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!

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!

Serve with grilled or roasted veggies for a healthy meal!

How long should you marinade?

Since lime is a fairly mild flavor I recommend marinading for at least an hour and up to 12 hours. The longer you marinade 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.

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Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken

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!


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 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
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 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. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (The marinade does include salt but most of the marinade doesn’t get absorbed so I like to add extra salt when I begin grilling any meat.) 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: 389kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 144mg, Sodium: 867mg, Potassium: 886mg, Vitamin A: 480IU, Vitamin C: 9.4mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1.3mg
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