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Sweet Chili Lime Chicken

Sweet Chili Lime Chicken. Few ingredients, easy, economical and super tasty. This is definitely not a boring chicken dinner.

Sweet Chili Lime Chicken on a white serving platter

Sweet Chili Lime Chicken

If there’s one thing I’ve come to learn in writing this blog over the past 12 1/2 years, it’s that you cannot have too many chicken recipes.

In fact, I’ve published 250 posts over the years that are labelled as “chicken recipes”. It would take you the better part of a year to try them all!

One whole chicken on a white plastic cutting board cut into 8 pieces

One whole chicken cut into 8 pieces

It’s no surprise the chicken is the most consumed meat protein in North America. That consumption, compared to other proteins like beef, is still steadily growing.

Industry tracking shows that the per capita consumption of chicken has more than tripled since 1960. Clearly, it is now the base ingredient of choice for the majority of meals eaten nowadays.

Chicken pieces in a foil lined balking dish

Lining the pan with aluminum foil, avoids burning the sauce and makes clean up easy.

The chicken recipes keep coming.

Still, I keep trying to mix it up and not serve bland or boring chicken. That leads to lots of new recipes.

Sweet Chili Lime Chicken photo of sauce being poured on

Pouring on the sauce.

Chicken pieces with sauce poured on ready for the oven

Ready for the oven.

This one takes a little inspiration from our Chili Lime Sticky Crispy Chicken Wings and our Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken. I’ve combined those two ideas into a new favourite recipe.

It was an immediate hit here in our home.

Serve rice or noodles with this Sweet Chili Lime Chicken

We served it with some plain rice drizzled in the sauce on one occasion. On another, we tossed some cooked Chinese noodles in the sauce and served it that way.

Both were equally delicious. I hope you enjoy it too, and no worries, there are still more chicken dinners coming down the line from Rock Recipes. 

I know you don’t like boring chicken dinners either.

Sweet Chili Lime Chicken on a serving platter with wine and salad in background

Sweet Chili Lime Chicken .

Looking for more chicken dinner ideas. Be sure to check out this collection of our Most Popular Chicken Recipes of the last decade.

Our top Ten Chicken Recipes of the past 10 years. Image collage for Pinterest 

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Sweet Chili Lime Chicken on a white serving platter
Yield: 4-6 servings

Sweet Chili Lime Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Sweet Chili Lime Chicken. Few ingredients, easy, economical and super tasty. This is definitely not a boring chicken dinner.


  • 1 whole chicken in pieces or 3 lb chicken pieces

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • juice of 4 limes (1/2 cup juice)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp chili paste or to taste (or 1 tsp chili flakes)


  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium low heat.
  2. Add the garlic and saute for only a minute to soften it but don't let it brown.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients for the sauce and simmer slowly for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat to cool a little.
  5. Cut the chicken into 8 pieces, trimming them well of excess skin and fat.
  6. Line a baking pan, about 9x13 inches in size with a couple of layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. Use a baking pan that is large enough to fit all the pieces without overcrowding, but does not leave large open spaces. Using too large a baking dish can cause the sauce to be too shallow in the pan and burn easily.
  7. Place the lined empty pan in a 425 degree oven to heat up for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Lightly season the chicken pieces with additional salt and pepper. Remove the hot pan from the oven and place the chicken pieces
  9. in the pan. Heating the pan speeds up the cooking time and helps the sauce reduce in volume a little.
  10. Pour the prepared sauce evenly over the chicken, but don't submerge it more than half way as shown in the photo above. Any remaining sauce can be used to pour over the completed chicken or over rice
  11. Return the pan to the 425 degree F oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and baste the chicken pieces with the sauce in the bottom of the pan.
  12. Return to the oven for an additional 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest part of the breast  and thighs reads 170 degrees F.
  13. Allow the chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 520Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 208mgSodium 409mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 0gSugar 24gProtein 71g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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