Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

May 8, 2012

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!

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



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  • Lyrica L.

    This was wonderful! Found it via a Google search and made it for a dinner party this week. Everyone was raving and I’ll definitely be making it again. Thanks, too, for the grilling tips that were so very helpful in getting the chicken to turn out moist and perfect. Love it!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      That’s great to hear Lyrica! I’m so glad everyone liked it! Thanks for your comment!

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  • jan

    My Grilled Honey Lime chicken is, um, er, baking in the oven. I am trying your marinade as a baking sauce and can’t wait to see how it tastes. Planning to serve it with baked sweet potatoes and homemade coleslaw. A nice glass of cold pinot grigio will be served with it. :)

  • Sarah

    Looks delish!! What do you normally serve it with? Like the fajita/taco idea. It doesn’t look like it has a lot of sauce.. Ideas would be great! Thanks! :)

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I haven’t yet tried it in tacos or fajitas yet but I’d maybe just add more of the sauce to the recipe. It’s hard to say what would blend well with it without trying other things =). Normally I just love cilantro lime ranch which may be good with this or some sort of salsa.

  • Lainey

    The name and of course the photos drew me to this recipe! Do you think this could work by baking instead of grilling?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Lainey – Yes I believe that would be just fine. Let me know how it goes. Thanks!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m not a huge fan of shrimp so I can’t say for sure but yes it probably would. Just don’t marinate it for too long or the acids of the lime will cook the shrimp.

  • Shawn

    Thanks Jaclyn, I am marinating 8 breasts right now so I can use some in my salads for work! Im sure it is going to be awesome!

  • Anonymous

    This looks fantastic. It seems this should work well on a whole chicken grilled with a can of beer in the center.