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Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

This grilled honey lime chicken recipe is my favorite way to get out of a chicken breast rut! Flavorful and juicy, thanks to a simple 5-ingredient honey lime marinade…

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

Honey Lime Chicken

Yield: 4 chicken breasts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes


  • 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.

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Add a veggie side to this grilled honey lime chicken 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?


Monday 16th of October 2017

A recipe I would make again. Quick, good flavor,and pairs well with multiple sides.

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Tuesday 17th of October 2017

So glad to hear you enjoyed it!


Thursday 14th of August 2014

This is soo easy to make! love it


Friday 8th of August 2014

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.


Thursday 7th of August 2014

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!


Tuesday 20th of May 2014

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 @ Unsophisticook

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

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.

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