Skillet Honey-Lime Chicken

06.21.2016

This Skillet Honey Lime Chicken comes together in 30 minutes and requires no marinating. It pairs perfectly with rice and your veggies of choice. I bet this will be part of your weekly meal rotation in no time! 

Chicken breasts with honey lime glaze in a skillet after cooking.

Easy Honey Lime Chicken Recipe

You know how I love my skillet chicken recipes! I love how quick and easy they are, yet if they’re done right the end result can be perfectly tender and perfectly flavorful.

You wouldn’t believe how flavorful this honey lime chicken is! It doesn’t require any marinating, and it’s not even cooked in the sauce yet it is so vibrantly flavorful and you immediately notice that oh so delicious honey-lime flavor pairing.

Like most of my skillet chicken recipes, I created this one to have a little extra sauce — the sauce here is perfect for serving with rice. Instead of just serving it with white or brown rice though, I highly recommend serving it with coconut rice — which is what I did (something like this recipe here).

I’m still trying to figure out which veggie I’d like best with this skillet chicken breasts recipe. For the first time in a long while, I actually didn’t serve a veggie with our dinner because I was in a hurry.

This easy chicken recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and I hope you and your family love this as much as my family did! It may even become a regular to your dinner rotation!

Four pan seared chicken breasts in a skillet.

Honey Lime Chicken Ingredients

For this easy skillet chicken recipe, you’ll need:

  • Chicken broth
  • Cornstarch
  • Lime zest and juice
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Green onions, for serving
  • Rice, for serving

Skillet Honey-Lime Chicken garnished with lime wedges

How to Make Skillet Chicken

  • In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together broth, cornstarch, soy sauce, honey, lime juice and zest.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, then cook in oiled skillet until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Transfer chicken to plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, sauté garlic with a little butter. Then stir in the honey lime sauce and cook until thickened.
  • Return chicken to skillet and spoon sauce over top before serving.

Can I Make This Recipe with Chicken Thighs?

Yes, although you may need to adjust the cook time slightly depending on whether or not the thighs are boneless.

Do I Have to Add Cornstarch to the Sauce?

The cornstarch helps thicken the sauce and prevents it from being too runny. If you don’t have cornstarch on hand, you can use all-purpose flour instead. However, flour doesn’t thicken sauces as well as cornstarch so your honey lime chicken may be runnier than mine.

close up of Honey-Lime Chicken in metal skillet

Tips for the Best Honey Lime Chicken

  • For the brightest flavor, use freshly squeezed lime juice and not the pre-bottled kind.
  • Whisk the cornstarch into a small amount of broth before mixing it with the rest of the sauce. This will prevent the cornstarch from forming clumps.
  • If your chicken breasts are thicker in some areas, pound them flat before cooking them. This will help the chicken cook at the same rate.

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Skillet Honey-Lime Chicken

Chicken breasts are pan seared to golden brown perfection then covered in a sweet and tangy honey lime glaze. A simple dish the whole family will love!

Servings: 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 (6 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sliced green onions, for serving
  • Cooked coconut rice, for serving (optional)*

Instructions

  1. Pour about 1 Tbsp of chicken broth into a small mixing bowl. Whisk in cornstarch. 
  2. Pour in remaining chicken broth, lime zest, lime juice, honey and soy sauce. Whisk to blend, set aside.
  3. Pound thicker parts of chicken breasts to even thickness on using the flat side of a meat mallet. Season both sides with salt and pepper. 

  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken about 5 - 6 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  5. Melt butter in same skillet used to cook chicken over medium heat. Saute garlic until golden and fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  6. Whisk lime juice mixture once more then pour into skillet and cook and stir until mixture has thickened and reduced slightly, about 2 minutes. 
  7. Return chicken to skillet, spoon sauce over chicken. Garnish with green onions an serve warm with coconut rice if desired*.

Recipe Notes

  • *Follow link HERE for coconut rice recipe. Rice not included in nutrition listed here.
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Honey-Lime Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 494mg21%
Potassium 690mg20%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 9.4mg11%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Honey Lime Chicken
Calories: 360 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

9 comments

  • sam: Do you think I could do this in a slow-cooker? Is there anything that would need to be adjusted? March 7, 2017 at 3:38pm Reply

  • Holli: This sounds great. I’m looking forward to giving it a try. I know coming up with just the right veggie as a side can be tricky. I’m thinking a pineapple/green and red pepper stir fry would be good. August 27, 2016 at 3:23pm Reply

  • Erica: So delicious! And I love your suggestion to pair the chicken with coconut rice. The combination works perfectly together. July 7, 2016 at 9:18pm Reply

  • Suzanne Landers: I made this dish for dinner tonight and it was fairly quick, easy, and extremely DELICIOUS!!! My husband told me I better make it again! High praise indeed! So glad I saved this. July 3, 2016 at 7:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you it was enjoyed Suzanne! Thanks for your comment. July 6, 2016 at 10:14am Reply

  • Joan Link: I loved this flavor combination! Where do you buy chicken breasts? What brand? Even pounding, mine tend to be tough with skillet recipes & often with grilling, as well. June 29, 2016 at 4:24pm Reply

    • Donna Beauchamp: I get beautiful chicken breast delivered to my home and good prices from Schwanns. They don’t serve everywhere. This recipe looks great & I will try. January 10, 2017 at 4:11pm Reply

  • Natasha @ Salt and Lavender: Oh yummy! I love this flavor combination. I too love skillet chicken recipes. Your photos just make me want to reach out and take a bite. June 22, 2016 at 1:20pm Reply

  • Claire Penn: Skillet Honey-Lime Chicken looks great but says to serve with Coconut rice. Do you have the recipe?
    Thanks! June 22, 2016 at 12:44pm Reply

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