Chicken With Lime Marinade


Chicken with lime marinade is a budget-friendly rump roast dish perfect for any occasion. You can serve it as a main meal or to your heavy appetizers. How did I come up with the marinade? Feeding a crowd can be expensive, especially when you’re on a budget. I found another way to cut costs and yet still give my family a delightful dinner. I love bbqs and barbecuing is one of my most

favorite things to do with family and friends. I always make sure that I have a great selection of food. I like trying new things so this time, I decided to try Lime Chicken Recipe. It was very easy to make and the meat was tender and juicy. My entire family loved it. This recipe is really easy and can be made with canned chicken. I added a little bit of soy sauce which gives it some extra flavor. It’s

also great with rice, as a sub for pasta or even as a wrap with your favorite tortillas. Lime has a lot of health benefits to offer. Lime has been used for thousands of years across the world. Its juice, pulp and peel are used in drinks, desserts, salads and syrups. You will find a lot of benefits of lime in this article. Some benefits are that the juice helps relieve inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis. The fruit is also known to be antioxidant and it is rich in vitamin C and other nutrients.

Chicken With Lime Marinade

Chicken with lime marinade is easy to make and always tastes great! We’ve used this on chicken breasts, thighs, drumsticks and even fish fillets. I wouldn’t recommend cooking the fish with this marinade on a BBQ because the smoke flavor would over power the lime, but it takes a bit of trial and error to find out what works best for you. This is my go-to recipe for chicken marinade that I use at home. It’s so easy and flavorful, I can’t believe it only requires 3 ingredients!

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken! Marinate skinless boneless chicken breasts in lime juice and cilantro marinade and then quickly grill to perfection. So easy!

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken on plate

Hello summer and cooking chicken on a grill! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I struggle with grilling chicken breasts.

The meat can very easily end up charred and dry on the outside or ends, while still raw on the inside. What we’ve done here helps result in juicy chicken breasts, with nice grill marks to boot.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Tips for Grilling Chicken Breasts

  • Pound to even thickness: Pounding the boneless, skinless breasts to an even thickness will help the meat cook more evenly, so you don’t have the extremes of raw and dry.
  • Marinate: Marinate the chicken in an acidic marinade made with lime juice. It’s almost like using buttermilk, but lime flavored. The acid helps tenderize the meat for grilling.
  • Work with chilled meat: Since the chicken breasts have been formed into rather thin cutlets, take them directly from the refrigerator to the grill. That way, they don’t overcook in the time it takes to get nice grill marks on them.

Don’t Like Cilantro?

Cilantro lime chicken is a classic Southwestern favorite. Not everyone likes cilantro though, so if that’s you, change it up a bit and try adding grated fresh ginger to the marinade instead. Or maybe some minced garlic and chopped parsley or arugula. Enjoy!

What to Serve With Cilantro Lime Chicken

Try serving this chicken topped with sliced avocado and with a side of refried black beans, cilantro lime rice, or this Mexican quinoa salad. Any of these would be a great compliment to the flavors in the chicken.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken on plate
  • PREP TIME 5 mins
  • COOK TIME 10 mins
  • MARINATING 30 mins
  • TOTAL TIME 45 mins
  • SERVINGS 4 to 6 servings

The lime is the predominant flavor in this chicken recipe. We’ve paired it with cilantro. You could also try it with chopped arugula instead, or minced ginger, some garlic, or mint.

We pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness and then chill them before grilling. Chilled, even-thickness chicken breasts will be less likely to overcook in the time it takes to get grill marks.


  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil for the marinade, plus more for grilling
  • Grated zest from 2 limes
  • Juice from 2 limes (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Lime wedges, fresh sprigs of cilantro, and slices of avocado, optional for serving


  1. Pound chicken breasts to even thickness:Place the chicken breasts between two piece of plastic wrap or wax paper and pound to an even thickness with a meat mallet or rolling pin.chicken being pounded down
  2. Marinate the chicken:Mix the olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, sugar, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Add the chicken and massage the marinade into the chicken. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes, and up to 4 hours or overnight.bowl of cilantro lime chicken marinade chicken breasts coated in cilantro and lime in bowl
  3. Preheat Grill:Preheat a gas or charcoal grill for medium-high heat grilling, or until you can hold your hand about an inch over the grates for 1 second.
  4. Grill the chicken:Remove the chicken breasts from the refrigerator. Remove them from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels. Coat the chicken breasts with some olive oil.Soak a paper towel in a little more oil and use tongs to wipe the grill grates.When the grill is hot, place the chicken breasts on the grill. Grill for a few minutes on each side, until just cooked through.

