Jan 17

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken {Healthy Recipe}

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

It's that time of year when everyone is looking to eat a little healthier. I know I ate more than my fill of sweets over the holiday season!

It's pretty common knowledge now that including a moderate serving of lean proteins, like chicken breasts, in your meal is a great way to keep your calorie count low, while still keeping your belly full. But let's face it -- chicken can get a little boring...

My mom sent me this honey lime chicken recipe several months ago, but it got buried in my inbox and I forgot all about it. She reminded me of it again the other day, so I took a second look and was excited to see that I already had all of the ingredients on hand.

The honey lime chicken marinade consists of only five ingredients, but wow, does it ever perk up your chicken and turn it into something special. This is a recipe worth sharing!

Honey Lime Chicken Marinade

As I mentioned, just five simple ingredients -- soy sauce, lime juice, olive oil, honey, and chopped garlic -- get whisked together to create the marinade. I sliced up my chicken breasts so the marinade could cover more surface area, and I put the sliced chicken and marinade in a large Ziploc bag to marinate for about four hours.

This was super simple to throw together a lunch time, and it was ready to grill when the kids got home from school.

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken Marinade

Slicing the chicken breasts makes the grilling process much faster -- about five minutes per side was all that was necessary. It also made serving the chicken super easy, a couple slices for my youngest, adding a few more for my bigger eaters.

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

I served our honey lime chicken over this delicious coconut cilantro lime rice. This is one quick and easy weeknight meal!

Honey Lime Chicken

Yield: 4 chicken breasts

Honey Lime Chicken


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped or pressed
  • 4 large chicken breasts, whole or sliced


  1. Add soy sauce, lime juice, olive oil, honey, and garlic to a small bowl in that order (the olive oil will help the honey slide right out of the spoon). Whisk together thoroughly.
  2. Place chicken in a large Ziploc bag and pour the marinade in. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. I prefer to do it for about four hours.
  3. After marinating, grill chicken over high heat for about five minutes per side for slices or seven minutes per side for whole breasts, until cooked through.


Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

If you love the is Grilled Honey Lime Chicken, I have a feeling you'll also love these Cilantro Chipotle Grilled Chicken Thighs... Add a veggie side to either recipe and you've got a delicious and filling, yet still healthful, meal that will appeal to the whole family!

Some healthy veggie sides to consider:

What's your favorite way to get out of a chicken breast rut?

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by Tara | 31 comments

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Robyn | Add a Pinch January 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

Love honey chicken and this looks amazing, Tara. I’m craving this for lunch!
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Rick | Sushi Recipes January 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

Very simple, and looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe, I’m trying it tonight !
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Amanda January 18, 2013 at 10:10 am

That looks SOOOOOO good! I can almost taste it. And I really want to taste it right now!! Better hit the store. :)
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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I love honey lime chicken! This sounds so easy!
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Paula - bell'alimento January 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

That is one gorgeous chicken dish.
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Cassie January 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I love the lime juice here! these flavors are some of my favorites. I love this Tara!


Angie January 19, 2013 at 7:36 am

This looks so good! We use our grill year round too!
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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen January 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Love these flavors, this would be perfect for weeknights!
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Kat January 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

I had all these ingredients, and it’s been marinating for a day! But I had bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs… do you think it would be good in the croc-pot? or should I just bake and Broil?


Tara January 22, 2013 at 10:42 am

I like it grilled because the marinade will caramelize a little bit over the heat, but I’d imagine it would be very good in the crockpot, as well.


Rachel - A Southern Fairytale January 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Definitely one of my favorite kinds of marinades! I use lime and honey and garlic and soy together a lot!
Delicious, Tara! And Gorgeous pics!
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Jennifer (Savor) January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Another great chicken recipe to add to our family repertoire!


aimee @ like mother like daughter February 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm

oh my gosh, this looks so yummy! what kind of rice did you serve with it? cilantro lime?
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Tara February 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Yep, I just threw together a cilantro lime rice. I don’t really have a recipe for it, but I described how to make it in the post. They’re delicious together!


Kelly July 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm

i just made this for dinner tonight and it is DELICIOUS! seriously good. and it’s super easy! :-) i also grilled sliced zucchini (i tossed them in some olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a little bit of lime juice) to go with it.


Tara July 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Glad you liked it, Kelly! Grilled zucchini is one of my favorite easy summer sides — sounds delicious.


Beth Lambert August 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm

This looks so yummy and good. Since I am trying to eat healthier, I am going to make this tonight on my nu-wave grill, since it is raining. But, I don’t have soy sauce, so substituting worcestershire sauce instead. Hoping it still comes out almost as good as everyone elses. Thanks for the recipe Tara!


Tara September 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm

How did it turn out with the worcestershire sauce, Beth?


Tiffany September 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Love this recipe! Just to get even more flavor in the chicken, I poked holes in the chicken about 2 times on each one with a fork before marinating! Lots of flavor!


Tara September 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Great tip — thanks for sharing, Tiffany!


Michelle September 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Although it was good, all we could taste was soy sauce. Not what we were expecting. Didn’t even taste a hint of honey or lime.


Chrissy October 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Instead of lime juice, could you use lemon juice?


Tara October 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Sure, I think lemon juice would be a great substitution!


Claire November 14, 2013 at 5:12 am

Is this using dark soy sauce or light? I only have dark


Tara November 27, 2013 at 11:38 am

Either is fine, but dark is usually what I have on hand.


CLP May 20, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I was sent to this site looking for a marinade to pair with chicken salad. Would this work if the chicken is Baked rather the Grilled? I might not put it in the salad but I am thinking about trying the rice recipe.


Tara May 21, 2014 at 9:34 am

Yes, you can definitely bake them! I think about 15 minutes at 450 degrees should do it if you cut them into chunks and 20 minutes at 450 for whole breasts. Of course, test them to make sure the juices run clear.


Ericca July 11, 2014 at 9:33 am

Thats the same question I was going to ask whether or not In could bake the chicken.


Rita August 7, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I made this this afternoon and it was delicious! I wasn’t able to grill it, so I just sautéed it in some coconut oil, SO yummy. I tried to bake the other half of my batch and I wish I had looked at the comments before I made it, because I put it on for 20 minutes at 450 – 15 minutes would have been perfect, I ended up charring them a bit. Next time I make this (and there WILL be a next time!) I will try baking it for 15 minutes. Thank you for posting this recipe!


Jesalyn August 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

This has become our favorite chicken recipe! It’s so delicious and easy to prepare. I make it every time we have company in town and it always receives rave reviews.


Sarah August 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

This is soo easy to make! love it


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