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 Marinadee

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 at 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 this 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

  • Love honey chicken and this looks amazing, Tara. I'm craving this for lunch!

  • Very simple, and looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe, I'm trying it tonight !

  • That looks SOOOOOO good! I can almost taste it. And I really want to taste it right now!! Better hit the store. :)

  • I love honey lime chicken! This sounds so easy!

  • That is one gorgeous chicken dish.

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

  • This looks so good! We use our grill year round too!

  • Love these flavors, this would be perfect for weeknights!

  • Kat

    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?

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • Another great chicken recipe to add to our family repertoire!

  • oh my gosh, this looks so yummy! what kind of rice did you serve with it? cilantro lime?

    • 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

    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.

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

  • 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!

  • Tiffany

    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!

  • Michelle

    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

    Instead of lime juice, could you use lemon juice?

  • Claire

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

  • CLP

    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.

    • 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.

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

  • Rita

    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

    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

    This is soo easy to make! love it

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