Baked Honey Lime Chicken

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Baked Honey Lime Chicken with just 4 total ingredients browned then baked in the same skillet and the results are crispy, citrusy, sweet and tender.

Baked Honey Lime Chicken with just 4 total ingredients browned then baked in the same skillet and the results are crispy, citrusy, sweet and tender. Baked Honey Lime Chicken

Baked Honey Lime Chicken is packed with flavor with practically no effort whatsoever and just a small handful of ingredients. This dish is one of our go-to’s when we’re low on ingredients since we’ve got a lime tree in our backyard.

Honey Lime Chicken hits all your taste buds with sweet from honey, savory from the chicken, umami from the soy sauce and acidity from the lime juice. The only flavor missing? Spice. Add some if you’d like with either 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder or 1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce.

How to cook this chicken?

You can make this honey lime chicken basically any single way you want.

  • Cook it in the slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours.
  • Cook it on your grill (I’d double the sauce to baste while cooking)
  • Cook it through in your skillet (I’d use boneless skinless thighs for this)

The easiest chicken you'll ever make, 4 ingredient honey lime chicken.

The flavors in this dish are so simple and completely craveable you’ll enjoy this “sauce” as much as we do. Plus its a pantry dish, assuming you have a lime.  Soy sauce and honey are just sort of always hanging around in our pantry so this recipe takes no planning.

Want to pump up the flavors with more ingredients? Add some minced garlic and ginger, the flavors are literally finger licking good (I’d use two cloves of garlic and 1 tablespoon ginger paste or minced ginger).

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Tools used in the making of Baked Honey Lime Chicken:
Cast Iron Skillet: This is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Pig Tail Flipper: I use this to flip the chicken without damaging the skin and its super easy. I use this tool EVERY time I cook something that requires flipping, it is amazing.


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Baked Honey Lime Chicken

  • Yield: 5 Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American/Mexican
Baked Honey Lime Chicken with just 4 total ingredients browned then baked in the same skillet and the results are crispy, citrusy, sweet and tender.


  • 1/4 cup  honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 5 chicken thighs bone in and skin on


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a bowl or plastic bag and mix them together well.
  3. In a large cast iron or oven ready skillet add the chicken on medium high heat and brown with the skin side down for 3-5 minutes.

  4. Flip the chicken over so the skin side is up.
  5. Add on the remaining marinade and roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 5 Servings, Amount per serving: calories

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  1. I want to make this, but the directions seem confusing and lacking some vital information.
    1. Mix all ingredients together. (Including the chicken? Do you marinate the chicken?)
    2. Brown chicken in skillet. (With a bit of oil? Do you remove it from the sauce before browning? Do you add the sauce back into the skillet before putting it in the oven?)

    It sounds like a nice marinade to be sure, maybe with some minced garlic and ginger for extra flavor?

    1. 1. Yes, all four ingredients.
      2. Nope no need to add oil, the good thing about browning with the chicken thigh is it renders the fat which is why I start with skin side down. If you’re nervous about sticking you can start at a lower heat to allow some of the fat to render more first or add a bit of oil. I do it in a dry skillet without issue though.
      3. You can definitely pour the rest of the sauce over it when it goes in the oven. Most of the flavor is coming from what is on the chicken though as it will run into the rest of the skillet. (I’ll add that into the recipe, thanks!)

  2. If I make this in a slow cooker, do I need to add anything else to it besides the 4 main ingredients? This looks so delicious but I need more dinners to be ready when we get home from work!

  3. I made it, it was really easy and so delicious!!! I will be sharing this recipe with family members as a “quick and easy” week night meal. 

    Rating: 5
    1. You know it’s a winner when they ask for the recipe! Thanks for coming back to let me know how much you all enjoyed it!