The absolute best grilled chicken we’ve ever had is our sticky honey lime grilled chicken. It’s honey, lime juice, seasonings and chicken thighs!

Oh my goodness, this chicken!! Sticky honey lime grilled chicken is our new favorite!

Sometimes a recipe happens that is so darned delicious you all just plant it at the table and gobble it down in almost complete silence. I say almost because we have children and I am convinced that silence doesn’t exist anymore. Though I know that one day I am going to desperately miss these noises. Anyway, I let our littlest pick dinner and when she said hot dogs (which I’m normally all over, I mean just look at our J-Dawgs copycat, sonoran hot dog and more.) on the grill I knew the hubs was going to want chicken. And sticky honey lime grilled chicken is what he got.

Oh my goodness, this chicken!! Sticky honey lime grilled chicken is our new favorite!

What Cut of Chicken is Best for Grilling?

Normally I wouldn’t have made a second recipe, but I had defrosted the chicken thighs (because chicken thighs are like the juiciest ever!) that morning and then all day the girls played so darn well together that I decided to let one pick dinner just for fun. I even hinted at chicken, but hot dogs were on her brain so I whipped up both and she was thrilled.

Ultimately you could use chicken breasts or chicken thighs but we’ve found that the best cut of chicken for grilling is the chicken thigh which happens to be more forgiving with overcooking as well.

Oh my goodness, this chicken!! Sticky honey lime grilled chicken is our new favorite!

Video on How to Make Grilled Chicken Thighs

Check out our video on exactly how to make this delicious chicken!

How to Make Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken

The chicken was really easy to make too. Just a little spice rub all over the meat with a little oil (you can use canola or olive oil)  to keep it from sticking then, grilled until almost done.

Meanwhile I heated a little honey, lime juice and vinegar over the stove and let it cool while I cooked the meat. All that was left was basting with half the sauce and using the rest to dunk the birds in once they were done.

It was finger lickin’, lip smackin’ good. Like really, you need to make this sticky honey lime grilled chicken.

Are Chicken Thighs Healthy?

Chicken is always a good source of protein, but because thighs have dark meat you’re looking at up to 3 times the amount of fat. It’s still a great option for dinner so don’t write it off completely.

How Long Does it Take to Cook Chicken Thighs with a Bone?

Bone in chicken thighs can take 30-60 minutes to cook in an oven, especially the latter if there is skin on the meat. Your best bet is to use an instant read thermometer. This Thermopro is our personal favorite since we’ve gone through so many horrible ones. And it’s only $10!

Wait until the sticky honey lime grilled chicken or any other recipe for bone in thighs reaches 165 degrees.

How Long does it Take to Cook Chicken Thighs with a Bone on the Grill?

Heat a grill to medium heat and cook for ten minutes, turn over and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

How Long Does it Take to Cook Boneless Chicken Thighs on the Grill?

Boneless chicken thighs take less time to cook on a gas grill. Place the chicken on for 4-5 minutes, flip and cook for another 4-6 minutes or until 165 degrees.

Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken

Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken

4.22 from 19 votes
Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • Oil
  • 8 Chicken Thighs, boneless

for the sauce

  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

for the rub

  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder


  • Heat the grill to medium high heat.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the lime juice, honey and vinegar together, bring to a simmer and then remove from the burner to cool.
    1 Lime, 1 Cup Honey, 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Rub a little oil (we use grapeseed but you can use anything) all over the chicken then mix the seasonings together in a small bowl and rub all over the chicken.
    Oil, 8 Chicken Thighs, 2 teaspoons Chili Powder, 1 1/4 teaspoon Cumin, 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt, 1/4 teaspoon Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon Ground Coriander, 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Place on the grill for 3-5 minutes, flip over and begin to baste with half of the sauce mixture.
  • Allow to cook for another 4-6 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken and baste the other side right before removing from the grill, and allow to cook for another minute.
  • Take the meat off of the grill and dip each piece in the remaining sauce then serve.


grilled chicken will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator


Serving: 1gCalories: 466kcalCarbohydrates: 37.2gProtein: 25.1gCholesterol: 146mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 35g
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: America's Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides

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