Grilled Chili Honey Lime Chicken Thighs Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes + marinating time
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes



  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 6 thighs)


  • Make the Marinade: In a medium bowl or large zip-top bag, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, honey, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Marinate the Chicken: Add the chicken thighs to the marinade. Toss or massage to ensure all chicken pieces are evenly coated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight for maximum flavor infusion.
  • Preheat Your Grill: Heat your grill to medium-high heat (around 400-450°F or 200-230°C). Clean and lightly oil the grill grates to prevent sticking.
  • Grill the Chicken: Remove the chicken from the marinade, shaking off any excess. Grill the chicken thighs for 5-7 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) and are cooked through. Take care not to overcook, as chicken thighs can dry out.
  • Rest and Serve: Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Garnish with fresh cilantro and lime wedges, if desired.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Enjoy with grilled vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, or corn on the cob.
  • Serve over rice or quinoa.
  • Make tacos or wraps with your grilled chicken.
  • Slice and add to a fresh salad.


  • Pounding the thighs: For even cooking, pound the chicken thighs to an even thickness before marinating.
  • Spice level: Adjust the chili powder to your liking for a milder or spicier flavor.
  • Honey substitute: If you don’t have honey, you can substitute maple syrup or brown sugar.


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