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Grilled Chili Lime Chicken is made with tender and juicy grilled chicken with the best chili lime marinade! This is one that your family will love! 

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken on a black plate.

Hey hey it’s Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb here to share one of my very favorite go-to weeknight dinner recipes with you. Grilled chicken is a staple in my house, all year round but especially in the Spring and Summer time, and now that the weather has been warming up, I’ve been using my grill several times a week in celebration.

Simple chili lime marinade in a glass.

This simple chili lime marinade can work its magic in as little as a half hour but if you think ahead, it’s 10 times better if you can let it hang out in the fridge for a few hours. Serve it up with a side salad or your favorite Spring veggies and kick off grilling season with this tasty chili lime grilled chicken!

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken on a black plate.

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Grilled Chili Lime Chicken

4.75 from 12 votes
By: Tiffany
Grilled Chili Lime Chicken is made with tender and juicy grilled chicken with the best chili lime marinade! This is one that your family will love!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people



  • Whisk together vinegar, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Combine with chicken in a zip lock bag, press the excess air out, and seal. Chill for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Use tongs to transfer chicken to the grill, then discard the marinade and bag.
  • Grill for 6-10 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro if desired.



Prep time does not include chilling time.


Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 19gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 686mgPotassium: 278mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 389IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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About Tiffany

Tiffany is an avid cook and photographer who enjoys eating food as much as she does preparing it. She likes to focus on quick, no-fuss meals with lots of big, bold flavors the whole family will love. Putting her own tasty spin on a classic meal or flavor combination is her passion!

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  1. Hi I am about to try this recipe. The video shows that oil is added, however, the recipe itself does not list oil as an ingredient. I am going to add 3 tablespoons of oil and I am hoping this will be good.

  2. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe just now and the chicken is absolutely delicious! I prepared the chicken to use in burrito bowls, with rice, beans, pico – so good. I only marinated for little over an hour but I did slice the breasts in half, so they were thinner. I plan to make this often.

  3. 4 stars
    Made this tonight and it was very tasty! We made x2 but used x3 for the marinade for extra flavor. Marinated it in the fridge for about 6 hours. Tossed on the grill and it was done in no time. Everyone loved it! Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    This marinade is delicious and a favorite. There was a grocery store in Arizona that sold chicken in a marinade that looked very similar so I had to try it. It is exactly as we remembered.
    I added one tablespoon of olive oil and increased the lime juice by one tablespoon. Used chicken thighs with the skin (trimmed a lot off) and marinated for about 5 hours.
    Served it with riced cauliflower seasoned with cilantro and lime.

    So good, thank you.

  5. I made this tonight, and it was soo flavorful. My husband is a very picky eater and he said it was delicious!! Thank you for this great recipe. I will definitely save this one for myself.

  6. I’m making the chilie lime chicken recipe w dark chicken cutlets. And the marinade seems too pasty. Am I missing an ingredient… olive oil?? Marinade should be more liquidity I think.