Mexican Style Chicken Thighs Recipe (Easy Marinade)

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Mexican Style Chicken Thighs Recipe (Easy Marinade)

If you've already explored some of our Mexican-inspired recipes like Mexican Spiced Chicken Breasts, Chicken Thigh Burritos, and Chicken and Pepper Quesadillas, you're in for another chicken dinner treat.

Prepare to be impressed by this delicious and flavorful chicken thigh recipe! With a zesty and aromatic Mexican chicken marinade recipe made with avocado oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, chili powder, oregano, and cilantro, these chicken thighs are packed with so much flavor.

The marinade beautifully infuses the chicken, creating a juicy and tender texture that is sure to please. Pair these mouthwatering Mexican chicken thighs with a side of fragrant Mexican rice or flavorful Spanish rice for a complete and satisfying meal. Alternatively, you can make burrito bowls with this tender chicken as the star. Top your bowls with fresh pico de gallo, hearty black beans, creamy avocado slices, and a sprinkle of shredded cheese. Enhance the experience with a dollop of sour cream and a dash of chopped fresh cilantro for a burst of freshness.

With plenty of options to create a tasty and colorful chicken dish just the way you like it, whether you're cooking for a weeknight dinner or hosting a gathering, this easy recipe is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs (skinless, boneless)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (for cooking)
  • ■■■■ MARINADE: ■■■■■
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt
  • cilantro (fresh, chopped, to taste)
Yield:
servings
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
15 minutes
Total time:
25 minutes
Yield: 3 servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes

Instructions

1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a large zip loc bag: oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, oregano, salt, and fresh cilantro. Add boneless skinless chicken thighs, toss around and marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours (better overnight, for maximum flavor).
Chicken thighs with Mexican chicken marinade in a ziploc bag.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook marinated chicken thighs over medium heat for about 6-7 minutes per side (flipping once). Cooking time may vary depending on the chicken thigh thickness. Continue cooking until the internal temperature measured by a meat thermometer reaches 165F (74C).
Marinated Mexican spiced chicken thighs cooking in a skillet.
Fully cooked golden brown Mexican style chicken thighs in a skillet.

Shop products and ingredients I recommend for this recipe:

Organic Chicken Thighs

Organic Chicken Thighs
Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil
Cumin

Cumin
Onion Powder

Onion Powder
Paprika

Paprika
Chili Powder

Chili Powder
Oregano

Oregano
Garlic

Garlic
Lime

Lime
Cilantro

Cilantro

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I’m Alena, the blogger at MyDeliciousMeals since 2010. My goal with MyDeliciousMeals is for you to discover the joy of cooking and to find lots of new favorite recipes that your family will enjoy. I’m so happy you stopped by!

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Gregory
I made this exactly as written, and marinated it for over 24 hours. I found it lacking in flavor. I mean flavorless. I even seared the thighs in a cast iron pan before I put them in the oven. They did look good though.
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alenatrs
Hi Gregory, sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this chicken recipe. Are you sure you used the right chicken to spices ratio? With all the listed spices they cannot taste flavorless. - Alena
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Mexican Chicken Thighs

Guest
Such a lovely recipe. Do you rinse the chicken thighs first or do you just add them as is into the marinade? I will try this recipe soon.
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alenatrs
Thank you! I rinse chicken only if I don't like how it feels to my hands (like a little slimy, for example), otherwise I don't rinse, but almost always pat dry with paper towels. Good luck! :) - Alena
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