After an easy marinade and a simple glaze on the grill, this Sweet Chili Lime Chicken is juicy, tender, and the perfect amount of spicy-sweet!
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We've all been there-- cooking chicken can get boring. It can seem like there are only So. Many. Ways. To change up the game. This sweet chili lime chicken, however, is an easy and delicious way to revolutionize your chicken game.
After a stop in a vinegar-based chili lime marinade, grill up chicken over medium-high heat, and finish off the whole show with a beautiful sweet chili lime sauce.
You won't regret it. Chances are, you won't be able to forget it.
Because not only is it succulent and full of flavor, it's the kind of healthy grilled chicken recipe that can be served alongside sweet corn and salad in the summer, or steamed rice and stir-fried veggies in the winter.
Oh, and did I mention that I made it for some young family friends and the kiddos liked it, too?
Pretty much a win all around. And dinner times need more wins. Bask in your victory tonight. You know I'll be cheering for you, too.
This Sweet Chili Lime Chicken is...
- Sweet, tangy, and just only slightly spicy
There's pretty much no reason to not try it for yourself today!
Q & A About Sweet Chili Lime Chicken
What temperature does chicken need to cook to?
The temperature that you cook chicken to depends on the cut of chicken you're using. Chicken breasts, in this instance, need to cook to 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest part of the breast.
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Where do you find fish sauce?
You can find fish sauce in the Asian foods section of most large grocery store chains. If not, they're almost always at Asian food stores or specialty stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts.
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How long do you marinate chicken?
How long you marinate chicken depends on the marinade somewhat, but a general range is 30 minutes to 8 hours for low-to-moderate acid marinades.
For ones that are higher in acid, you will need to marinate lower so you don't "cook" the chicken with the marinade. Check your recipe to see how long they recommend you leave the chicken in the solution.
For this sweet chili lime recipe, you can marinate the chicken for 30 minutes up to 8 hours. The chicken will have maximum flavor after 8 hours of marinating, but they're still tasty after only 30 minutes, too, so marinate according to whatever's best for your schedule!
How long do you grill chicken breasts?
It depends on how thick the breasts are, but I generally grill them for 8-10 minutes flipping every 3 minutes or so. Check them with a thermometer at that point. If they're cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest part of the breast, your chicken is done. If it is not, continue cooking and check the temperature about every 1.5-2 minutes.
What tools do you need to make this chicken?
Check out my other healthy and easy chicken recipes:
- Mexican Chicken Marinade
- Spicy Honey Chicken Marinade
- Savory Parmesan Pumpkin Chicken Breasts
- Oven-Fried Lemon Panko Chicken Tenders
- Grilled Sesame Chicken Thighs
- Chicken Sausage Meatballs
- Crockpot Honey BBQ Shredded Chicken Sandwiches
- One-Pot Orecchiette with Sausage
- Minestra Soup
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