Monday, June 11, 2012

20 Minute Chipotle Lime Marinade for Grilled Chicken

Welcome to TSRI's Summer Grilling Celebration!  I really am so excited to share this chicken recipe with you.  We have been having so much fun with our Summer Grilling Celebration.  The chicken each week has been fantastic.  Chad, Munchkin and I have loved each and every dish!  

Finally my parents are here and are able to share in the grilling fun!  This simple and delicious 20 Minute Marinade was perfect for a delicious meal after a long busy day. 

My mom was excited to try this Chipotle Lime Marinated Chicken.  I have to say I was very surprised that she was even interested in tasting it.  I know that I have told you about the spice level in my house growing up.  We never ate anything spicier than basil or oregano and black pepper was really only served on the side.  My Mom dug in and loved this!  

It really just has a little kick, but isn't too spicy.  The flavors are well rounded and lovely together.  The sweet honey, tart lime, spicy chiles and garlicy flavors make a wonderful marinade.  Even her sensitive palate was thrilled with this chicken.  Tender chicken that is full of delicious flavors!  This made for a perfect dinner.  We served this with grilled fries and grilled corn


Yield: makes approximately 1 1/2 cups
Author: Donna Elick
Chipotle Lime Marinade for Grilled Chicken

Chipotle Lime Marinade for Grilled Chicken

Welcome to TSRI's Summer Grilling Celebration! I really am so excited to share this chicken recipe with you. We have been having so much fun with our Summer Grilling Celebration. The chicken each week has been fantastic. Chad, Munchkin and I have loved each and every dish!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 13 MinTotal time: 18 Min


  • 5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce, from the canned chiles
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 5 limes)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a mini food processor combine chiles, adobo sauce, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt, pepper. Process until you have a smooth mixture. Pour half of your marinade into a resealable bag and reserve the remaining (about 3/4 cup).
  3. Add chicken breasts to resealable bag and marinate for 10-15 minutes on the counter.
  4. Grill chicken on preheated grill, about 4-5 minutes on each side. Baste the cooked chicken with the reserved marinade and flip. Grill for about 2-3 minutes and serve with reserved marinade poured over top.
  5. Enjoy!

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  1. delicoius chicken and presentation

  2. I recently made something similar but it didn't have lime juice. Great addition - I bet it has some great tang!

  3. This looks delicious! I would have problem getting the adobo sauce. Will keep a lookout for this, thanks for sharing!
    Wish you a wonderful summer!

    1. The adobo sauce is actually found in the can with the chipotle chiles. Look in the international aisle at your local grocery store. Hope that helps.

  4. Made last night and it is the best tasting grilled chicken I have had in forever!!

    1. We are so happy to hear that you loved it!


  5. My son-in-law made this recipe for us last weekend & it was awesome! We drizzled some of the extra sauce over some cilantro rice and the rest over the chicken and I could have licked the plate clean! I will definately be making this again, it's a keeper in my collection!

  6. So happy you loved it. The sauce would be amazing over the cilantro lime rice. I am going to try that next time. Thanks for stopping by and let us know what you are cookin'.

  7. HI, likely a dumb question but when the recipe says "4 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce", do you mean 4 CANS for chipotle chilies in sauce or 4 chilies (perhaps out of just one can)?

    1. That would be 4 chiles out of one can. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

  8. So awesome!! I doubled the garlic (cuz that's how I roll) but this is truly an amazing combo. Love it!!


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