Anything cooked on a grill, with slight burn marks, is totally fine by me. Nothing is better than perfectly cooked chicken, tender veggies, or in my husband’s words “a big slab of steak” cooked over an open flame. There are a ton of grilled chicken recipes out there, but this is one of my all time favorites! Fire Cracker Lime Chicken is an easy, juicy, tender chicken recipe that is perfect in every way. You start with a simple marinade and end up with a flavor packed meal everyone will love.
This healthy & flavorful recipe is a great alternative to the same old grilled chicken dinner. The combination of spicy cayenne and tangy lime juice creates an amazingly addictive meal. My hubby recently said it was the best chicken I’ve ever made him! I wasn’t too sure if I believed him at the moment, or if he was just trying to be sweet. Then I saw him devour it…so I guess he was telling the truth :). I can’t tell you how many times I have tortured him with my recipes. Let’s be honest, a lot of them are major fails, haha. But, I love that he is my personal taste tester. When I make something healthy, vegan, or gluten free and he loves it, I know you will too!
To create the marinade, combine the juice of 2 limes, 2 Tbsp dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp paprika, 2 Tbsp jalapeno ketchup, 2 Tbsp olive oil, and a dash of salt/pepper. I like to use Heinz jalapeno ketchup for this recipe because it adds a little extra heat that I love. But, feel free to use regular ketchup for your recipe if you like. Next, slice the chicken breast into strips, pour marinade over it and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hr. I prefer to slice the chicken so the marinade covers more of it. The longer it marinates, the better! I typically put the chicken in the marinade in the morning and let it sit all day. When you are ready to start cooking, place the marinated chicken on your grill, and cook for about 5-10 minutes, depending how thick your chicken breasts are. Once chicken is finished grilling, remove and let cool. You can enjoy the chicken as is, or chop it into smaller chunks and top a salad or pasta with it. There are so many possibilities!
Make a dinner the whole family will enjoy with this marinated spicy chicken that is grilled to perfection every time.
- 1-2 large chicken breasts
- 2 limes
- 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 Tbsp jalapeno ketchup
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- To create marinade, combine the juice of 2 limes, 2 Tbsp dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp paprika, 2 Tbsp jalapeno ketchup, 2 Tbsp olive oil, and a dash of salt/pepper.
- Slice chicken breast into strips, pour marinade over chicken and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hr. (the longer it marinates, the better!).
- Place marinated chicken on grill, and cook for about 5-10 minutes, depending how thick your chicken breast is.
- Once chicken is finished grilling, remove and let cool.