Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken

Steph Wagner

July 3, 2015

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Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken


Cilantro Lime Chicken - Bariatric Friendly Recipe

I recently hosted a cooking class at the Bariatric Clinic I work for. One of the recipes I featured was this Cilantro Lime Chicken. I picked it for several reasons:

1. Very few ingredients (4 not counting salt and pepper)

2. Very fast and can be done on the stove top or grill or George Foreman

3. Leftovers can be served tons of ways! (Chop up leftovers and toss it with tomatoes for a quick chicken salad!)

Bariatric patients will love this recipe for all of those reasons. With lots of flavor and moisture thanks to the lime juice. I used chicken tenderloins on purpose because not only are they more bariatric sized, but they also cook much faster than chicken breast! I also recommend fresh – the taste is better, they stay more moist and they are ready to cook right away instead of the pain of thawing the chicken!

As always, Sleeve, Bypass and Band patients need to keep your bites the size of a peanut or black bean. Put your fork down, pausing in between bites and be sure to chew well. If you haven’t heard me recommend it already, I love the app “Eat Slower” when you need to break that habit of shoveling down your food!

I served my Cilantro Lime Chicken with sautéed yellow bell pepper strips and a dollop of guacamole. I use the 100 calorie packs and divide it between at least 3 servings to keep the portion down. I’m also not as tempted to finish it off when they are in sealed packages…compared to if it was a big container of guacamole :)

Cilantro Lime Chicken Bowl Cilantro Lime Chicken and 100 Calorie Guacamole

Cilantro Lime Chicken - Bariatric Friendly Recipe

Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast tenderloins
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper


  • Place a large plastic baggie inside a bowl (helps to keep the baggie upright). Add all the ingredients. Seal the bag and toss around for chicken to be coated with marinade.
  • Set in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat a grill pan to medium high heat.
  • Use tongs to place chicken tenderloins on the grill pan. Cook about 4 minutes per side.
  • Check the internal temperature is 165F. Remove from heat and serve.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 282mg12%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 38IU1%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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