauce. In this instance, technically it’s a marinade. There are tons of different cilantro-lime marinade recipes out there. My version includes the usual ingredients: oil, cilantro, lime juice, etc. I also add 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to give it a little kick. Lower the amount or omit it all together if you don’t want marinade to have a little bit of heat to it. To blend your marinade together you can use a food processor or a blender. I used a food processor.
Cooking The Chicken
The beauty of this recipe is that you can use up to 3 pounds of whatever cut of chicken you want. You will want to take into consideration how large your air fryer is. I chose to use a 2.8 pound spatchcock whole chicken. A spatchcock chicken is basically a chicken that has been butterflied by removing the backbone. It cooks laying flat. Because of this, I actually did not flip the chicken halfway through cooking. If you’re using cut up chicken pieces, I suggest you flip the chicken around 12 minutes into cooking. Every air fryer is different. My 2.8-pound spatchcock chicken cooked in 25 minutes. Yours might take a little longer or a little less. Be sure to cook your chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
What Is An Air Fryer?
An air fryer is an appliance that circulates hot air around food at high-speed, cooking the food and producing a crispy ‘fried’ layer. Air fryers come in various sizes. I have 2 air fryers. Two different brands, two different capacities. One is a 5-quart, the other is a 5.8-quart. What size air fryer you should get depends on your needs. I’m a household of two so most days I usually cook 2 pounds of food and under which can go in my 5-quart without having to do more than 1 batch. Since I’m using an whole spatchcock chicken for this recipe, I used my 5.8 quart.
Other air fryer recipes you might enjoy:
OTHER COOKING METHODS
Don’t have an air fryer yet? That’s okay. While I do recommend getting one, you can also bake the chicken. Here are instructions on what to do once the chicken has marinated: preheat oven to 400F. Place chicken on a large baking sheet, skin side up. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the skin is browned and the internal temperature reaches 165°. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before serving. How long you bake this will depend on what cut of chicken you are using. You can also grill this!
- Up to 3 pounds of chicken (your preferred cut)
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- Juice of 3 limes (approximately 6 tablespoons)
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- Add chicken to a large bowl or plastic bag.
- Combine marinade ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pour marinade over chicken.
- Cover & marinate minimum 30 minutes, up to 24 hours.
When ready to cook:
- Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees.
- Remove chicken from marinade & discard marinade.
- If using aluminum foil, place foil down in the air fryer. Add chicken on top. If using cut up pieces, add them in a single layer, not stacked. You might have to cook your chicken do this in batches.
- Cook approximately 25 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through. Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees. See note in blog post about cooking the chicken.
I used a large 5.8 quart air fryer.
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