Cilantro Lime & Beer Chicken Thighs

Yet another take on one of my favourite flavour combinations for a quick chicken dinner. Cilantro, lime, beer and any number of other ingredients to create a tasty main dish. Kind of Mex-Tex I suppose.


  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp Colman’s dry mustard powder
  • ½ tsp dried chili flakes
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • pinch allspice
  • zest and juice of one medium sized lime
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper de-veined, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves well chopped
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone in skin removed
  • 200 ml honey brown ale


  • Add all ingredients except the chicken in large sealable glass dish, mix well. Add the chicken ensuring there is enough liquid to cover the chicken. You may have to add a little more beer so don’t be in a big hurry to drink all the leftover from the bottle just yet! Cover tightly and refrigerate for 2-3 hours, stirring once or twice.
  • Now you can drink the remaining beer.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Remove chicken from marinade and place in either a non-stick baking dish or one coated with vegetable spray. Bake for  covered for 45 minutes, serve with rice and re-fried beans.


Using a slotted spoon, ladle the chopped onion and jalapenos over the chicken once placed in baking dish.

Author: Jamie Stewart

Currently and quite possibly permanently living in the beautiful Comox Valley, Vancouver Island BC. I had spent many years living in Halifax but decided to opt for a milder climate a few years ago and wrangled a move here. I'm 54 years old and have been living with a spinal cord injury for almost 19 years now. As a result of that injury I am paraplegic, a definition I am not always comfortable with. I don't like being defined by what physical limitations I may have but I also don't get bent out of shape about it. Changing public perception of physical disabilities is a long process, one I have embraced and participated in through several volunteer programs over the years. I am an avid sailor (without a boat) and as retirement looms (yes I have continued working full time since recovering from the initial injury), I am pondering how to fill my time in a meaningful way. Traveling more, see the sights of this great country is high on my list. Increasing my involvement in volunteer programs that benefit the physically disabled and just simply trying to enjoy what life has to offer are my goals.