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! 

Nothing like a delicious meal in 30 minutes or less! After this, you’ve gotta try One Pan Garlic Herb Chicken and Asparagus, Three Cheese Stuffed Balsamic Chicken, and Skillet Chicken in Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

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

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

5 stars
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!

5 stars
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.

    5 stars
    This might burn if all the cooking was completed in the pan, but finishing it in the oven keeps that from happening, and the chicken is completely cooked without burning. Made it tonight, and it was fantastic! All of my kids greatly enjoyed it. Added a bit of cayenne to the sauce, and dusted the chicken with paprika before putting in oven.

5 stars
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!

5 stars
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!

      5 stars
      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. 🙂

5 stars
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! 🙂

1 star
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!

4 stars
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!

5 stars
This looks very tasty! Your photography skills are amazing!

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

4 stars
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.

5 stars
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.

4 stars
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!

Do you cover when baking?

    You don’t need to for this recipe!

can olive oil or avocado oil be used instead of butteR?

    I’m sure it could! It may alter the flavor a bit- but will probably turn out fine!

Is this freezable?

    I haven’t frozen this one myself, but I’m sure it could work!

Im thinking skin onwould be a better choice..

    Sure! Go for it 🙂

5 stars
so so so delicious. i kept the skin on and although it did not get crispy, the skin was yummy. i have no experience with cooking skin, tiffany, so if you have any tips that would be much appreciated! i will definitely make this again! it was cheap to make as well so if any of y’all are a college student or just on a budget, this is your go to meal! P.S. I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE AND YOUR ABUNDANCE AMOUNT OF RECIPES. YOU ARE SUCH A TALENTED RECIPE DEVELOPER AND I HAVE ONLY BEEN COOKING YOUR RECIPES AS OF LATELY! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO, GIRL!

    You are the absolute sweetest- your compliment has made my entire day!! Things like that keep me going over here 🙂 Super excited to hear that you enjoyed this recipe as well, Gwen!

5 stars
Can coconut oil be used instead of butter, in a pinch? I’m currently out of butter so I’m going to try this. I’ve made this dish twice before (with butter) and it is absolutely top notch delish!

    Hi Kris! I haven’t made this recipe with coconut oil before so I can’t say for sure. I’d love to hear the outcome though!

5 stars
Oh my gosh… this dish was so delicious & easy to make. The HONEY, lime & GARLIC, AMAZING!! had on hand the LIQUID liMe juice was still DELICIOUS.

    Great job, Cherie! Glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe so much!

So Easy to make and clean up. I added half a jalapeno for a little extra zip. Delicious!

    I bet the addition of fresh jalapeño was delicious! Sounds right up my alley 🙂

5 stars
I am going to try this here soon. Im going to cook it for my fiance’s birthday

    Hope you love it!

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