Recent and flavorful marinated honey lime rooster. The rooster is marinated in a mixture of contemporary lime, contemporary orange, olive oil, honey, and spices infusing it with unimaginable taste.

Whereas this grilled honey lime rooster can stand by itself, we find it irresistible in bowl type with cilantro-lime quinoa, veggies, and the very best creamy cilantro sauce.

Overhead image of the honey lime chicken in a bowl with quinoa, tomatoes, avocados, and black beans

Honey lime rooster

This honey lime rooster marinade is considered one of my household’s favorites! Not solely is it tasty it’s additionally made with wholesome elements and combines all of the elements of an amazing rooster marinade.

An ideal marinade for rooster ensures the rooster will probably be flavorful AND succulent. So marinades ought to all the time mix an acid (resembling vinegar or lime juice), fats, and sweetness. Salt, herbs, and spices are additionally necessary contributing elements to the top taste of marinated rooster.

This honey lime rooster marinade comes with all of that: we’ve acquired lime juice for the acid, olive oil because the fats (wholesome fats!), and honey for (pure) sweetness. We’ve acquired salt, cumin, and garlic for additional taste enhancers. 

One other necessary contributing issue to flavorful rooster is basting the rooster because it grills. So we’ll take away a number of the marinade earlier than including the uncooked rooster into the remainder of the marinade. The reserved marinade will get brushed (basted) over the rooster because it cooks additional bettering the flavour and juiciness.

Process shot-- Image of the chicken marinade with chicken in it

Cooking Suggestions

  • Make sure that to slice the rooster in half, or pound them into an excellent thickness earlier than marinating. This enables the rooster to take in extra taste from the marinade (which improves the style), and the even thickness will enable them to grill evenly.
  • If grilling, generously oil your grill grates. I do that by rolling up just a few paper towels, drenching them in oil (use any excessive warmth oil resembling vegetable or canola), and utilizing tongs, rub the drenched paper towels alongside the grill grates. Doing this may contribute to a stunning sear, and make sure the rooster doesn’t keep on with the grates.
  • If grilling, absolutely preheat your grill. I do know it’s exhausting to attend, however including meat to a completely preheated grill will sear the floor of the meat which provides you with a juicier rooster. It additionally permits the rooster to get an amazing char.
  • As soon as it’s completed, let the cooked rooster relaxation, tented with foil, for 5-10 minutes earlier than chopping in!

Process shot-- Image of the cilantro lime dressing that goes with this honey lime chicken

Pair honey lime rooster with

Like I discussed, this rooster IS scrumptious by itself, however with just a few nice sides, you’ll be obsessed with this meal. Our favourite is a cilantro lime quinoa base. In the event you aren’t a fan of quinoa, substitute it with white or brown rice. Couscous is one other nice possibility. In the event you aren’t accustomed to cooking quinoa be sure you take a look at the information I wrote: how to cook quinoa.

With the flavored quinoa as the bottom and rooster on prime, be at liberty so as to add your favourite veggies. We love a ripe, creamy avocado and crisp cherry tomatoes as sides for the rooster. Black beans are additionally a pleasant taste add and protein booster.

To tie all the pieces collectively, I like including a creamy cilantro lime sauce. This sauce is mega widespread on my website (it debuted with these well-known shrimp tacos) and it’s the right complement to the flavors of the honey lime rooster. Serve your loaded bowls with some contemporary lime and be ready so as to add this meal to your dinner rotation 😉 

Overhead image of the cilantro lime chicken in a bowl with sauce over it ready to eat

Alternate cooking strategies

Cooking instances will fluctuate relying on a number of elements so I all the time suggest utilizing a thermometer to check your rooster because it cooks. Goal to hit 160 to 165 levels Fahrenheit. (Undercooked = unsafe; Overcooked = dry rooster) (If the rooster is at 160 levels, carryover warmth will deliver it to the protected temperature of 165 levels)

  • Baked Honey Lime Hen: Preheat oven to 425 levels F.  Place marinated rooster (discard remaining marinade) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for roughly 18 minutes, flipping and basting the rooster with reserved marinade midway by means of. Take away from the oven, and loosely cowl sheet pan with foil.  Let the rooster relaxation for 5-10 minutes.
  • Skillet Honey Lime Hen: Warmth 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high warmth.  Add marinated rooster (discard remaining marinade) and cook dinner for 4-6 minutes per facet till the rooster is cooked by means of and the juices run clear. As you saute the rooster, brush it generously with the reserved marinade. Switch the rooster to a clear plate, and loosely cowl with foil. Let the rooster relaxation for 5-10 minutes.
  • Honey Lime Hen Skewers: lower the rooster into giant chunks (2 inches) and skewer on (soaked and drained) wooden skewers. Add your favourite veggies, our favorites are candy bell peppers, onions, zucchini, and pineapple. Prepare dinner over medium excessive warmth. Grill rooster kabobs till cooked by means of (165 levels F) about 6 to eight minutes, turning as soon as. Timing will rely on the dimensions of rooster and precise grill temperature.
  • Honey Lime Hen within the Sluggish Cooker: I like to recommend this recipe from Carlsbad Cravings
  • Honey Lime Hen Tacos: chop the marinated and grilled rooster and add to a tortilla with thinly sliced avocados, lettuce, and the cilantro sauce within the recipe!

