Lime Chicken well marinated and baked to perfection! This easy lime chicken thighs recipe is packed full of flavor, juicy, tender, crispy skin, and delicious. It is simple, quick, and takes just 35 minutes in the oven to get it ready.
Serve with rice, air fryer potatoes, Mediterranean roasted vegetables for a simple weeknight dinner.
Lime Chicken Recipe
This lime chicken recipe is easy, simple and quick. It requires minimal prep and make use of few simple ingredients.
There are many lime chicken thighs recipes out there from honey lime chicken to cilantro lime chicken, ginger lime, and others but this easy lime baked chicken is just perfect and you'll love it.
It is baked in the oven so it's hand free and your stovetop is also free to cook side dishes to go with it on.
Lime juice acidic nature ensures the meat is tenderized and flavored inside and out. The skin is caramelized, sweet, and crispy and the inside is juicy and tender.
When you're looking for a tasty lime grilled chicken thighs recipe that cooks in under 60 minutes, with no stress and no mess, this is the one. Let me show you how to make it in quick steps.
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Chicken - I have used skin on, bone in chicken thighs here but you can use skinless boneless chicken thighs or chicken breasts. This recipe also works with chicken legs however the cooking time will vary slightly.
Lime juice - Fresh juice works best for this.
Honey or Sugar
Worcestershire sauce - Substitute with Soy sauce.
Pepper - Black pepper, Cayenne pepper, chili powder, or pepper flakes works fine.
How to Make Lime Chicken
Prepare the Chicken - Pat chicken dry with kitchen/paper towel.
Make the lime marinade - Mix garlic, pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, lime zest, and sugar. Stir till well combined.
Marinate Chicken - Add the lime marinade to the chicken in a bowl and mix till well combined. Cover the bowl and leave to marinate for 60 minutes.
Bake - Preheat the oven at 200C/400F.
Arrange the marinated chicken on a baking tray, cover the tray with foil, and put the tray in the middle of the oven. Grill in the oven at a temperature of 200C for 35 minutes. In the last 5 minutes, uncover the chicken so the top browns.
Bring out of the oven, and serve.
Garnish with lime wedges and zest (optional).
What to Serve with
It can be served with almost any dish and below are some recommendations that you can get their recipes on the blog when you click the link.
Black beans - This instant pot black bean is healthy, delicious, and pairs well with the dish.
Air fryer Vegetables - A healthy and tasty side dish made up of carrots, broccoli, peppers, other veggies, and seasoning.
Roasted carrots - Simple oven roasted carrots that are tender, flavorful, and delish.
Boiled potatoes: Easy boiled potatoes tossed in butter and parsley is just perfect with this.
Pasta - like this instant pot pasta, and Italian pasta salad.
Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
Pat chicken dry with kitchen towel before marinating so the marinade isn't watered.
You can use boneless chicken thighs but as this will cook slightly faster than bone in thighs, check after 20 minutes.
Cover with foil when it's going in the oven so it doesn't burn then remove the foil cover in the last 5 minutes of cooking to brown the chicken.
Use baking paper to line the tray for easier cleaning.
Temperature might vary per oven type so you might have to adjust the cooking time.
Drain juice out of the tray or pour on the chicken when serving. It's delicious on rice, mash or vegetables.
Ensure the internal temperature of chicken is atleast 165F/75C. This is when it is safe to eat.
Can i make with frozen chicken?
This recipe involves marinating. Defrost the chicken first before marinating. A quick way to thaw chicken is by running it under water. You can also leave it in the fridge overnight to defrost.
What does lime juice do to chicken?
Lime juice is acidic and it tenderizes the chicken and infuses flavor. This makes it tender and juicy and flavorful from the skin to the bone.
How to Store
Leave to cool, put in a sealed container or Ziploc bag, label, and store in the fridge for up to 4 days or store in the freezer where it will last up to 6 months.
It can be reheated in the microwave, oven, or air fryer.
To reheat in the microwave: Put chicken in a microwave-safe plate, cover, and heat for a minute and a half at a high temperature setting. Add additional time by 30 seconds if need be.
To reheat in the oven: Put in a baking paper lined baking tray and heat in the oven at a temperature of 200C for 4 minutes or till heated through.
You can cut and use leftovers in salads, sandwiches, stir-fries, stews, and soups.
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- Baking tray
- 1 kg (6pcs) Chicken thighs bone in or boneless skinless.
- 3 tablespoons Lime juice
- 1 teaspoon Lime zest
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder or granules
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce substitute with soy sauce.
- ½ teaspoon Pepper black pepper, cayenne, chilli or pepper flakes.
- 1 tablespoon Brown sugar
- Salt to taste.
- Pat chicken dry with kitchen/paper towel.
- Mix garlic, pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, lime zest, and sugar. Stir till well combined.
- Add the lime marinade to the chicken in a bowl and mix till well combined. Cover the bowl and leave to marinate for 60 minutes.
- Preheat the oven at 200C/400FArrange the marinated chicken on a baking tray, cover the tray with foil, and put the tray in the middle of the oven. Grill in the oven at a temperature of 200C/400F for 35 minutes. In the last 5 minutes, uncover the chicken so the top browns.
- Bring out of the oven, and and serve.Garnish with lime wedges and zest (optional).
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