Monday, May 9, 2016

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Recipe

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Grilling season is officially upon us!  Well, if you're like my cousin Doug, grilling season is ALL year round.  Not everyone is fortunate enough to have an outdoor grill, but don't let that stop you!  I'm going to show you how you can make my Grilled Chili Lime Chicken with an inexpensive indoor grill pan.  

The finished chicken on a wood cutting board with the title above it.

This chicken is moist and smoky, with just a hint of tang from the lime.  It's the perfect summertime dish and I can't wait to share it with you so...

Let's Get Started!
Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Recipe:
*Prep Time: 30 min.  *Cook Time:  8-10 min.  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings:  4-6


The ingredients needed for the grilled chili lime chicken.

  • 4-6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

a mixing bowl on a cutting board with lime juice and coconut oil in it.

To begin you will need to place the juice of one lime and the coconut oil into a small mixing bowl.

a rising bowl with lime juice, coconut oil, and spiced in it.

Then, to the oil and lime juice, add the red wine vinegar, cilantro (I like to use dried when grilling because it doesn't burn like fresh can), paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.

The marinade whisked together in the mixing bowl.

Whisk everything together until smooth.

The marinade being poured over the chicken in a resealable bag.

Next place the chicken breasts into a resealable bag and pour the marinade over the chicken.
Press the air out of the bag, seal it, and make sure all of the chicken is coated.
Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to overnight.

The grill pan that I use for indoor grilling.
Photo from Amazon
For an indoor grill I love this Lodge Double Play Reversible Grill/Griddle.  For less than $30 you can have deliciously grilled food right from you kitchen stovetop!

When you're ready, place the grill pan over medium/high heat and let the pan get hot.  

The marinated Chili Lime Chicken cooking on the grill pan.

Once the pan is hot place the chicken on the grill pan and gook for 4-5 minutes.
You will see the white of the cooked chicken come to about half way up the side.

The chili lime chicken on the grill pan, with grill marks.

After 4-5 minutes flip the chicken and cook for another 4-5 minutes until the juices run clear and the internal temperature is 165 degrees.

Remove from the pan or grill and let rest for 5 minutes.

I should say that you would use the exact same technique with a conventional grill as you would the pan, and the chicken will be equally delicious!

The finished chili lime chicken on a cutting board.

How gorgeous is this chicken!?!  I mean COME ON!! You would never guess that this was cooked on a grill pan indoors.  And can we talk about the flavor?  Savory, smokey, tangy, this Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Recipe is perfect as a main dish or in chicken tacos.  No matter what way you serve it, everyone is going to love it!  Since we are all embarking on the grilling season, I would love to hear about some of your favorite grilled dishes in the comment box below.  And if you like this recipe you may also want to try out my Cilantro Lime Rice, Homemade Pico de Gallo, or Guacamole!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


  1. Looks great. My indoor pan is round, like a large skillet.

    1. Thanks Karen, and any grill pan that you have will work great!

  2. Oh wow! This looks so yummy! I'm defiantly giving this a try.


  3. This looks awesome!! What a great summer grilling recipe!

  4. I need to try this on our next bbq. Love all the flavors.