Smoky & Zesty Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Recipe

Feb 22, 2024 | Main Courses




15 minutes
14 minutes

As a food critic with a passion for vibrant and bold flavors, I have always been drawn to the enticing combination of chipotle and lime in Mexican cuisine. These two ingredients bring a perfect balance of smoky spiciness and zesty freshness that never fails to impress. Today, I want to share with you my take on Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken, a dish that never fails to transport me back to sunny days spent enjoying delicious street food in Mexico City.


Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


In a bowl, combine the minced chipotle peppers, lime zest, lime juice, minced garlic, honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper to create the marinade. Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or shallow dish and pour the marinade over them, making sure the chicken is well coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight for a deeper flavor.

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade, shaking off any excess, and grill for about 6-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through and nicely charred. Once the chicken is cooked, transfer it to a plate and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve the Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken garnished with chopped cilantro and a wedge of lime for an extra burst of freshness.

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Cooking Instructions


  • If you prefer a milder heat, you can reduce the amount of chipotle peppers in the marinade or remove the seeds before mincing.
  • This marinade also works well with other proteins like shrimp or tofu, so feel free to experiment with different options.
  • For a complete meal, serve the Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken with a side of Mexican rice, black beans, and a fresh avocado salad.

I hope this recipe brings a bit of Mexican sunshine to your table and inspires you to explore the vibrant flavors of chipotle and lime in your cooking adventures! Enjoy every bite of this smoky, zesty dish that is sure to become a favorite in your recipe repertoire.

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Final Dish

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