Lemon Cilantro (or Coriander) Chicken

Fresh lemon juice, aromatic spices, and fresh herbs add so much flavor to this succulent chicken dish – Lemon and Coriander Chicken. An easy and delicious option for a weeknight family meal!



What a disaster! No, not this recipe, thankfully, but the fact that I lost the video for this recipe. It is frustrating as I really worked hard to make a video for this and even missed an appointment to finish it on time and then in the twinkle of an eye, it was gone….all gone.

Ok, so perhaps I am being a little bit melodramatic here. I know it’s not the end of the world and I am still relatively healthy and alive and free, so certainly there are more important things in life that I can be truly grateful for but, admittedly, for a few moments (fine, more than an hour) these thoughts didn’t help alleviate my frustration.

I know I only have myself to blame for not checking whether or not my album actually could upload the videos and not just the pictures from my SD card before I deleted them all. After desperately downloading software to help me recover the movie files and spending over an hour to figure them all out – alas, nothing happened and whatever files I recovered none of them were deemed readable by the video apps I have available…..sigh.

Thankfully, the pictures were still available so I could still make this post. My dear readers you may just have to wait a bit until I get the chance to videotape this again….at least, I tried! 🙂

Fresh lemon juice, aromatic spices and herbs add so much flavor to this succulent chicken dish. Easy and delicious option for a weeknight family meal! Lemon Cilantro (Coriander) Chicken | manilaspoon.com

Going back to the dish, since I usually just try to experiment with a combination of spices and as to how much to add in – I was initially unsure if the flavor would be balanced OR if it would work at all. I thought, well, there’s fresh ginger and garlic and cilantro (otherwise known as fresh coriander in England and beyond…), so there’s a chance it may taste good.

Hubby had second servings and I didn’t receive complaints from the kids so I consider that a success! Woohoo! Certainly, feel free to tweak the amount of spices to your liking and let the recipe serve as your guide. Below you will find the main ingredients for this very tasty dish. And, please don’t forget to serve this with your favorite Asian rice! There is some sauce (yup, under all that chicken) and you definitely need to drizzle that over the rice! Enjoy!

Fresh lemon juice, aromatic spices and herbs add so much flavor to this succulent chicken dish. Easy and delicious option for a weeknight family meal! Lemon Cilantro (Coriander) Chicken | manilaspoon.com

Lemon Cilantro (Coriander) Chicken

By: Manila Spoon
Published: 05/19/2016

Fresh lemon juice, aromatic spices, and fresh herbs add so much flavor to this succulent chicken dish – Lemon and Coriander Chicken. An easy and delicious option for a weeknight family meal!

FOR FULL RECIPE & INSTRUCTIONS and to PRINT, SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW.


WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS TO MAKE LEMON AND CORIANDER CHICKEN? 

  • 3 lbs chicken thighs, bone-in and skinless
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 (3-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 6 Garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons Chili powder, adjust to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • Salt and ground Pepper, to taste
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 large Lemon (get the biggest lemon!)
  • 1/2 cup Water or as needed
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh Cilantro, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • Extra Lemon slices, for garnish

HOW DO YOU MAKE LEMON AND CORIANDER CHICKEN? 

Heat the oil to medium, in a Dutch oven or a heavy-bottomed pan with a lid, Fry the chicken pieces in batches until they are nicely browned all over. Set aside.

Lower the heat. In the same pan, quickly stir-fry the garlic and freshly grated ginger until aromatic about a minute or less.

Stir in the rest of the spices (chili powder, ground coriander, turmeric and cumin) and the salt and pepper and cook for another minute.

Return the chicken pieces and stir to coat with the spices. Pour in the water and lemon juice and insert the bay leaves. Bring to a boil, cover and continue to cook on low to medium heat for about 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is tender.

Stir in the chopped fresh cilantro. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Serve immediately with rice and some green veggies. Garnish with extra chopped cilantro and lemon slices.

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 35 mins.
Total time: 45 mins.
Tags: Asian, Chicken, Cilantro, Dinner, easy, Gluten-free, herbs, Lemon, Low-Carb, poultry

Lemon and Coriander Chicken

Manila Spoon
Fresh lemon juice, aromatic spices, and fresh herbs add so much flavor to this succulent chicken dish – Lemon and Coriander Chicken. An easy and delicious option for a weeknight family meal!
4.67 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian Cuisine, South East Asian
Servings 8
Calories 191 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 lbs chicken thighs, bone-in and skinless, cut up
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil or oil of choice,
  • 3 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 6 cloves Garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 teaspoons Chili powder, adjust to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground Coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • Salt and ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 large Lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup Water, or as needed
  • 2 dried Bay leaves
  • 1 cup firmly packed fresh Cilantro or Coriander, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • Extra Lemon slices, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil to medium, in a Dutch oven or a heavy-bottomed pan with a lid. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, to taste. Fry the chicken pieces in batches until they are nicely browned all over. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Lower the heat. In the same pan, quickly stir-fry the garlic and freshly grated ginger until aromatic about 2 minutes. Stir in the rest of the spices (chili powder, ground coriander, turmeric, and cumin) and cook for another minute or until aromatic. The spiced need to be heated up to release their flavor.
  • Return the chicken pieces and stir to coat with the spices. Pour in the water and lemon juice and insert the bay leaves. Bring to a boil, cover and continue to cook on low to medium heat for about 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is tender. Stir in the chopped fresh cilantro. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Serve immediately with rice and some green veggies. Garnish with extra chopped cilantro and lemon slices, if desired.

Notes

TIPS & TRICKS
For a more lemony flavor, halve the lemon juice. Add the first half with the water and cook the chicken. Once the dish is done, pour in the remaining lemon juice and adjust the seasoning as needed. Serve with rice!

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 20gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 303mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 276IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword lemon cilantro chicken recipe, lemon coriander chicken recipe, lemon spiced chicken recipe
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15 Comments

    • May 23, 2016 / 1:13 pm

      Great combo for flavoring, indeed! Thanks Dannii!

  1. May 20, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    Oh no, so sorry to hear about your video! I'm glad you had the pictures to share though, because this chicken looks fabulous! The combo of garlic/ginger/lemon/cilantro and those spices sounds irresistible.

    • May 23, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      I charge it to experience and hope it never happens again! Thanks, Faith!

  2. May 20, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Awwww…too bad about your video and all that work. Luckily, you didn't lose the recipe and photos! This looks like a winner winner chicken dinner to me!

    • May 23, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      Thanks, Dorothy and I hope I never make that mistake ever again! 🙂

  3. May 21, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    This chicken looks so delicious and packed full of flavor! Thats the worst to hear you lost the video for the recipe. Technology can be so frustrating sometimes!

    • May 23, 2016 / 1:15 pm

      That is so true and appreciate your sympathy! Thanks!

  4. May 21, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    oh wow, this looks so flavorful! I hate when I lose content like that! I accidentally deleted the photos from 3 shoots a few months ago. The worst.

    • May 23, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      I can imagine exactly how you felt. Hope it never happens again to the both of us. Thanks!

    • May 23, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      Thanks Chrisy and glad you stopped by! 🙂

  5. May 23, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Oh my god. It looks so yummy. Must try this! xx

  6. June 4, 2016 / 6:23 am

    I'm always a huge fan of your chicken recipes and this is no exception. Thank you sweetie for adding a new delicious recipe xoxo

    • June 7, 2016 / 1:02 am

      Thank you so much Beverley! You are always very kind. Hope you like it!

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