Grilled Honey Lime Chicken


This Grilled Honey Lime Chicken is so amazing that it’s likely to leave you speechless! Be sure to properly marinate and grill it, don’t settle for an hour or two of marinating and follow tips listed at bottom of recipe for properly grilled chicken.

I made this recipe because I love chicken for dinner and I wanted a new recipe to add to the rotation. This is an exciting one that I’m certain is going to be made in my home quite frequently. All of the flavors of this simple marinade blend so perfectly together and compliment the chicken amazingly well.

If you have leftovers – which is unlikely, they would make an incredible filling for tacos. I hope you love this recipe!

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Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

Easy to make deliciously bright and flavorful marinated and grilled chicken.

Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1.5 - 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast halves or chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. If chicken isn't an even thickness then place chicken in a large ziploc bag and seal bag. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound chicken to an even thickness.
  2. Place chicken in a non-reactive dish in a single layer. In a mixing bowl whisk together remaining ingredients. Reserve 2 Tbsp of the mixture in a non-reactive, airtight container in the refrigerator. Pour remaining mixture over the chicken, cover dish and allow to marinate 2 - 6 hours.

  3. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Once preheated, brush grill lightly with olive oil. Place chicken on grill and cook (with lid closed) 5-8 minutes per side until juices run clear (cook time depends on the thickness of the chicken, internal temp should register to 160 when done), baste each side of chicken with reserved marinade during the last minute of cooking. For juicier chicken, plate chicken, cover with foil and allow to rest 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Notes for better grilled chicken: don't flip chicken over and over again, it only needs to be flipped once, and if you like the cross marks as pictured you can flip it a second time during the last minute of cooking.
  • For the mouth watering grill marks brush the grill with olive oil before cooking and then when flipping to opposite side, this also prevents sticking as well.
  • Don't press down on chicken when grilling or poke continuously, this will release the juices and that delicious marinade.
  • Don't overcook or chicken will be tough, for tender chicken cook until internal temperature registers at 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer. Don't lift grill lid more than necessary.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Honey Lime Chicken
Author: Jaclyn


  • Jaclyn: Shawn – not a silly question at all, basically a nonreactive container just means a container that’s not stainless steel (or other metal) because it can react with the acid of the lime. Hope that answers your question and I hope you enjoy this! August 26, 2012 at 9:47pm Reply

    • Cathy M: Just as an FYI, stainless steel is considered non-reactive as pertains to acidic foods in cooking. Aluminum and copper are considered reactive. August 31, 2013 at 6:20pm Reply

  • Shawn: This may seem like a silly question, but what is a nonreactive container? August 26, 2012 at 6:01pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – I think a George Formeman Grill would work fine, almost as good. I think I will be doing a similar method in the winter time. Hope you enjoy! July 18, 2012 at 5:32pm Reply

  • Anonymous: My grill is on the fritz. Do you think this would work as well with a Foreman grill? Probably not is my guess. :( July 17, 2012 at 9:57am Reply

  • -Veronica: I agree that your photos are phenomenal and everything looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. June 26, 2012 at 8:29pm Reply

  • Terri Edwards: Making this tonight! I’ll report back on the results :) Great site!! June 18, 2012 at 4:53pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Ashley – I’m so happy to hear it was a hit =)! Thanks so much for your comment and your very welcome! June 5, 2012 at 7:49am Reply

  • Ashley Ann: Ended up making this for a family birthday dinner & got rave reviews! Thanks for a great recipe. June 4, 2012 at 8:20am Reply

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