Tips for the Best Chicken with Honey Lime Cilantro Marinade

You will love this easy dynamite grilled chicken! Honey and lime mixed together is the perfect combination! Then top it off with cilantro and you have a dynamic duo. With these quick tips you will be grilling the perfect chicken every time.

  • Chicken: It all starts with the chicken. For grilling, I highly recommend using chicken thighs with bone-in if you can. They will be the juiciest. If you use chicken breasts, pound them so they are the same thickness. They will cook more evenly.
  • Marinate: The lime and soy sauce will act like an acid breaking down the chicken fibers and helping them absorb the flavor and moisture. This will help the chicken not only taste amazing but help keep it tender and moist.
  • Spicy: If you need a bit more spice you can add some jalapeno juice or chopped-up jalapeno peppers.
  • Internal Temp: The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 160 degrees for safety. Check out my other tips for how to get it cooked done, but not overdone.
  • Let it Rest: Tent the chicken for 5-10 minutes to let the juices redistribute throughout the meat. This leaves more juice inside the chicken and less on your plate.
  • Drizzle: Reserve ¼ of a cup of the marinade before adding the chicken to marinate. When the chicken is done grilling drizzle the extra marinade over the top. DO NOT use the marinade the raw chicken had been sitting in.

What to Serve with this Incredible Chicken

The freshness from the lime and cilantro create a light zippy dish, that is perfect for a busy weekday or lazy weekend. The chicken is full of flavor and tender and juicy. This is perfect as a stand-alone main dish or cut it up and serve it over a salad.  You can also use this honey lime cilantro chicken in tacos, rice bowls, or even make a sandwich that will sure to please. However, you serve it here are some sides to compliment your dish.

Lime Chicken Recipe

I’m going to share a quick and easy Lime Chicken recipe I recently found in my travel magazine and fell in love with. I hope you do too! In recent years, chicken has become one of the most popular and widely eaten meats. It is estimated that an average American eats nearly 60 pounds of chicken each year. Lime chicken adds a little tang along with some great flavor to your next dinner. While lime chicken can be prepared on the grill as well, this recipe is for those who prefer to make it indoors in the oven. Enjoy!

Lime Chicken infused with garlicky, savoury lime flavours! The trick to getting depth of flavour in a simple lime marinade is to use soy sauce for saltiness, plus a touch of sugar for great caramelisation.

Fabulous for a quick midweek meal and ESPECIALLY great for the BBQ! Bonus: super healthy at less than 300 calories for a whole chicken breast.

Close up of Lime Chicken on a plate, garnished with cilantro/coriander, chilli and fresh lime slices

Lime Chicken

If you love lime flavour – and I’m yet to meet anyone who doesn’t – this Lime Chicken has your name written all over it.

It’s juicy. It’s caramelised. And it truly tastes of lime. (gasp shock horror!)

(PS The key is to use lime ZEST. That’s where most of the lime flavour is )

Grill it. Pan fry it. You can even BAKE it!

And it’s HEALTHY, clocking in at under 300 calories per serving!

Cilantro Lime Chicken being grilled on the BBQ

Lime Marinade for Chicken

The trick with fresh citrus based marinades is getting depth of flavour into it. If you just use lime juice, salt and garlic, the flavour is quite flat and the chicken – especially if using chicken breast – will lack something (because breast has virtually no fat, and fat = flavour).

So I add a bit of sugar and olive oil (so the chicken caramelises when cooked), use soy or fish sauce for the salt (adds complexity but doesn’t taste fishy OR Asiany!) and throw in chopped cilantro / coriander for another layer of flavour!

Ingredients in Lime Marinade for Chicken

Actually, this marinade is based on Vietnamese marinades, like the one I use in my Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Bowl and Vietnamese LemongrassPork Cutlet. The Vietnamese know their marinades, that’s for sure!!

But this one doesn’t taste Asian. 

Lime Marinade for Chicken
Close up photo showing juicy inside of Lime Marinated Chicken

How long to marinade chicken

  • For this Lime Marinade, chicken is best marinated for 12 to 24 hours. It will make the outside a touch white because the amount of lime juice in this marinade “cooks” the chicken a bit (think ceviche).
  • But it doesn’t take it so far that the chicken starts to break down so don’t be alarmed. In fact, this marinade is fine for 48 hours, though I wouldn’t take it further than that.

