Fast and Tasty Grilled Lime Chicken Recipe

by Donna_Cosmato

We all know chicken is good for us, but sometimes dreaming up one more way to serve it can be challenging. Whip up this tangy marinade and fire up the grill for a tasty new take.

Whether you are grilling in the open air on a sunny day or on the front porch while wrapped in your winter jacket, there's just something about chicken fresh from the grill that sets the taste buds to tingling. Here's an idea for an unusual marinade to add some extra zest to healthy grilled chicken strips.

Recipe for Grilled Chicken Tenders

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

Get ready for summer picnics and barbeques with a quick and easy grilled lime chicken recipe that will set your taste buds to tingling. Sweet honey takes the edge off the fresh lime juice, while a dash of teriyaki sauce gives it just enough zest.

All you need to prepare this quick meal is:

  • Medium saucepan
  • Grill (charcoal or electric)
Grilled Lime Chicken

Grilled Lime Chicken

Tender chicken strips bathed in a delectable lime-honey sauce

Prep time 10 min  -  Total time 20 min
Ingredients for 4 servings
One and 1/2 pounds chicken tenders  • Marinade  • 5 limes (not Key limes)  • 3/4 cup honey  • 1and one-half tablespoons less sodium teriyaki marinade and sauce  • 3 teaspoons each garlic powder and onion powder  • 1 and one-half teaspoons leaf oregano  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger, ground black pepper

Make the Marinade

Combine all marinade ingredients in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for one minute. Let the mixture cool and pour into a shallow glass dish. Add chicken tenders and let stand for at least one hour in the refrigerator.


Prepare the Meat

Place chicken and marinade mixture into a medium pan over high heat. Bring to a boil and boil for about two minutes. Turn off the heat and let the chicken simmer while you preheat the grill.


Grill the Chicken

If you are using a charcoal grill, position the rack close to the coals and have the fire hot enough to sear the meat quickly. Let an electric grill get to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and sear the chicken for about one to two minutes per side – just long enough to get those luscious grill marks. The honey facilitates an excellent glazing effect on the chicken strips. Return the chicken to the marinade and keep it warm while you finish assembling the rest of your meal.


Serving Suggestion

Serve with fresh, hot corn on the cob and a crisp green salad. Garnish the chicken with lime wedges and serve the warm sauce on the side. Pineapple rings make a nice, light finish, as the chicken is tangy but sweet.

Variation

After searing the meat, cut it into bite sized pieces. Arrange on top of steamed white or wild rice and drizzle the remaining sauce over top. Garnish with lime wedges and serve with a salad.

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Cook's Tips

Looks are deceiving! The sauce recipe makes a full two cups, which is plenty for making the marinade and grilling the chicken. You will have plenty leftover to serve on the side for those who might prefer fish or even a grilled hamburger to chicken. In fact, you might want to try preparing pork or ham in the same way as the lime and honey combination would work as well with those meats as it does with chicken.

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Updated: 04/15/2012, Donna_Cosmato
 
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