Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken

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5 from 6 votes
Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken is tender and juicy with the perfect Tex-Mex flair.  This marinated chicken recipe has all the spice and flavor and perfect atop the grill and your favorite Mexican Food.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken

Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken is tender and juicy with the perfect Tex-Mex flair.  This marinated chicken recipe has all the spice and flavor and perfect atop the grill and your favorite Mexican Food.

Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken

This Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken is an explosion of flavor that takes boring chicken to a whole new level. After the first batch rolled out I knew this cilantro lime chicken marinade was a keeper! The flavor combination in this grilled chicken recipe is mouthwatering and you can easily marinade overnight for grilling the next day.

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What We Love About This Fiesta Chicken Recipe

For starters, you are gonna love the fact that this cilantro lime chicken marinade takes just minutes to make. To get started, combine soy sauce, honey, vegetable oil, lime juice, garlic, bell pepper and cilantro in a small bowl and mix it up until combined really well.

  • Minutes to Make: A quick and easy meal for any night of the week.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or the fridge.
  • Family Friendly: So versatile everyone will love this flavorful chicken.
  • Adaptable: Can make this Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken into so many wonderful dishes.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Make more and use it over and over.
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Ingredient Notes for Fiesta Chicken Recipe

  • Soy sauce: It adds that salty umami bite.
  • Honey: A touch of sweet to the saltiness.
  • Lime: the juice of one lime.
  • Garlic: minced, fresh garlic.
  • Fresh Cilantro: finely chopped
  • All Season Blend: The recipe for this spice blend is linked.
  • Chicken Breast: 4 boneless breasts.

Equipment Needed for Lime Cilantro Chicken

How to Make Chicken Marinade with Lime

These are the basic steps for making cilantro lime marinated chicken. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: MAKE MARINADE

First, combine soy sauce, honey, vegetable oil, lime juice, garlic, bell pepper and cilantro in a small bowl; stir until combined. Then transfer to a gallon zip top bag and then add chicken and marinate for up to three hours.

STEP 2: GRILL

Next, preheat grill to medium high and then grill chicken on each side for 6-8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.

STEP 3: REST

Finally, remove from heat, cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

The chicken can marinate for up to three hours. You can prepare the marinade in advance and keep in the fridge in an airtight container until you are ready to make the chicken. Also, you can cook the chicken in advance and use any way you wish.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Cooked grilled chicken breast can last up to four days in the refrigerator well wrapped or in an airtight container.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

The grilled chicken can be kept in the freezer for up to four months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS CHICKEN LIME CILANTRO RECIPE

Reheat the chicken in the oven over medium-high heat or thaw in the fridge and serve over your favorite salad.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

A low sodium soy sauce can replace the traditional sauce.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN THIGHS FOR THE CHICKEN BREAST?

Of course, the thighs can replace the chicken breasts, simply make sure that the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees for this lime cilantro chicken thighs.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

During preparation you can easily double or half the recipe and use it in a plethora of different dishes.

CAN I COOK THIS RECIPE INDOORS.

Absolutely, use a grill pan and cook indoor and cook on the stove top.

Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken

Expert Tips for Making This Copycat Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe

  • Lime Zest: Fresh lime juice enhanced by lime zest truly brightens this chicken dish.
  • Top: Homemade Fresh Pico de Gallo or Homemade Salsa on top of this chicken really enhances it.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Alternate ingredients: Cheese, such as cheddar cheese, sour cream or Greek Yogurt.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Bake this chicken in the oven or the air fryer, they both work great.
  • Taco Salad: Lettuce, tomatoes, onion, tortilla chips or tortilla strips and a little ranch dressing really make an amazing salad.
  • Hot Sauce: Enhance this protein with a dash or two of your favorite hot sauce.

What to Serve with Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken

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Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken
5 from 6 votes

Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken is tender and juicy with the perfect Tex-Mex flair.  This marinated chicken recipe has all the spice and flavor and perfect atop the grill and your favorite Mexican Food.
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Red Bell Pepper Finely Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon House Seasoning Blend
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts

Instructions

  • Combine soy sauce, honey, vegetable oil, lime juice, garlic, bell pepper and cilantro in a small bowl; stir until combined.
  • Transfer to a gallon sized zipper bag.
  • Add chicken to zipper bag, seal and toss to coat all of the chicken in the marinade.
  • Allow to marinate for 30 minutes to 3 hours.
  • Preheat grill to medium high.
  • Grill chicken on each side for 6-8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • Remove from heat, cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

 
  • Lime Zest: Fresh lime juice enhanced by lime zest truly brightens this chicken dish.
  • Top: Homemade Fresh Pico de Gallo or Homemade Salsa on top of this chicken really enhances it.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Alternate ingredients: Cheese, such as cheddar cheese, sour cream or Greek Yogurt.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Bake this chicken in the oven or the air fryer, they both work great.
  • Taco Salad: Lettuce, tomatoes, onion, tortilla chips or tortilla strips and a little ranch dressing really make an amazing salad.
  • Hot Sauce: Enhance this protein with a dash or two of your favorite hot sauce.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1408mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: 30 minute meal

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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5 thoughts on “Grilled Lime Fiesta Chicken”

  1. 5 stars
    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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