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Grilled Chicken with Garlic Lime Marinade

This Grilled Chicken with Garlic Lime Marinade is a deliciously tender, juicy dish that’s sure to become a family favorite. Every bite is bursting with big flavors.

Grilled Chicken with Garlic Lime Marinade
Use your outdoor or indoor cast iron grill.

Grilled Chicken with Lime and Garlic

We’ve been living in messy, chaotic disarray all summer long. I’m not talking about the laundry nor my hair, though both could easily qualify.

Our house has been turned upside down for the past couple of months. What originally started as a minor repaint project quickly morphed into a whole-house makeover that has taken on a life of its own. Our kitchen has been out of commission, we’ve lived out of a hotel at times, and I’ve fed my kids more McD’s than they’ve had in their lives.

Mostly, I try not to look around my house. For sanity’s sake, I put my blinders on and choose to embrace what everyone tells me: you’ll love it when it’s all done. Amen.

Another thing to embrace: the grill. The grill is your friend when your kitchen is closed.

Grilled Chicken with Garlic Lime Marinade is a deliciously tender, juicy dish that’s sure to become a family favorite. Every bite is bursting with big flavors everyone wants more of. Put that zesty life into your grilled chicken…

Grilled Chicken with Garlic Lime Marinade
Juicy, zesty grilled chicken needs only a handful of ingredients

Key Ingredients for Garlic Lime Grilled Chicken:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are recommended for tenderness. Thighs are much less likely to become dry or overcooked. That said, feel free to use chicken breasts if you truly prefer it.
  • Pure honey and brown sugar are our picks for sweetening the deal. The flavors merge superbly and allow a nice browning to occur on the grill.
  • Plenty of garlic and freshly squeezed lime juice are in order.
  • Regular soy sauce is recommended for best flavor, though Tamari will work for a gluten-free and lower sodium option.
  • Sriracha is our choice for that bit of kick; adjust amount based on desired heat level.
  • A bit of fresh ginger provides aromatic flavor; ground ginger can work in a pinch if you can’t find fresh.

Helpful Tips for the best grilled chicken:

  • For even cooking, slightly pound the chicken pieces into even thickness.
  • For flavor infusion, we always pierce chicken pieces with a fork throughout, prior to marinading.
  • Give your chicken the best flavor and tenderness profile by allowing at least 2-3 hours or marinade time, ensuring all pieces are fully immersed in the sauce.
  • Always cook just until center is no longer pink, but chicken is not overcooked at all.
Grilled Chicken with Garlic Lime Marinade
Serve marinated grilled chicken with rice or salad for a complete meal.

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  • Organic and gluten-free, it’s a delicious substitute for regular soy sauce.

  • If you love a bit of kick with good depth of flavor, you’ll need more than one bottle of Sriracha.

  • Cast Iron Grill Pan

    Bbq grilled flavor with the perfect cast-iron sear. Easily drains grease while grilling for all cuts of meat and even vegetables.

Grilled Chicken with Garlic Lime Marinade

Garlic Lime Grilled Chicken

5 from 11 ratings
This Grilled Chicken with Garlic Lime Marinade is a deliciously tender, juicy dish that's sure to become a family favorite. Every bite is bursting with big flavors.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Servings: 6


  • 3 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (thighs recommended for tenderness)
  • cup + 2 TB pure honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup regular soy sauce
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TB Sriracha hot sauce; adjust for desired heat level
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 3 TB freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground or freshly grated ginger
  • ¼ tsp table salt
  • Other: Oil for cooking, freshly chopped cilantro for garnish


  • Dry: thoroughly dry chicken with paper towel and pierce with fork throughout. Lightly pound pieces into even thickness. Sprinkle both sides of chicken pieces with light layer of kosher salt (kosher salt is much coarser than table salt.)
  • Marinade: in a large pan or bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients into a well-combined marinade. Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade for later. Add chicken to the pan/bowl of marinade, turning to coat well. Marinade 2-3 hours, turning occasionally to re-coat.
  • Grill: coat grill with oil, heating over medium-high heat until hot. Place chicken evenly on grill and cook until nice grill marks appear and center is no longer pink, approx. 4 min/side (time depends on thickness) and basting occasionally with your 1/4 cup of reserved marinade.
  • Rest: let cooked chicken sit at room temp for 2-3 minutes before cutting into it. Serve immediately with freshly chopped cilantro for garnish, if desired.


For indoor/stovetop grilling, our favorite pan is this cast iron one


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 51.6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 165.5mg | Sodium: 258.7mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 6.8g
Course: chicken, Main
Cuisine: Asian American
Diet: Low Fat
Method: Grill

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Recipe Rating


    • Lesa
    • 5 stars

    Made this last night, exactly as the recipe states. Absolutely delicious! Paired with a watermelon, feta and mint salad. Will be making again!

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, so glad you loved it, Lesa!

    • Ramona
    • 5 stars

    This grilled chicken looks amazing, I really need to give this a try. I love the idea of combining those ingredients. I can’t wait to try it.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Ramona!

    • Elizabeth
    • 5 stars

    Love this juicy and flavorful chicken! So easy to make and perfect for summer!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you!

    • Genevieve
    • 5 stars

    We ar always in need of a good chicken recipe and this one fits the bill!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you!

    • Brianna May
    • 5 stars

    We have been making this on repeat this summer! SO good.

      • chewoutloud

      SO happy you all like this!

    • Leslie
    • 5 stars

    We use our grill religiously during the warmer months and I’m always on the hunt for recipes for the grill! Loving this chicken recipe! Great flavors!

      • chewoutloud

      So glad to hear it!

    • Laura Schwormstedt

    This sounds really fresh and the perfect summery dish for eating al fresco with friends – thanks for sharing

    Laura x

    • Yeah Lifestyle
    • 5 stars

    Your garlic lime grilled chicken looks super yummy and the flavours sound amazing. I would love to try making this!!

    • hawkandquill

    Okay, so this sounds like something I have to try! My mouth is already watering from the anticipated zestiness and tang of it. Thanks for the idea!

    • Catherine

    My mouth is watering! What a delicious meal. This sounds wonderful..I know I would love it!

    • kumamonjeng

    Love it! Especially when I look at the sauce on top and with a touch of lime, how great it is going to be!

    • Rosey Marie
    • 5 stars

    I like that it uses lime. so many chicken recipes use lemon, but lime is a nice switch!

    • Emily Fata

    Garlic lime looks like such a great marinade! I would create that same sauce and use it on my grilled tofu for summer barbecues! Thanks for sharing.

      • chewoutloud

      Sounds amazing, Emily!

    • Lavern Moore
    • 5 stars

    My mouth is watering. So delicious! I can hardly wait to try this garlic lime grilled chicken!

    • owengigg
    • 5 stars

    I’ve never tried combining lime with chicken but it certainly looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and idea.

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