Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken

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This Honey Lime Chicken is perfectly grilled tender and juicy meat. Marinated in a honey lime cilantro marinade, the flavor of this chicken is incredible!

Fresh and zippy this chicken is dynamite. Make it a scrumptious meal and serve it with Asparagus, Pineapple, and Potatoes.

A plate of grilled honey lime cilantro chicken garnished with cilantro and limes.

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

Honey + Lime + Cilantro = one of my favorite flavor combinations. Something about the sweet honey and tangy lime plus the cilantro infuse this chicken with such amazing flavor. I love cilantro! It is one of my favorite herbs to cook and garnish with. Definitely grill it up this summer with your family! You will not regret it!

This marinade comes together quickly and I love to marinade for a few hours so the chicken can soak up the delicious flavor. I am seriously all about the quick and easy BBQ dishes lately. Since the weeks are starting to get so busy and school is almost over this chicken was a delicious meal that my entire family loved. After a busy day, we love to just spend time in the backyard while we BBQ. I always call a meal a success when the entire family including the picky eater devours it. We all loved this chicken so much and the flavor is awesome!

Ingredients For Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken

Just a handful of ingredients is all you need to make a dish that is going to sizzle, literally! This honey lime chicken has all the flavor! For all the ingredient amounts scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts, or thighs: I have used both with great success
  • Lime juice: Freshly squeezed is the best.
  • Honey: Sweet honey compliments the lime beautifully.
  • Soy Sauce: Adds a bit of umami flavor that is impeccable.
  • Olive oil: To help the chicken cook up nicely and give a bit of flavor.
  • Garlic cloves: minced
  • Cilantro finely chopped: Adds so much freshness and color.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste.

Let’s Grill Some Chicken!

From beginning to end, this is an easy full of flavor chicken the whole family will love! Grilled chicken is a favorite in our home and this recipe is so quick and easy to make!

  1. The Marinade: In a small bowl combine lime juice, honey, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  2. Let it all soak in: Pour the sauce over the chicken and let marinate for 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Grill each side of the chicken for about 3-4 minutes or until cooked throughout and no longer pink.
A bowl with marinade all mixed together with a whisk.

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.
chicken marinating in the bowl of seasonings.

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.

Grilled honey lime chicken ready to serve.

Tips For Grilling Chicken

Grilling can seem intimidating, especially with chicken, but there are just a few things to keep in mind and get right every time. Take your grilled chicken to the next level with these tips to help you out this summer!

  • Prep: Preparing the grill is just as important as the marinade. Clean the grill and oil it before adding the chicken. I first clean the grill with a grill brush to get the gunk from the last grill off. Then, using tongs to hold a wad of paper towels folded into a nice square, and dipped in a high smoke oil, grease the grill.
  • Chicken: If you want even a better chance of getting juicy, moist chicken, choose chicken with the skin on as well as bone-in.
  • First Sear: Heat the grill with one side on high and the other side on medium-high heat. First, sear the chicken on the high heat side of the grill. Leave it on the high heat side till char marks form.
  • Then Low and Slow: Once you have that nice charred grill line, flip the chicken over and onto the lower heat. Keep the grill closed to reduce drying out and grill without turning over again till desired internal temperature has been reached. The total cook time will be around 25- 30 minutes roughly.
  • When to Take it Off: When chicken is removed from the grill and rested it will continue to cook inside. You can safely take your chicken off once the internal temperature reaches anywhere from 155-157. As it rests it will reach internally to 160 degrees.
The grilled honey lime cilantro chicken on a white platter.

Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken

5 from 3 votes
Perfectly grilled tender and juicy chicken marinated in a honey lime cilantro marinade. The flavor of this chicken is incredible!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, or thighs
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a small bowl combine lime juice, honey, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken and let marinade for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Grill each side of the chicken for about 3-4 minutes or until cooked throughout and no longer pink.


Updated on May 27, 2021
Originally Posted on May 12, 2016


Serves: 6

Calories314kcal (16%)Carbohydrates25g (8%)Protein35g (70%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol95mg (32%)Sodium605mg (25%)Potassium612mg (17%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar23g (26%)Vitamin A90IU (2%)Vitamin C4mg (5%)Calcium11mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Drinks, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled chicken, grilled honey lime chicken, honey lime chicken
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. I’m going to try this soon. We have a Staub stovetop grill pan that should keep me from having to wait until summer. I did some flanked-cut ribs on it–grill marks and everything. The trick is to let it get hot and have olive oil over it all. The trick is to use a silicon barbecue/pastry brush to make sure EVERY inch has oil on it, in all the nooks.

  1. Didn’t have cilantro on hand, but made it anyway and the flavor was amazing! Great recipe and definitely bookmarking for future use 🙂

  2. It was a quick and easy meal! Hubby and I also made the Thai Barbeque Chicken:

    I used bone-in, skin on thighs and they turned out quite juicy.

    They were not as dark as yours. I used a Japanese soy sauce, maybe I should have used a dark soy sauce?

    I also found the flavour a bit light. They were only marinated for 3 hours, but maybe it would have a stronger flavour if I left them overnight.

    All in all a solid recipe I’m happy to make again.


  3. Tried this last night and it turned out really well! We added the zest of two limes in the marinade and it really made the flavour stand out! Also threw in a bit of spicy chili oil to offset the sweetness – SO GOOD!

  4. I tried this recipe for dinner the other day and it was a big hit! I am a vegetarian but my husband and daughter are not, so I used chicken for theirs and organic extra-firm tofu for mine and it worked out perfectly! I will definitely be making this again.

    1. WOW! That is awesome! Thank you for sharing!! I am so glad you loved it and you were able to adapt it to your liking!! Thank you for sharing!!

  5. Made this last night and it was fabulous! Next time will marinate overnight for even more flavor. I will also try it adding some heat with some crushed red pepper or sambal oelek chili paste.

  6. I forgot to make a comment on this last year. This is by far my favorite summer chicken dish. It is absolutely amazing how all of the flavors come out so perfectly. Can not wait to make this again this week!

  7. Life changing grilled chicken!!! Only thing I altered was to add a sliced jalapeño for some heat and I reserved a little marinade to brush on the chicken while it cooked. I served it with cucumber salad and grilled balsamic glazed carrots. It’s our new favorite! Thanks!

  8. Holy cow! Looks delicious! Currently waiting for it to be marinated now! And cooking it today! Thanks for the idea! Definitely following!

  9. 5 stars
    I tried this and loved it with both bone in with skin and also boneless skinless chicken thighs…I’m not one who needs to count calories so you can guess witch one I preferred. To each own. Try and do the same and see who likes which. Good eatn.

  10. 5 stars
    Outstanding recipe. I served the chicken over jasmine rice then topped with mango salsa. Super delicious. Just the right amount of sweet and savory.

  11. 5 stars
    This dish was excellent! I didn’t add the wine, just more chicken broth and mixed some fresh chopped parsley with the cilantro. I also made the Greek Lemon Rice but switched out the lemon juice for lime juice! Really outstanding! Big winner dinner at my house. Will be making this again. Thanks for your wonderful, flavorful recipes!

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