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Honey Lime Chicken (Quick and Easy Recipe!)

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This Honey Lime Chicken recipe makes a flavor-packed, healthy and inexpensive meal that the whole family will love. It is ideal for busy weeknights, because it is ready to eat in just over 20 minutes. Learn how to make Asian-style saucy lime chicken with this quick and easy recipe! 

Overhead view of Honey Lime Chicken in a silver skillet with sliced limes on the side.

You are going to absolutely adore this healthy chicken dinner recipe, because it is bursting with amazing tangy flavor and it is ready to eat in mere minutes. It features juicy chicken pieces cooked to crispy perfection on the stovetop and tossed in the most delicious honey lime sauce. To make it a complete and balanced meal, serve the chicken with rice, quinoa or a simple green salad.

How to Make Honey Lime Chicken

Here is the outline of how to make this Honey Lime Chicken recipe, plus some helpful tips to ensure it comes out perfect:

1. Brown the chicken: Start by seasoning the chicken in a bit of salt of pepper. Using a pair of tongs, add the chicken pieces to a hot, oiled pan, topside down. Let the chicken cook for a few minutes, then flip it over and cook the other side. When you’re done, the chicken should be golden on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside on a plate.

Tip: The chicken pieces are ready to be flipped when they release easily from the pan.

2. Mix up the honey lime sauce: Add the lime juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger to the pan. Stir to combine and let the sauce heat up until it is bubbling.

Tip: Roll the limes on a flat surface, pressing down firmly, to loosen them up. Then cut them in half and use a citrus press to juice them. These two steps will ensure that you get maximum juice out of your limes.

3. Finish cooking the chicken in the sauce: At this point, the chicken is browned on the outside, but not cooked all the way through. Return the chicken to pan and allow it to finish cooking in the sauce. Be sure to flip the chicken over regularly so it stays coated in the honey lime sauce.

Tip: Don’t forget to cover the pan! This is done to trap the heat and keep all the moisture in the pan while the chicken is cooking.

As always, full instructions are listed in the recipe below.

Where to Buy the Best Chicken

I am a huge advocate of only eating organic, humanely-raised chicken. This is because naturally-raised, organic meat is just so much more healthy, ethical, sustainable and flavorful than factory-farmed meat. And for the best-tasting organic chicken and other meats, I highly recommend using ButcherBox.

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If you want to learn more about ButcherBox, I have written a detailed Butcher Box Review here on the blog. But if you are interested in using another delivery company, I wrote an article called: The Best Organic Meat Delivery Services. In that article, I review and discuss other online organic meat delivery services (in addition to ButcherBox) that might work better for you.

Close-up side overhead view of Honey Lime Chicken in a silver skillet with sliced limes on the side.

Should You Remove Chicken Skin?

Chicken skin is known to be high in fat. However, according to the health experts at Harvard, most of the fat in chicken skin is healthy, unsaturated fat. In addition, cooking with the skin keeps the chicken flavorful and moist, so you don’t need to use potentially harmful seasoning or breading as a result. So if you’re cooking chicken, there’s no need to strip the skin. You can still enjoy skin-on chicken (which is used in this recipe) in moderation as a part of a healthy diet.

More Healthy Chicken Recipes

Looking for more easy and wholesome chicken dinners? Here are some of my favorite recipes:

For This Honey Lime Chicken Recipe, I Recommend:

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  • Avocado Oil – This is my favorite cooking oil to use for pan-frying, because it is one of the few oils with a high smoke point and neutral flavor that is actually good for you.
  • Raw Honey – Not all packaged honey is created equal, so I recommend using one that is 100% pure, raw, and unfiltered for optimal health benefits.
  • San-J Tamari – Personally, I prefer using tamari rather than soy sauce. That is because tamari is gluten-free and has a richer and milder taste than regular soy sauce. This particular brand of tamari is organic, contains 100% whole soybeans, and uses unique, natural fermentation process that gives it an amazing, delectable taste.

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Honey Lime Chicken (Easy and Healthy Recipe!)

Overhead view of Honey Lime Chicken in a silver skillet with sliced limes on the side.
This Honey Lime Chicken recipe makes a flavor-packed, healthy, and inexpensive meal that the whole family will love!
Alia Kay
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 433 calories

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts (such legs and thighs)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Instructions

  • Season the chicken on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown on all sides. Remove the chicken from pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add the lime juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger. Stir to combine and heat until bubbling.
  • Return the chicken to the skillet. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, turning the chicken over occasionally, until the chicken is completely cooked through. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165ºF using a meat thermometer.
  • Serve warm with fresh cilantro and lime wedges.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Honey Lime Chicken (Easy and Healthy Recipe!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
433
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
28
g
43
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
13
g
Cholesterol
 
116
mg
39
%
Sodium
 
649
mg
28
%
Potassium
 
359
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Protein
 
30
g
60
%
Vitamin A
 
233
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
13
mg
16
%
Calcium
 
33
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

  1. If possible, I highly recommend using organic, pasture-raised chicken in this recipe.
  2. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
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This post was originally published on March 5, 2018. It has been updated to reflect new information and helpful content.

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4.86 from 7 votes (3 ratings without comment)

8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh man, Alia, these flavors make my mouth water, they are among my favorites! What a beautiful dish! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Sounds like a lovely meal with hot rice!! Love your tip about juicing the limes…so handy. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Alia, I just made your honey lime chicken recipe for dinner and it was so good. We loved it. Now I am just looking for more chicken recipes.

    1. Hi Ivonne! Thanks so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! If you want more chicken recipes, just search “chicken” using the search box on my website! 🙂