This quick and easy recipe Honey Lime Chicken is full of flavor and can be used in so many ways. We love to make tacos out of it, serve it with rice or make a chicken sandwich with it.
Easy Dinner Idea
This recipe is the one you pull out when you’re feeling uninspired and having one of those “I don’t know what to fix for dinner” days. Two things I always have on hand are chicken and rice. Chicken and rice is a great go to for those uninspired days. But just plain old chicken and rice can get boring so today’s recipe is a quick and easy dress up for that good old stand by using things you most likely already have on hand.
How to Make Honey Lime Chicken
- Marinade – The recipe uses a fresh squeezed lime juice. I try to always have some type of citrus such as orange, lemon or limes on hand. Although this recipe calls for lime I think it would work great with orange or lemon too. If you don’t have any fresh juice on hand that bottle of lemon or lime juice in the refrigerator works in a pinch! A quick marinade of olive oil, lime juice, honey and some seasonings and you’ve got dinner. It’s great if you can marinate it overnight but if you only have 30-60 minutes that will work too and you will still have great flavor. I just add the chicken and all the ingredients into a zippered plastic bag and smash it all together to get the chicken nice and coated with the marinade. Refrigerate for 60 minutes to overnight.
How to Get Tender Chicken?
- Grill – I like to grill the chicken but you can also bake it in the oven or cook it in a pan on top of the stove. Chicken is cooked when it reaches 165 degrees F but I usually pull mine off at about 155-160 F and let it sit for a few minutes. It makes for more tender and juicer chicken. It is really easy to overcook chicken which dries it out and makes it tough. Don’t be afraid to undercook it by 5-10 degrees and then allow it to rest for 3-4 minutes to come up to temperature.
After it is cooked I like to slice it, put it on the serving plate and then drizzle a little more honey over the top for an extra touch of sweetness.
Bone-In vs Boneless Chicken
For grilling I always prefer boneless, skinless chicken. I usually use chicken breast for this recipe but it would be delicious with boneless, skinless chicken thighs also. If you are baking it in the oven you can also use chicken with the bone in if you prefer.
What do you serve with Honey Lime Chicken?
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Honey Lime Chicken
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice about 2 limes Or substitute lemon or orange juice.
- zest of one lime
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- In a large plastic bag combine all the ingredients except for the chicken.
- Mix ingredients together
- Add chicken to bag and turn to coat. Seal and refrigerate overnight or for a few hours.
- Chicken can be grilled indoors or outdoors on medium high heat. Grill on each side until juices run clear.
- Serve with rice and a garnish of pepitas if desired.