Honey Lime Chicken
Chicken is our favorite protein; I make chicken many times a week so I am constantly developing new recipes. Two ingredients that I love most are honey and lime.
This honey lime chicken is inspired by a recipe on Eating Well, but I simplified the recipe to make it easier for you. The recipe takes only 20 minutes to make!
Moist, Juicy and Tender Chicken
This honey lime chicken recipe turned out to be a perfect 10. It’s absolutely moist, juicy, tender and utterly delicious. The honey, lime, soy sauce and garlic marinade do wonders to the chicken.
The end result is sticky sweet, savory and citrusy chicken that you will be begging for more.
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Bone-in Chicken Vs. Boneless Chicken
As usual, my favorite is boneless chicken thigh (check out how to debone chicken thighs video).
You have the glossy, lacquered, perfectly charred and baked chicken skin, with the meat bursting with the chicken juice. You can also make the chicken with bone-in chicken thighs.
Whichever part of chicken you use, you can make this dish all year long: bake in the oven, outdoor on the grill, or just cook on skillet or cast-iron pan.
Skillet or Oven-baked?
This recipe is absolutely versatile; you can choose to bake the chicken in the oven, or you can just cook it on the stove-top. I personally love oven-baked because I love crispy and charred skin, like the pictures here.
However, skillet is an easy way to cook and you don’t want to wait that long to savor this delicious chicken.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 360 calories per serving.
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Honey Lime Chicken
- 1 lb. chicken thighs, deboned, skin-on
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1.5 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 dashes cayenne pepper
- 1 big pinch salt
- chopped parsley
- lime wedges
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (207°C).
- To debone the chicken thighs but keep the skin on, please refer to the step-by-step instructions. The skin makes this recipe extremely delicious.
- Rub the minced garlic on the chicken thighs with your hands. Add honey, soy sauce, lime juice, cayenne pepper and salt to the chicken. (Double the marinade if you want it to be more "saucy"). Stir to combine well. Transfer the chicken and the honey mixture to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Cover the chicken with aluminum foil to prevent burning.
- Bake the chicken for 20 minutes, or until cooked. If the sauce pools at the bottom of the foil, spoon and brush the sauce over the chicken. Broil the chicken for 1 minute or until the chicken skin is charred. Remove from heat, garnish with parsley. Squeeze the lime wedges over the chicken before serving.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
So delicious! Will make it again.
I doubled the marinade ingredients, quartered the bone-in thighs, and followed the 20 minute roasting with a few minutes of broiling until nicely browned. And yet, the flavors did not come through as expected, although the texture and appearance was great. Perhaps a pinch of cayenne is not enough. And it may also need additional garlic, honey and soy sauce. I will be experimenting more next time.
Nice, easy recipe. Thanks!
This chicken looks very wet and delicious! Thank you
Love that this is so simple and quick to make. A new family favorite!
Very easy to cook and it’s really lovely. the flavours compliment each other perfectly and the recipe was easy to follow.
thank you so much,
Delicious recipe my whole family loved it. How do you get your chicken to be so perfect? That is how do you cut the chicken with the skin on without the skin falling off? Your cut chicken looks perfect is there a trick? Thank you or is a trick photography
Johanna sharp knife and knife skills. :)
I was looking for something a little different and had some limes that needed to be used. Today was a grilling day and the last comment that “on the grill works too” sealed the deal”. I marinated the chicken thighs in the mixture (zested the garlic to add to the mix) for 20 minutes or so. Direct heat on each side for 5 minutes then indirect heat until done (you know when its done if you grill a lot) REALLY GOOD!!!!! Full flavor, but not an overkill. Simple to make and I’m thinking the next time guests are here.. this will be my grilled chicken recipe. Thanks!!
Thanks for sharing this! It was crazy delicious!!
Just a few questions to clarify. When baking the chicken thighs, how should we cover them with aluminum foil: do we loosely cover or cover to seal?
After baking for 20 minutes, do we remove the aluminum cover or not?
Yes cover loosely. Yes, remove the aluminum cover before serving.
Cook the chicken for 5 minutes less then finish it off in a High Sear with a teaspoon of olive oil to get that nice colored finished.