Honey Lime Chicken Skewers


These Honey Lime Chicken Skewers have that perfect slightly tangy, slightly sweet combo that no one can resist! Bite size pieces of chicken are soak in an easy, flavorful marinade, threaded onto skewers, then cooked over hot flames to get that fire kissed flavor. A must have summer recipe!

honey lime chicken skewers on white plate with lime wedges

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken Skewers

Isn’t the best part of summer the grilled food? Okay, maybe not the absolute best but it should be up there on the top 10 list, right? Who can resist that charred flavor? That charred flavor just makes these chicken skewers sing.

This recipe is actually just a slight adaptation an old recipe of mine. Here I just diced it up and added it to skewers because everything tastes better served skewer-style.

Really though, I’d have to say I do like these grilled chicken skewers even better. When it’s diced up and cooked this way, it allows more area to be saturated with that marinade. So you’ll really taste that delicious honey lime flavor in each and bite.

Honey Lime Chicken ingredients chicken breasts cilantro cayenne pepper honey olive oil soy sauce ginger garlic limes

Chicken Skewers Ingredients

What I love about this honey lime skewers recipe is how simple the ingredients are! You probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry already, which makes it easier to prep these skewers at a moment’s notice.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Limes
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Cilantro
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper

honey lime chicken skewers marinating in bag

How to Make Chicken Skewers

First you’ll whisk together the ingredients in the marinade (lime zest, juice, honey, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, ginger, cilantro, cayenne, S&P).

Then you’ll dice up the chicken and place it in a gallon size resealable bag and pour the marinade over the chicken, seal the bag and rub the marinade over the chicken. Marinate in refrigerator 1 – 6 hours. Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers.

Preheat a grill. Remove the chicken from marinade and carefully thread chicken onto skewers.

honey lime chicken skewers threaded onto skewer before grilling

Grill on oiled grates until chicken is cooked through, rotating once halfway through cooking. Then serve these grilled chicken skewers warm.

honey lime chicken skewers on grill

Can I Make This With Chicken Thighs?

Yes, just make sure to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs so that it’s easy to dice the chicken.

Can I Marinate the Chicken Overnight?

No, if you marinate the honey lime chicken for too long it will become tough. 1 to 6 hours in the marinade is the sweet spot for these grilled chicken skewers.

Can I Use Dried Ginger Instead of Fresh?

Fresh ginger is best in this recipe, as it adds a subtler flavor and pairs so nicely with the lime juice.

Tips for the Best Chicken Skewers

  • Don’t cut short the marinating time. You need at least one hour for those flavors to start to soak in.
  • Oil your grill grates just before adding the skewers to the grill. It’s a sticky chicken with all that honey.
  • Cook over medium heat, anything over that and the chicken will char too quickly. With sweet marinades like this that contain sugar or honey I like a medium heat otherwise those sugars will just burn.
  • Pair it with coconut rice and colorful grilled veggies for a tropical meal.

honey lime chicken skewers garnished with fresh cilantro

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Honey Lime Chicken Skewers

5 from 3 votes

Bite size chicken pieces are marinated in sweet and tangy honey lime mixture, then threaded onto skewers and grilled to get that tempting slightly charred flavor. This is one of those recipes the whole family can agree on. So delicious!

Servings: 5
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes


  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp fresh lime zest
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 3/4 lbs. bonless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes


  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together lime juice, lime zest, honey, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, ginger, cilantro, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

  2. Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag and pour lime juice mixture over chicken. Seal bag while pressing out excess air then rub marinade over chicken.

  3. Let marinate in fridge at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.

  4. If using wooden skewers let soak in water at least 1 hour.

  5. Preheat a grill over medium heat to about 375 degrees.

  6. Thread chicken onto skewers adding about 6 or 7 pieces to each.

  7. Brush grill grates with oil then place skewers on grill and grill about  7 minutes per side, or until chicken registers 165 degrees in center.

  8. Serve warm garnished with cilantro if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Cook over medium heat, anything over that and the chicken will char too quickly. With sweet marinades like this that contain sugar or honey I like a medium heat otherwise those sugars will just burn.
  • Pair it with coconut rice and colorful grilled veggies for a tropical meal.
  • Recipe source: adapted from my old honey lime chicken recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Lime Chicken Skewers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 936mg 39%
Potassium 625mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 14g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 7.3%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Honey Lime Chicken
Calories: 294 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Sarah Neill: Delicious! the best kind of recipe, ingredients readily available, easy to prepare, cook and so good, the entire family enjoyed them. I will be making the many more times, thank you! July 15, 2018 at 10:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! July 16, 2018 at 12:39pm Reply

  • jill: Made this for my husband 2 days ago and he is already asking for me to make it again. Easy and delicious. June 19, 2018 at 7:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad they were enjoyed Jill! Thanks for the 5 star review! June 19, 2018 at 7:12pm Reply

  • Polly: what a great summer grilling recipe!! Marinate is quick and i have all the ingredients. quick assembly and grilling time. I had not had coconut rice before so simple and really good. Can I make it in my instant-pot?

    Cant wait to try the Fijita Kebabs!! June 19, 2018 at 5:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t made coconut rice in the instant pot but I don’t see why not. You would want to reduce the liquids though as is normally done for the instant pot. Hope you enjoy my recipes! June 19, 2018 at 7:13pm Reply

  • vivian: My family really liked this and I liked how simple it was to make. Thanks for a good recipe! June 19, 2018 at 5:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you family liked these Vivian! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! June 20, 2018 at 10:22pm Reply

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