Coriander & Lime Chicken

This marinated chicken is great either baked in an oven or cooked on the BBQ. Served with a colourful fragrant pilau rice and the coriander and mint yoghurt it makes the perfect summer dish for entertaining, packed full of fresh green herbs and spices.

April 29, 2020
: 2
: 20 min
: 35-45 min
: 1 hr
: Easy

A perfect summer dish for entertaining!


  • 4 skin on chicken thighs (or 2 chicken legs)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 30g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks chopped
  • 30g fresh mint, leaves chopped
  • 1 inch fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 green chillies, deseeded and chopped finely
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ limes, juice and zest
  • 150ml natural yoghurt
  • seasoning to taste
  • Step 1 Dry fry the coriander seeds over a medium to high heat for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Crush them using a pestle and mortar, then pour them into a liquidiser with the coriander stalks, cumin, ginger, chillies, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and juice of 1 lime. Whizz until smooth, then use to coat the chicken in an ovenproof dish. Cover and leave to marinade for a minimum one hour, but preferably overnight.
  • Step 2 In the same liquidiser blend the coriander leaves, mint leaves, yoghurt and juice of ½ lime. Season to taste and sprinkle the zest of ½ lime over the top. 
  • Step 3 Either fire up the BBQ or pre heat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas mark 5.
  • Step 4 Remove the dish with the marinated chicken from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil. Cook in the oven uncovered for 35-45 mins until cooked through. 
  • Step 5 If bbq’ing then either part cook in the oven for 20 mins and finish off on the BBQ for the last 20 mins or cook for the full 35-45 mins on the BBQ until cooked through. Allow to rest for 5 mins.
  • Step 6 Serve the chicken with a fragrant pilau rice and the coriander and mint yoghurt alongside.