This grilled lime chicken recipe is one that Brianna came up with while we were right in the middle of our kitchen remodel. It is also while we were eating paleo and needed something delicious for dinner that fit into all of our parameters. She set about to marinate some chicken thighs (you can use whatever cut of meat that you like) and headed out to the grill. After a little bit, she came back with a tray of this delicious meat and the smell was out of this world. We served it with some warm tortillas where we pulled it off the bone and ate it with a fresh garden salsa and shredded lettuce but you can serve it with lettuce leaves and make lettuce wraps for paleo and keto options. It was a total treat and we were hooked. Grab some chicken thighs and marinate them tonight and grill. You won’t be sorry!
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How Long Can Chicken Marinate In Lime Juice?
We recommend 24 hrs but really anywhere between 12 and 24 hours to get a really good flavor for your chicken. The longer you have it in the marinade the fuller your flavor will be in the chicken.
How Do You Grill Chicken Without Drying It Out?
When you marinate chicken or even brine it, it goes a long way to holding in the moisture of the chicken when you grill it.
What Chicken Is Best For Grilling?
We prefer to use dark meat (legs and thighs) for grilling. They seem to hold up better and tend not to dry out like chicken breasts do.
Does Lime Juice Tenderize Chicken?
Yes. Lime juice is acidic in nature and anything that is acidic will tenderize your meat. This includes citrus juices like lime, lemon, orange, and grapefruit as well as pineapple, wine, and vinegar.
How Long Do You Cook Chicken On A Gas Grill?
You cook chicken for about 7 to 9 minutes on each side or until it reaches an internal temperature of 157-160F or 71.1 C.
Should I Boil The Chicken Before Grilling?
No, this will remove all of the flavors from your chicken that you spent all night marinating into it.
Do You Rinse The Marinade Off The Chicken Before Grilling?
We don’t, we leave it on for the flavor. If you are worried about flare-ups on the grill you can pat it off a little with a paper towel before throwing it on the grill.
Does Lime Juice Cook Raw Meat?
Because of the acid in lime juice, it can begin to cook the meat as it does with ceviche.
Will Lime Juice Kill Bacteria?
Yes, the high acid content of lime juice can kill some bacteria.
What Temperature Is Best For Grilling?
Your grill temperature should be about 350 F or 176 C when you start grilling. Close the lid and let the meat cook before flipping the chicken.
Grilled Lime Chicken Recipe
8 Chicken Thighs
-Marinade For Grilled Lime Chicken –
1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
1/3 Cup Lime Juice
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Turmeric
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro
Mix together your marinade ingredients and pour it into a plastic zipper bag or bowl. Marinate chicken in the bag for 3 hours or overnight (overnight for the best results).
Cook on a grill flipping once until done 165 F (if the skin isn’t crispy enough for your liking through it in the broiler for a few moments).
Yield: 8 thighs
Grilled Lime Chicken
- 8 Chicken Thighs
- -Marinate in-
- 1 Cup Broth (you can find our recipe here)
- 1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
- 1/3 Cup Lime Juice
- 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Turmeric
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro
Put your marinade in a plastic zipper bag or bowl. Marinate chicken in the bag for 3 hours or overnight.
Cook on a grill until done (if the skin isn't crispy enough for your liking through it in the broiler for a few moments).
Before you go check out some other recipes
- Chicken Fajitas
- Lime Cupcakes
- Salsa Chicken
- Chili Relleno Casserole
- Taco Casserole
- Beef Taquitos
- Smothered Beef and Bean Burrito
- Beef Nachos
- South of the Border Burger