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Grilled Chicken Breast on a white platter

Grilled Chicken Breast with Ginger Lime Marinade

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  • Author: Karen
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Marinade: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This zesty recipe for Grilled Chicken Breast with Ginger Marinade is the perfect reason to get together with family and friends for a grill-out. It will make you fall in love with chicken all over again. Lime juice, cilantro, ginger, cayenne, and a touch of honey make a sweet & spicy marinade that will become a favorite dish.




  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts halves


  • 2 limes, zested
  • juice of zested limes
  • 1-inch cube of peeled ginger, minced
  • 6 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped (reserve half for garnish)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper



  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Mix Marinade: Whisk marinade ingredients in a small bowl and pour into a silicone or zip lock bag or glass or ceramic dish; add chicken pieces. Seal the bag or cover the container and place in refrigerator for 2 – 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Prepare Grill: Preheat grill to medium or 400º for 10 minutes. To keep the chicken from sticking, brush some oil on the grill.
  3. Grill Chicken: Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it on an oiled grill for 6 – 8 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer after 10 minutes of cooking.  The chicken needs to reach 165º degrees to be thoroughly cooked through. Discard marinade.
  4. Serve: Remove chicken breast from grill and place on a platter. Allow to rest for 5 minutes and sprinkle with kosher salt and reserved cilantro.


Watch the video in the post if you want fancy grill marks on the chicken breast.

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