5 from 3 votes
Close up of Chili Lime Chicken, flavorful, tender chicken perfect for grilling!
Grilled Chili Lime Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken is full of flavor AND still healthy, marinated overnight, grilled to tender juicy perfection. Excellent for summer entertaining!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Continental
Keyword: chili lime chicken grilled, grilled chili chicken
Servings: 4 6 ozportions
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
  • 4 6 oz pieces chicken breast, skinless and boneless (I cut mine into smaller strips for faster grilling)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, minced finely
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced finely
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1-2 teaspoons red chili flakes (adjust according to your heat pref)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. In a small bowl, stir all ingredients except the chicken until well combined.

  2. In a plastic bag, place all chicken pieces and dump about 1/2 of the marinade in with them.  Remove as much air as possible from the bag, then make sure to move the chicken around to coat all surfaces of the chicken.  Leave in fridge for at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours ahead of time.  Save the reserved marinade to pour over the top once grilled. 

  3. Preheat grill to medium high. Remove chicken from the bag.  If you want to use this leftover marinade you will have to BOIL it to cook the raw chicken juices.  You only need boil it for a couple of minutes.  Otherwise, only use the one you reserved.

  4. Grill chicken about 5 minutes on each side, makes sure center is fully cooked thru. The chicken will char where it touches the grill. To get the "pretty markings" you need to set the chicken down, then resist the urge to move it around. Only touch the chicken once to turn it.

  5. Once Grilled, allow to rest for 5-7 minutes.  You can brush some of the reserved marinade onto the chicken.  Serve immediately.  Leftovers are great for use on a salad the next day!   

Recipe Notes



All recipe calorie information was calculated on what I purchased to make this recipe in My Fitness Pal. When you make the recipe, the calorie content could vary depending on what specific ingredients/brands you actually use. Please take that into consideration if you are following a strict diet.