Extra scrumptious rooster dinners:

Honey Lime Hen

Recent and flavorful marinated honey lime rooster. The rooster is marinated in a mixture of contemporary lime, contemporary orange, olive oil, honey, and spices infusing it with unimaginable taste.





Key phrase:

honey lime rooster

Servings: 4 servings

Energy: 207 kcal



  • 3/4
    freshly squeezed orange juice
    (~1 to 2 giant juicy oranges)
  • half
    olive oil
  • 1/4
    freshly squeezed lime juice
    (~2 juicy limes)
  • 1/4
    lime zest
  • 2 and half
    low sodium soy sauce
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
    minced garlic
  • 1 and half
    boneless skinless rooster breasts (or thighs)
  • Salt and pepper

Cilantro-Lime Quinoa

  • 2
    rooster broth
  • 1
  • half
    minced garlic
  • 2
    freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4
    finely chopped

OPTIONAL Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • 1
    giant (or 2 small)
    juiced and zested (Three tablespoons juice + half teaspoon zest)
  • 1-2
    garlic add to desired choice,
  • half
    of 1 giant bunch
  • half
    (or 1 full jalapeno for a spicier dressing)
  • half
    common full fats mayo
  • half
    bitter cream
    I take advantage of fat-free

Different (Elective) Additions

  • Halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced or chopped avocado, further lime wedges, further chopped cilantro, heated (drained and rinsed) canned black beans, queso cotija cheese mix


  1. CHICKEN MARINADE: in a bowl, whisk collectively orange juice, olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, soy sauce, honey, cumin, and minced garlic. Take away 1/Three cup of the marinade (put in an hermetic container within the fridge for later). 

  2. CHICKEN MARINADE CONT: Halve rooster breasts horizontally. Utilizing a meat mallet or the underside of your frying pan, pound breasts to even thickness (you do not need the meat tremendous flat, simply even in thickness). Season the rooster breasts to style (either side) with salt and pepper. I take advantage of about 3/Four teaspoon salt and half teaspoon pepper, however add to choice. Place the ready rooster in a big plastic bag and pour the remaining marinade combine over. Seal the bag with out air and knead to coat all of the rooster within the marinade. Place within the fridge for 30 minutes as much as 6 hours. (IF you are making the elective sauce (Step 5), make it now too so it has an opportunity to take a seat and flavors can intensify.)

  3. COOK CHICKEN:  Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high warmth (about 400 levels F.) Generously oil the grill (I drench a roll-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates. Do not skip this step.) (Grill pan: add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan) Place the marinated rooster on the grill. Discard any leftover marinade within the bag. Grill for 10-12 minutes, flipping as soon as in between midway, or till rooster juices run clear and inner temperature is at 160 to 165 levels F. (160 levels will carry over warmth to get to 165 levels F). Tent rooster with foil and let stand for 5-10 minutes earlier than slicing in opposition to the grain.

  4. QUINOA: Completely rinse the quinoa. Add the rooster broth, quinoa, and minced garlic to a small pot over excessive warmth. Carry to a boil and as soon as it reaches a boil, cut back the warmth to low, cowl and cook dinner for an extra 10-15 minutes or till all of the liquid is absorbed. Take away from warmth however hold lined and permit to take a seat for about 5 minutes. Calmly fluff with a fork. Stir within the lime juice and cilantro. Season to style with salt and pepper (I normally add 1-2 to three/Four teaspoon salt and 1/Four teaspoon pepper).

  5. SAUCE: Zest and juice 1 lime to get Three tablespoons juice and half teaspoon zest. Add the juice and zest to a robust blender or mini meals processor together with the garlic cloves, cilantro, half of the seeded jalapeno (add extra of the jalapeno for a spicier sauce, add slowly in the event you’re fearful concerning the warmth), and mayo. Add salt and pepper to style and mix or pulse till easy. Add within the bitter cream and pulse as soon as extra to mix. Style and regulate seasonings to private choice. Depth of taste does improve because it sits.

  6. ASSEMBLE: divide quinoa evenly amongst plates/bowl. Add grilled rooster on prime. Add any desired toppings to the facet and drizzle sauce over all the pieces. Serve with lime wedges and revel in. If desired add a small sprinkle of queso cotija cheese mix

Nutrition facts in honey lime chicken

(Energy are for the rooster and marinade)