Chili Lime Grilled Chicken

By Maria Lichty

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Chili Lime Grilled Chicken-this juicy and moist grilled chicken recipe is perfect for summertime! It is easy to make and everyone loves it! 

Chili Lime Grilled Chicken Recipe

Father’s Day is on Sunday, how are you celebrating dad this year?  The boys want to go on a hike with Josh and make him a chocolate cake. Josh doesn’t really like chocolate cake, but the boys do:) It’s the thought that counts:)

If you want to make dad something special for dinner, make Chili Lime Grilled Chicken. It is easy to make and dad will love it!


Josh loves this grilled chicken recipe. He makes it all of the time during the hot summer months. The chicken is juicy, moist, and full of flavor. The chicken isn’t too spicy, but has a nice kick of chili, spices, and lime. Josh likes to garnish the grilled chicken with cilantro for extra flavor and it’s pretty too! Although, I don’t think Josh cares if the chicken is pretty, he just likes cilantro:)

Surprise dad with Chili Lime Grilled Chicken for dinner on Father’s Day. I am going to try and make it for Josh, but I bet he will take over and make it for himself. He likes to do all of the grilling. I will for sure make him dessert though, he deserves to be spoiled. He is the BEST dad and husband! We might have to have chocolate cake (for the boys) and key lime pie, Josh’s real favorite:) I am ok with two desserts!


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Chili Lime Grilled Chicken

This juicy and moist grilled chicken is full of flavor and perfect for all of your summer BBQ's!
4.63 from 8 votes



  • Place lime juice, cilantro, and chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag or bowl. Make sure the chicken breasts are covered in the mixture. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  • While the chicken is marinating, make the rub. In a small bowl, combine the lime zest, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, sugar, salt, and black pepper.
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the bag and discard the bag with juices. Place the chicken on a plate and cover breasts generously with the rub mixture.
  • Brush clean grill lightly with oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken breasts until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and garnish with cilantro, if using. Serve warm.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Unfortunately my dad is out of the country on fathers day 🙁 Business trip. But I’m sure he would love this dish! And he would love a chocolate cake too 😉

  2. A father that gets two desserts is a well loved dad/husband! This chicken looks perfect! Love those grill marks!

  3. Grilled and juicy chicken. Yumm! It’s mouth watering. Everyone in my family love chicken dishes a lot. Will try it out soon. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  4. We made this tonight, so delicious! Definitely working it into our regular rotation. I also made your pineapple salsa to go with it. My first time making one of your recipes 🙂 Perfect dinner!

  5. We had this for dinner last night, and it was fantastic! A garnish of chopped cilantro on top before serving is the perfect touch. The chicken is moist and flavorful – a small amount of time for a meal with big flavor!

  6. Maria this is a most delicious recipe and I love reading your blogs and learning more about your lovely family xoxo

  7. I’m going to try this – it looks delish! I’m going to have to cook it in the oven rather than grill but I’m hoping it will taste as good as it sounds just without the chargrilled lines!

  8. This is great I made it last week and loved it.    I’m going to make it to night for the family, 2 questions 
     1 can I use chicken  thighs ?  And 2 what do you do for a side dish ? 

  9. Grilled and juicy chicken. Yumm! It’s mouth watering. Everyone in my family love chicken dishes a lot. Will try it out soon. Thanks for the recipe 😀

  10. Hmm…yummy…Look so simple and delicious.
    I have to try this recipe someday..thanks for sharing..

  11. Looks like this dish is very tasty and certainly healthy. Thank you for the recipe and I want to try it at home for adding my daily family cooking menu.

  12. Oh my, I suddenly feel hungry so bad..!! thank you for share this grilled chicken recipe. Will try this ASAP

  13. 5 stars
    Grilled and juicy chicken. Yumm! It’s mouth watering. Everyone in my family love chicken dishes a lot. Will try it out soon. Thanks for the recipe