Chili Lime Chicken


Last Updated on February 12, 2024

Chili lime chicken is a delicious 30-minute meal that packs in heat and zesty flavor all in one. Serve it with some grilled veggies, a fresh salad, and rice for a well-rounded dinner.

Chili Lime Chicken is the perfect 30-minute dinner

I am all about the easy, weeknight recipes that don’t compromise flavor and this chili lime chicken is no exception. Seasoned chicken breast get cooked then topped with a spicy and zesty lime sauce.

The chicken stays juicy and so flavorful, and is so delicious over rice with a side salad. This recipe is the perfect 30-minute dinner to make if you’re looking for new ways to enjoy chicken!

Chili Lime Chicken

Chili Lime Marinade

This marinade comes together so easily, and has a touch of sweetness from the honey. You’ll need just a few simple ingredients like olive oil, fresh lime juice, cilantro and chili flakes.

While I absolutely loved it served over grilled chicken, it would also pair well with salmon, tofu or even veggies.

What you’ll need to make this recipe

  • Chicken breast– I used two large chicken breast that I cut into smaller pieces. You can also prepare this using chicken thighs
  • Spices– the chicken is seasoned in some paprika, cumin, salt & pepper
  • Olive oil– you’ll need olive oil to marinate the chicken and for the chili lime sauce
  • Cilantro– fresh, chopped cilantro is used as the base of the sauce
  • Fresh lime juice– for the perfect zesty flavor
  • Honey– to add a touch of sweetness
  • Garlic– a non-negotiable in sauces and marinades
  • Red pepper flakes and Chili Pepper– for extra heat
Chili Lime Chicken
  1. Start by preparing the chili lime marinade by combining the sauce ingredients together
  2. Season the chicken in your spices, olive oil and a spoonful of the chili lime marinade. You can marinate this for a few hours, or grill the chicken right away
  3. Cook the chicken on a heated skillet for about 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway. Spoon some of the sauce over the chicken while still in the pan
  4. Transfer the chicken to your serving plate and top with the remaining chili lime marinade

How to serve your chicken

I love to keep things simple for dinner and stick to a hearty protein, side of carb and a fun veggie. Here are a few serving suggestions for chili lime chicken:

More easy dinner recipes to you’ll love:

Honey Mustard Salmon Bites and Veggies

Sheet-pan Honey Sriracha Chicken

Chickpea Couscous Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

Chili Lime Chicken

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  • 2 large 2 chicken breast (1-1.2 lbs)

  • 1 tbsp 1 olive oil

  • 1 tbsp 1 chili lime marinade

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 cumin

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 paprika

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 salt

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 black pepper

  • Chili Lime Marinade
  • 1/4 cup 1/4 olive oil

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 cilantro, chopped

  • Juice from 1 lime

  • 1 tbsp 1 honey

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 red chili flakes

  • 1 1 red chili pepper, thinly sliced

  • Pinch salt


  • Prepare the chili lime marinade by combining all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix together well.
  • Slice your chicken breast in half, lengthwise, then cut into smaller pieces. Add the chicken to a large bowl and mix with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp chili lime marinade and the listed spices. Toss to combine. You can marinate the chicken until ready to grill, or cook right away.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat then drizzle lightly with olive oil. Cook the chicken on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes total, flipping halfway through. Near the end of cook time, spoon some of the marinade over the chicken while still in the pan.
  • Transfer the chicken to a plate and top with remaining marinade.

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