Smoky Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken


Elevate your grilling game with our Smoky Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken! This dish combines the smoky heat of chipotle peppers with the bright zest of lime, creating a flavor-packed marinade that transforms ordinary chicken into a sensational meal. It's a perfect choice for barbecues, family dinners, or any occasion where you crave a little spice and zest!

Smoky Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time (including marinating): 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 260 kcal
  • Protein: 35 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Sodium: 200 mg
  • Sugar: 1 g


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Marinade:
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Marinade: Whisk together lime juice and zest, olive oil, chipotle peppers, garlic, honey, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Marinate Chicken: Place chicken in a zip-lock bag or shallow dish. Pour marinade over chicken and ensure it's well coated. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for deeper flavor.
  3. Preheat Grill: Heat your grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Grill Chicken: Remove chicken from marinade and grill for about 10 minutes per side, or until fully cooked.
  5. Rest and Serve: Let chicken rest for a few minutes before serving to retain juices.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marinating Time: The longer the chicken marinates, the more flavorful it will be.
  • Avoid Burning: Keep an eye on the grill as the honey in the marinade can cause the chicken to burn more easily.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve with grilled vegetables or a fresh salad for a balanced meal.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I bake this chicken instead of grilling?

Yes, you can bake it in the oven at 200°C (400°F) for about 20-25 minutes.

How can I make this dish less spicy?

Reduce the amount of chipotle peppers in the marinade.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Absolutely. Chicken thighs will also work well with this recipe.