Honey Lime Chicken Skewers

Published June 16, 2018. Updated July 31, 2019

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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 4 votes

Honey Lime Chicken Skewers

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
Prep20 minutes
Cook14 minutes
Ready in: 34 minutes



  • In a mixing bowl whisk together lime juice, lime zest, honey, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, ginger, cilantro, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
  • 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.
  • Let marinate in fridge at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.
  • If using wooden skewers let soak in water at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat a grill over medium heat to about 375 degrees.
  • Thread chicken onto skewers adding about 6 or 7 pieces to each.
  • 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.
  • Serve warm garnished with cilantro if desired.


  • 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*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 936mg41%
Potassium 625mg18%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • Milly Phoumsavath

    Delicious! I marinated for an hour and that was enough to make it so flavorful. The cayenne and black pepper really came through, if you’re not a pepper fan I’d say cut it back. I also used about 1 1/4 pounds of chicken for three people and we have plenty leftover for another meal. Served it with plain white rice and steamed broccoli. Amazing! I’ll definitely be making this recipe again. Next time maybe I’ll try cilantro lime rice or the coconut rice as recommended.

  • 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!

  • jill

    Made this for my husband 2 days ago and he is already asking for me to make it again. Easy and delicious.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad they were enjoyed Jill! Thanks for the 5 star review!

  • 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!!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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!

  • vivian

    My family really liked this and I liked how simple it was to make. Thanks for a good recipe!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad you family liked these Vivian! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!