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Garlic-lime chicken is an easy (and tasty) way to up your grilling game

Sure, grilled chicken is great, but it can get boring — and quick. Use this recipe to jazz up that grilled chicken and make it more awesome and flavorful than ever with fresh tropical flavors.

I used organic chicken breasts that I marinated for several hours (overnight would be even better) in a mixture of fresh lime juice, honey and lots of garlic cloves. This chicken stays juicy and tender when grilled and then gets served with a zesty mango-cucumber salsa on top.

Light and fresh, this chicken is the perfect recipe for summer gatherings, dinner, lunch or leftovers. Use this grilled chicken and salsa on top of a fresh green salad or even in a quick wrap, and pack it for lunch.

Garlic-lime grilled chicken with mango-cucumber salsa recipe

Juicy garlic-and-lime-marinated chicken is grilled and topped with a flavorful tropical salsa made with mango and cucumber.

Serves 4

Prep time: 20 minutes | Inactive time: 2 hours | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 2 hours 35 minutes


For the garlic-lime chicken

  • 4 all-natural or organic chicken breasts
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the mango-cucumber salsa

  • 1 large mango, minced or finely diced
  • 1 large English cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño, minced
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. To a large, gallon-size, zip-top bag, add the chicken breasts.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade, and mix well. Pour the marinade on top of the chicken, and seal the bag.
  3. Shake the chicken to coat it, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Before grilling the chicken, in a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the mango-cucumber salsa. Mix well, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavor to develop.
  5. When ready to prepare the chicken, heat a large cast-iron or other grill pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Lay each chicken breast in the pan, and grill for 6 to 7 minutes per side or until the centers of the chicken are no longer pink and the juices run clear.
  7. Toss the salsa well, then spoon it on top of the grilled chicken, and serve.

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