Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

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4.86 from 7 votes
If you crave a tender, juicy chicken recipe that impacts a punch of flavor that is healthy to boot, than you have to try my Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa. It is like having a Carribean vacation at home. (Cocktails served in coconuts optional).
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Marinate: 30 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa on white plate

If you crave a tender, juicy chicken recipe that impacts a punch of flavor that is healthy to boot, then you have to try my Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa. It is like having a Carribbean vacation at home. (Cocktails served in coconuts optional).

Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa on white plate

Why This Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa Works

This Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Recipe is so wonderful to serve because all the acid in this dish tenderizes the chicken and makes it so unbelievably moist.  It is also very healthy, low carb and keto friendly.

I love this recipe so much because it truly reminds me of warm summer days and tropical breezes. The flavors on this chicken have to be tasted to be believed!

How to Make Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa  – Step by Step

  • Step One: First, in a Ziploc bag, add the citrus. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Two: Next, add the oil. (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Three: Then add garlic and red onion. (Photos 3 & 4 below)

step by step instructions for making Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

  • Step Four: Add the seasonings to the marinade. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Five: Stir to combine. (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Sis: Add the chicken to the marinade. (Photo 3 below)
  • Step Seven: Toss until it’s completely coated. Refrigerate while it marinates and then grill. (Photo 4 below)

step by step instructions for making Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

  • Step Eight: Next, for the Pineapple Salsa, finely chop 2 cups of pineapple and add lime juice.
  • Step Nine: Then add peppers, onions and herbs.
  • Step Ten: Next, add orange juice and brown sugar.
  • Step Eleven: Stir and refrigerate until ready to use.

step by step instructions for making Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple SalsaRecommendations for Making Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

The components for this dish can definitely be made in advance so you can put it together at the last minute.

Absolutely make the marinade and the salsa the day before and you are already ahead of the game when you are to grill.

When I do a lot of fine chopping I find it goes so much quicker with this mini food processor. It makes the work go much quicker.

pineapple salsa in blue marble bowl

Can you use other meat other?

I use boneless chicken breasts, alternatively, boneless chicken thighs would be great for this recipe. It will make them super tender and delicious. Just adjust your cooking time accordingly.

This recipe would also be great with pork too.

White dish with boneless chicken and pineapple salsa

Expert Tips for Making the Best Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

  • Use Fresh: When you can, use fresh ingredients, it makes such a difference.
  • Heat it up: If you like it with a little more heat, add a little of the Jalapeno seeds.
  • Make More: Make extra and serve the chicken and salsa in tacos the next day.

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Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa on white plate

Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

4.9 from 7 votes
If you crave a tender, juicy chicken recipe that impacts a punch of flavor that is healthy to boot, than you have to try my Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa. It is like having a Carribean vacation at home. (Cocktails served in coconuts optional).
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 4 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

Garlic Lime Chicken

  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice about 1 medium lime
  • 2 tablespoon tablepoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts

Pineapple Salsa

  • 2 cups pineapple finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 tablespoon lime juice about 1 medium lime
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Instructions

Garlic Lime Chicken

  • Combine garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, cilantro, pepper, salt, orange juice, lime juice and olive oil in a zipper bag.
  • Shake the bag to combine the marinade ingredients.
  • Add chicken to the bag and shake to ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade.
  • Preheat grill to medium high.
  • Grill chicken until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, turning once.
  • Remove chicken from grill and cover with foil; allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Top with Pineapple Salsa.

Pineapple Salsa

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Serve on top of Garlic Lime Chicken.

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Expert Tips

Expert Tips for Making the Best Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa
  • Use Fresh: When you can, use fresh ingredients, it makes such a difference.
  • Heat it up: If you like it with a little more heat, add a little of the Jalapeno seeds.
  • Make More: Make extra and serve the chicken and salsa in tacos the next day.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 1109mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 94.9mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.2mg

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12 thoughts on “Garlic Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa”

  1. 5 stars
    Recipe name itself is mouthwatering. I am sure chicken lover will go gaga over this garlic lime chicken. And with pineapple salsa sounds amazing. I am surely passing this to my friend.

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  2. Hi. How much oj is used in the salsa recipe? You have 1/ so is it one or 1/2 or 1/4? Also you mention using the McCormick seasoning packet but then it is not listed in the recipe. This is your interpretation- yes? Thanks.

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    • 1/4 cup! So sorry about that! I updated the recipe in the post. Initially, I used the seasoning packet, but the recipe I provided is my interpretation of it. Enjoy! 🙂

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