Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken [+ Video]

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.


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Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken

Oh my goodness, this chicken!! Sticky honey lime grilled chicken is our new favorite!
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Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: America's Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides
Keyword: bbq, chicken, chicken thighs, grilled
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 8 boneless chicken thighs
  • oil

for the sauce

  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of honey

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.2g | Protein: 25.1g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 35g
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45 comments on “Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken [+ Video]”

  1. Absolutely delicious! Thank you! I did have a quick question… Do you have the nutritional info on this??? If not, it’s ok. I was curious 🙂 TIA!

  2. I cooked this recipe on my Green Egg this week and it was awesome!!! The family loved it. Definitely am planning to do this again one weekend with friends.

  3. We had high winds last weekend with power outages, meaning no heat either, so I made this on the grill. It seems to taste better under those circumstances than it did over the summer!! Family bragged around about how well they ate with no power. We have been asked to share the recipe. Our windy power outage weather isn’t over yet.

  4. We made your recipe tonight. 5 stars!!! : )

  5. I cook all of the time and am always looking for something new to try. This was a hit and I love things that go on the grill. The less clean up the better.
    Simple and yummy, thanks.

  6. I have never commented on a recipe before, but this was the best grilled chicken ever.

  7. we made this for dinner tonight, YUM! It was a team effort, I prepped the chicken and made the sauce and my hubby grilled, basted and dunked. He ate 3 pieces! It was a family hit, my kids called it candy chicken. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. I made this as kabobs with sweet onion ,yellow pepper, orange pepper and pineapple. Soooo good!!!

  9. Home run recipe. Loved it! Thanks for sharing and the write up. This is going in my keepers list.

  10. Because my husband works late & has nearly not enough time to start up the bbq pit, is it at all possible to try this recipe in the oven?

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  13. Definitely will be a tasty, easy disg for anything. Served with baked .
    potatoes, regular or twice baked! Plus corn on cob, of course.

    THEN, if you have any leftovers the lemon and spice flavors will marry very nice with BBQ sauce to make Pulled Chicken sandwiches. Even easier because you’re using cooked cooked chicken and only have to add the BBQ sauce!

  14. I’m so glad I stopped by today. The Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken has just been added to my recipe box!

  15. Made this chicken for company yesterday (using chicken breast b/c it was all I had) and it was DELICIOUS! Super easy to prepare and full of flavor. The chicken stayed moist and I can’t wait for the leftovers 🙂

  16. Did you use bone in or boneless chicken thighs?

  17. When you just read the recipe it appears that you only have to cook the chicken 8 minutes total. It clearly states in the blog that you grilled them til almost done, but someone looking at just the recipe (and is new to grilling) might end up with a really raw chicken dinner.

  18. Delicious! Making it again very soon!!!Goes great with the Strawberry Salad with Brown Sugar Almonds, which is also delish!!!!! Thank you Cariann!

  19. YUM! What did you serve this with? I’m taking my thighs out of the freezer to defrost now!

  20. I agree – thighs are the best and juiciest cut! These sound like the perfect summer grill-out dish – adding it to the menu for when the hubs gets back!

  21. This chicken looks soooo delicious! Love the combination of the lime, vinegar & honey. Pinned!

  22. Love the flavors and ease of this recipe. Totally agree with you about the thighs, perfect choice!

  23. Love this flavor combo for the grill!