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This Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken is tangy with a hit of chipotle seasoning that you’re going to really taste! I bet you’ll love the easy marinade!

Update: This recipe was originally published in 2019 and has been republished with all new photos.

When it’s warm outside you better believe you’ll find me doing all my cooking on the grill. Back in my microwavable Lean Cuisine days (oh yes, I ate a lot of those) this gal still knew how to operate a grill. My husband and I would sit on the small patio of our townhouse and fire up some burgers or chicken several nights a week. These days you won’t find me near a microwavable meal and our patio is bigger, but grilling is forever king.

Today I’m sharing Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken. The lime juice gives it a tanginess. There’s also chili powder, chipotle powder, and cumin. Oh yes.

Toss the marinade ingredients into a bag or covered dish with your chicken. Give the chicken time to absorb all the flavor and then throw it on the grill. So simple!

For this recipe you’ll need (full list of ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below):

  • Chicken breasts
  • Lime juice
  • Olive oil
  • Cilantro
  • Minced garlic
  • Seasonings

Add your chicken and all marinade ingredients to a bag or container. Marinate for at least one hour and up to 12 hours. Then grill and eat!

Will this marinade work well with other proteins?

Yes, the marinade is also delicious with steak, turkey, or pork.

How long should you marinate?

Since lime is a fairly mild flavor I recommend marinating for at least an hour and up to 12 hours. The longer you marinate the more pronounced the lime flavor will be. I don’t recommend longer than 12 hours because your meat can start to breakdown and the texture changes if it sits in a marinade for too long. (That goes for any marinade.)

How can you prevent your chicken from sticking to the grill?

This marinade includes a lot of olive oil so you likely won’t encounter that problem. When I’m grilling meat without an olive oil marinade I like to add a little olive oil to the outside of my chicken just before placing on the grill. If you try to flip your chicken and you notice it’s sticking a bit just give it another minute before flipping and the chicken will usually release better then.

How to serve this

This chicken is delicious with grilled or roasted veggies and a simple salad. The chipotle lime marinade also makes this chicken a perfect fit for burrito bowls, rice bowls, and tacos.

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5 from 6 votes

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken

By Christina
This Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken is tangy with a hit of chipotle seasoning that you’re going to really taste! I bet you’ll love the easy marinade!
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 6 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chipotle pepper powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
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  • In a gallon Ziploc bag or large covered bowl combine chicken and all marinade ingredients. Let marinade for a minimum of 1 hour or as long as 12 hours. (The longer the better to really bring out the lime flavor.)
  • Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  • Add chicken to grill. Discard the remaining marinade. 
  • Cook the chicken, turning occasionally, until completely cooked through. This can take about 10 minutes but time varies depending on the thickness of your chicken.
  • Serve immediately. Garnish with a little extra fresh cilantro if you’re entertaining and want to impress your guests!


Serving: 1chicken breast, Calories: 345kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 662mg, Potassium: 874mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 283IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Tina says:

    This has become the #1 requested meal in my household. We like to slice it up when it comes off the grill and have chicken tacos topped with your genius avocado dressing.

  2. Tessa says:

    Christina has a lot of great grilled chicken recipes, but this is one of my favorites! Super easy and has great flavor! Highly recommend 🙂

  3. JoAnn says:

    This chicken was so flavorful, and I only had an hour to marinate. Such a quick protein for a salad meal. I made a simple lime chipotle ranch dressing—will definitely do this on repeat this summer. 

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you, JoAnn! So happy you enjoyed it!

  4. Katie Maloney says:

    This was a delicious marinade. I used chicken tenders and marinated about 6 hours. The chicken was juicy and flavorful.  Will make this again.  

  5. Kate B. says:

    Made this last night for dinner along with the Italian Chicken. Both are fantastic and every one loved them.

  6. Kathryn says:

    Love this chicken! It’s become a favorite and a weekly staple for meal prepping.