TIP: I like to prepare freezer bags of the chicken in marinade then immediately pop it in the freezer. Then the night before, put it in the fridge and let it defrost for 24 hours, during which time it will marinate.

How to make Lime Chicken
Cilantro Lime Chicken on a plate with a side of coconut lime rice and a garden salad

What to serve with Lime Chicken

The Lime Marinade makes the chicken juicy on the inside and injects with flavour so you won’t need a sauce with it. And after resting the chicken for a few minutes before serving it, some of those juices will sweat to the surface, like you see below.

As for what to serve on the side, here are a few suggestions!

  • Lime Coconut Rice (pictured below) – lime overload?? Nope! Lime tastes different when cooked with the chicken vs in a coconut rice. 
  • Keeping with the healthy theme, serve this with Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
  • Mushroom Rice – because this goes with everything!
  • Lemon Potato Salad (bright lemon flavours!) – or everybody’s favourite creamy Bacon Potato Salad
  • Sweet/savoury Fondant Sweet Potato for contrast against the citrusy chicken
  • Super Quick Couscous Salad – great emergency side with leftovers for lunch!
  • Leafy greens with French Dressing or Balsamic Dressing
  • Warm crusty rolls slathered with butter, Garlic Bread or Quick Cheesy Garlic Bread

Health Benefits Of lime

Are you interested in the health benefits of lime? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. We will discuss in detail about the health benefits of lime, its other names, and also its uses in food recipes. Lime contains essential nutrients that provide a rich source of antioxidant properties. This nutrient is high in fiber, which helps digestion and keeps your body healthy due to smooth bowel movements.

Health Benefits of Lime

The health benefits of lime water include weight loss, improved digestion, reduced respiratory and urinary disorders, relief from constipation, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, gout, and gums. It also aids in skincare and eye care.

You may think limes are not that impressive unless they are garnishing your favorite drink. Or you are vacationing where cocktails such as margaritas, mojitos are mixed at 8:00 am. Well, we want you to think again! There are many health benefits to lime water other than drowning your sorrows in Key Largo!

The pericarp may be described in lime, bearing the scientific name Citrus aurantifolia, which has been well known for its medicinal properties and uses in the treatment of various ailments for ages. Due to its unique flavor, lime fruit is widely consumed all over the world and has multiple culinary and non-culinary uses. It is also used in the preparation of various cosmetics, health products. Extracted from the lime peel or skin, and lime essential oil is extensively used in aromatherapy and perfumes.

Lime Nutrition Facts

Lime consists of water and is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is also rich in dietary fiber and minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium, and phosphorous. Limes also contains Thiamin and Riboflavin.

The best thing about lime is that it has the least amount of calories, carbohydrates, and fats. Moreover, lime peel and pulp are also rich in diverse phytochemicals like polyphenols and terpenes.

Limes Nutritions

A medium-sized (67g) lime contains 19.5mg of Vitamin-C providing 22% of your daily need.

Health Benefits Of Lime & Lime Water

Everyone knows that limes are an excellent source of vitamin C and can keep those scurvy pirates away, but did you know all the other health benefits of limes? Limes can do a lot more for our skin and overall health than just adding a refreshing zest to any drink, cleansing our body, and boosting immunity. Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits lime and lime water offer.

1. Manages Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, limes and other citrus fruits are considered a superfood for diabetes for many reasons. Mainly, high levels of soluble fiber found in limes make it ideal for dietary support to help regulate the body’s absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, reducing the occurrence of blood sugar spikes that are a severe risk to diabetic patients. Also, lime and other citrus fruits have a low glycemic index, which means they will not cause an unexpected spike in glucose levels.

2. Prevents Heart Diseases

That same soluble fiber which can help people with diabetes maintain their blood sugar levels can also lower blood pressure and eliminate the presence of LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”). Soluble fiber can cut down on inflammation of the blood vessels. It is a known preventative measure against heart diseases, heart attacks, and strokes.

3. Treats Respiratory Disorders

The flavonoid-rich oil extracted from limes is extensively used in anti-congestive medicines such as balms, vaporizers, and inhalers due to the presence of kaempferol. Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives immediate relief from congestion and nausea.

