Sweet Honey-Lime Chicken Recipe
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Sweet Honey-Lime Chicken Recipe

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You'll love this combination! With honey, white wine, lime juice and ginger, the chicken makes a spectacular, slightly sweet grilled entree. —Ann Nisewonder, Dallas, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked couscous, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half : 186 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch.


  1. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, whisk wine, honey, lime juice and ginger; add to chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate 2 hours, turning once.
  2. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 5-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°. If desired, serve with couscous. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Honey Lime Chicken in Healthy Cooking June/July 2010, p47

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Andrea Love User ID: 7097133 158819
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"Very moist. I would probably add more lime next time but it is definitely being added to my do again list!"

GrandmaMaggie User ID: 7278693 99514
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"i did it on the grill and it stayed very juicy and very flavorable. my grandkids loved it"

Blessings1943 User ID: 6585416 172379
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

"I would make the recipe again but would use fresh ginger and garlic. I substituted chicken broth for the wine, and felt there was not enough presence of the citrus, so would use the zest of the lime and maybe a teaspoonful of dried chili flakes in the marinade. It was a bit bland for my family's taste but we felt that we could play with the recipe and have a good product."

sportsfangll User ID: 6338788 155329
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

"I made this with no changes to the recipe and it was completely tasteless. No one in the family liked it. It was moist, but boiled chicken is moist. I want something with a little flavor."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 172378
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"Came out moist and tender. I marinated it all day and thought it didn't take on the honey and lime flavors as well as I would have liked. I might reserve some marinade and make a sauce next time."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 170901
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"YUM! We had no white wine so we used chicken broth. Very tasty!

~ Theresa"

Eagle00072 User ID: 1099077 170899
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"This was delicious. The chicken comes out so moist and tender. I marinated my chicken pieces for five hours and felt it was a little bland, and I even included the zest of the lime. I will definately make this again, and before increasing some of the ingrediants to my taste."

wallynbob User ID: 4044044 110934
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"easy and tasty"

ameeadora06 User ID: 6220497 171165
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"This was delicious! So simple and so flavorful! Definitely my new favorite marinade for chicken!!"

chellenic User ID: 1730685 139958
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"My family loved this. Great taste."

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