Honey Lime Garlic Chicken

Incredibly flavorful Honey Lime Garlic Chicken is pan-seared for a crispy outside and baked for a juicy, tender center. One pan, ready in 30 minutes, you can’t go wrong with this easy dinner recipe! 

Incredibly flavorful Honey Lime Garlic Chicken is pan-seared for a crispy outside and baked for a juicy, tender center. One pan, ready in 30 minutes, you can't go wrong with this easy dinner recipe! 
This chicken dish has quickly become one of my all-time favorite dinner recipes. It is easy, simple, and comes together in about 30 minutes. On top of all that, it involves four of my most beloved ingredients of all time. Any recipe that brings together honey, butter, lime, and garlic in perfect harmony catches a ride straight to the top of my must-make list.

I can’t get enough of one-pan dishes these days. If you haven’t gotten your hands on an oven-safe skillet, you have got to make it happen. Being able to sear your meat on the stove, whip up the sauce in the same pan, and then transfer the whole thing straight into the oven is nothing short of magic.

Incredibly flavorful Honey Lime Garlic Chicken is pan-seared for a crispy outside and baked for a juicy, tender center. One pan, ready in 30 minutes, you can't go wrong with this easy dinner recipe! 

 Should I use chicken thighs or chicken breasts for this Honey Lime Garlic Chicken recipe?

Entirely up to you! This recipe is very versatile, you can use boneless chicken breasts, boneless chicken thighs, or even bone-in chicken thighs with skin on or off. You’ll need four chicken breasts or up to eight chicken thighs, depending on the size.

Do I need a cast-iron skillet for this recipe?

Not necessarily. Using a cast-iron skillet allows you to brown your chicken on the stove, as well as whip up the sauce/glaze for the chicken in the same pan, then transfer all of it straight into the oven without needing to dirty another dish. If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet yet, you can use any regular stove pan to brown the chicken and make the sauce, then simply transfer it into a casserole/baking dish before you put it in the oven.

Incredibly flavorful Honey Lime Garlic Chicken is pan-seared for a crispy outside and baked for a juicy, tender center. One pan, ready in 30 minutes, you can't go wrong with this easy dinner recipe! 

What people are saying about this Honey Lime Garlic Chicken

“I made this today & OH MY GOSH!!!! It is absolutely delish!!! This recipe is going in my file and I’ll be sharing it with people I enjoy cooking for… they will love it!!!” – Stephanie

“There is no questioning why this recipe is your favorite! I made this for my family, following your recipe religiously, and they loved it!” – Elizabeth 

“Love these flavors and this very tasty way to make chicken much more flavorful, thank you for this recipe!” – Sabrina

“SOOO good.” – Jessica

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Honey Lime Garlic Chicken

Incredibly flavorful Honey Lime Garlic Chicken is pan-seared for a crispy outside and baked for a juicy, tender center. One pan, ready in 30 minutes, you can't go wrong with this easy dinner recipe! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts OR 6 large chicken thighs (bone-in or boneless)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • juice of 1 lime about 2 tablespoons
  • chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. 

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2 tablespoons butter, add honey and juice from 1/2 of a lime, stir and bring to a boil. Add chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned. Transfer chicken to a plate. 

  3. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter, garlic, and remaining lime juice to the pan and stir until melted bubbling. Transfer chicken back to the pan and spoon sauce from the pan over each piece of chicken. 

  4. Transfer skillet to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. Add lime slices and chopped cilantro for garnish and serve. 

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Can’t find a PRINT button. If there isn’t one, there should be so it can be done EASILY!

    Hi Bob – There is a print button on the recipe card just below the picture. I’m working to make it more bold so that it will better stand out. sorry for the confusion.

I love it

Im excited to try a couple of these recipes. Especialy the chicken, my eating habits are out of control. So i have to find tasty fast meals. Everything lOoks delicious

hey girl- this looks oh so tasty! yummy!

It looks so good,is the skin left on in this picture?

    These chicken thighs have been skinned, but you can definitely do skin-on if you prefer!

    Thanks for the great feedback, Dorothy! Glad you LOVED IT!

Soo good! I added red pepper flakes and a bit of sRiracha For some spice, as well as some rice 🍚! Seriously so good!!

    Great idea! Glad you loved it!

i’ve tried usin honey in dishes but they always make the poultry burn on the outside before cooking the insides due to the caramelizing.. How do you prevent that?

    I haven’t really struggled with this issue to be honest. When mixed properly with the other ingredients listed and cooked accordingly, hopefully you shouldn’t run into that issue with this recipe.

love these flavors and this very tasty way to make chicken much more flavorful, thank you for this recipe!

    Thanks for the great feedback- Happy to hear you loved it!

I made This today & oh my gosh!!!! it is absolutely delish!!! This recipe is going in my file and i’ll be sharing it with people i enjoy cooking for… they will love it!!!

    Stephanie- So happy that you LOVED this recipe!

      I took it to work for lunch today. Someone had heated up some sort of plain smelling chicken so when I got to the microwave I wanted to announce that everyone better look out because the smell of real chicken is about to fill the air. They already know that if it smells good, it’s me heating up my lunch so I didn’t rub it in. I just enjoyed every smidgen all on my own. 🙂

It looks so good~ Chicken is our family favorite. Can’t wait to try it!

    I hope you and your family love this as much as my family does! 🙂

This is so yummy

    I tried to give ths 5 stars. It was seriously good.

There is no questioning why this recipe is your favorite, Tiffany! I made this for my family, following your recipe religiously, and they loved it! I also pan-grilled some vegetables and made mashed potatoes to go with this lemony chicken of a delight; perfect!

    I am SO happy that your entire family loved this dish, Elizabeth!! Pan-grilled vegetables sounds so delicious with this. Thanks for sharing!

Nice

Made this tonIght very tasty, i will be making this often.
Thanks!!

    I love hearing when my recipes become a regular thing for someone! Makes so excited! Thanks for sharing, Michele!

This looks very tasty! Your photography skills are amazing!

I love hearing when my recipes become a regular thing for someone! Makes so excited! Thanks for sharing, Michele!

Hi Bob – There is a print button on the recipe card just below the picture. I’m working to make it more bold so that it will better stand out. sorry for the confusion.

Made this for weekly dinner night and oh man, it was a hit! Subbed lemon for the lime and it still turned out great, everyone loved it and it was so fast and easy to make!

    Hi Janine! Excited to hear that you and your company enjoyed this chicken!! It’s one of my favorites for those go-to, quick weeknight meals! Thanks for sharing your great feedback! 🙂

Can you cook on top of stove one day and put in oven to finish the next day?

    Hi Gerri- I haven’t done this myself and I can’t say that I recommend it! I worry that the chicken would get soggy or something similar! If you do try it, definitely let me know how it turns out.

This is a great recipe. Next time, I’ll follow it more exactly. I ran out of butter, so used margarine and a little olive oil. Also, my husband doesn’t like cilantro, so I used parsley instead. Don’t do that! it nearly ruined the dish; I had to remove all the parsley as it seriously clashed with the other flavors. i doubled the sauce recipe because i had four huge chicken breasts. That really was unnecessary and I ended up with a lot of leftover sauce. the chicken turned out so juicy and tender. Take my advice and make it exactly as stated in the recipe. It was very juicy and tender. Flavors were great, and will be much better next time when I use butter instead of the margarine! I’ll bet it would be great made with lemon too.

    Hi Jamie! Thanks for your awesome feedback!! I am glad to hear that you were able to make those modifications and still enjoy the dish! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Looks totally fantastic. I found the print button – on my meal schedule for this week!!

    I hope that you absolutely love it this recipe!