4. Lime Juice Rejuvenates Skin

Lime juice can be consumed orally and used in topical applications. It rejuvenates the skin and protects it from infections. It also helps reduce body odor due to the presence of high amounts of vitamin C and flavonoids in it. Both lime juice and lime essential oil are high in antioxidants and have antibiotic and disinfectant properties.

Also, lime juice is a great cleansing agent. It can efficiently increase the cleansing properties of any facial cleanser or shampoo by merely adding 2-3 drops of it.

When applied externally to the skin its acids scrub out dead cells and cure dandruff, rashes, and bruises. It can also be used to create a refreshing bathing experience if its juice or oil is mixed in your bath.

5. Aids in Digestion

Lime has an irresistible aroma which causes your mouth to water, and this primarily aids digestion (the digestive saliva floods your mouth even before you taste it). The natural acidity of lime does the rest.

While they break down the macromolecules of the food, the flavonoids, the compounds found in the fragrant oils extracted from lime, stimulate the digestive system and increase secretion of digestive juices, bile, and acids. This flood of flavonoids also encourages peristaltic motion. Eating lime pickles is the reason behind consumed along with lunch and dinner in India and various neighboring countries.

6. Lime Water Promotes Weight Loss

A glass of warm water with a full lime’s worth of juice is an excellent weight reducer as well as a brilliant refresher and antioxidant drink. The citric acid present in lime is an excellent fat burner. You can consume two glasses of warm water with lime juice a day and see remarkable results within a week.

7. Relieves Constipation

Primarily, the ample amount of acid present in lime helps clear the excretory system by washing and cleaning the tracts, just as some acids are used to clean floors and toilets. The roughage in lime is also helpful in easing constipation. An overdose of lime juice with salt also acts as an excellent purgative without any side effects, thereby relieving constipation.

8. Cures Fever

If someone is suffering from a fever, limes or lime juice can be of great importance. Citrus fruits, in general, have fever-reducing qualities because vitamin C found in high concentrations in them, which naturally lowers the temperature of the body.

9. Protects Eye

Vitamin-C again! Its antioxidant properties protect eyes from aging and macular degeneration. On top of that, flavonoids help protect them from infections.

Health Benefits of Lime

10. Heals Peptic Ulcer

In addition to vitamin C, lime contains particular compounds called flavonoids (limonoids such as limonin glucoside) which have antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, antibiotic, and detoxifying properties that stimulate the healing process of peptic and oral ulcers.

Why You Should Drink Lime Water in the Morning

Plain water is boring. When you get up in the morning and want something to drink — maybe you’re trying to get off caffeine so coffee and tea aren’t options — water just does not seem appetizing. Replacing a morning beverage with something sweet, like orange juice, is hardly a healthy substitute, so you’re out of luck.

This is where Mother Nature can offer some help to kickstart your mornings, re-ignite your afternoons, and soothe your evenings. Adding a few slices of lime and cucumber or pouring a few drops of freshly squeezed lime juice to your water can seriously enhance your experience of regular old boring water. Like the lemon water — the high achieving older sibling of all citrus fruits — the lime water has a lot of health benefits to offer.

It’s Nutritious

The best thing for water is a great water filter. The second best thing for your water is a way to nutritionally enhance it. Limes do just that. Through providing a natural source of vitamin C, to all-important trace minerals (zinc, potassium, magnesium, and calcium for starters) that help regulate various systems in your body, to the vital citric acid for digestion and metabolism, and to even assisting in reducing inflammation, limes have a lot to offer in the way of health. Your body needs and wants the health benefits that lime offers, so give your body a little love and throw in limes!

It’s Fun

For starters, it’s simply more fun to add some color and zest to your water. Changing up even the small things in your daily life goes a long way to give you an upper hand in growing and maintaining healthy habits.

Whether it be bringing an exercise ball to the office, playing some hoop during your lunch break, or adding some lime to your water, giving a little variety to your day helps you get the most out of every minute. Fun is an underrated factor in health and deserves some more respect. Allow yourself some variety, spice up the mundane thing, and watch it transform you!

It’s Refreshing

Look, life is hard and days are long.  We all need refreshment and regeneration —  it’s why we sleep on comfy mattresses, eat out at nice restaurants, and plan last-minute get-away vacations.

Lime water is not the solution to all of your problems, but it will help to rejuvenate and restore your energy so that you can feel renewed. Even one sip of a cool citrus drink will help animate a dull moment. Better yet, citrus is the kick in the pants that says: you can do it! Thankfully, in the case of the lime, it’s not just talking.

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