Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lime and Chili Herb Grilled Chicken

So I've been wanting to try my Lime Thyme in a chicken marinade for a while.... I'm not sure what took me so long, but I finally found some time this weekend....

I threw together this marinade from a few ingredients I had lying around from my garden in addition to the lime thyme... I was a little skeptical at first, but was pleasantly surprised by the final result

Ingredients for Marinade
This made enough marinade for two chicken breasts, it may cover more, but two was all I had

3 Limes
2 Chili Peppers (I used 1 jalapeno an 1 red chili pepper from the garden) sliced
4 Crushed Garlic cloves
3 Tbsp Olive Oils
Herbs (any would work)
     - Several Sprigs of Lime Thyme
     - Tarragon
     - Rosemary
1 Scallion thinly sliced  (I threw that in after the picture was taken)

1. Juice 3 Limes into a bow
2. Add in sliced chili peppers, sliced scallions and crushed garlic
3. Add olive oil
4. Pour Marinade over chicken in a ziploc bag
5. Add fresh herbs whole into the bag as well
6. Seal bag and marinate overnight in the refrigerator
7. Once your grill is hot, pull out the chicken and top with a pinch of salt and pepper
8. Grill over high heat for 3 min/side
9. Put chicken off to the side or lower heat for 10 min (I did it on a charcoal grill and just put it to the side)
10. Let it rest, and enjoy :)

Final Product

I really was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and juiciness of the chicken!

Maybe next weekend I'll have to try something different with the herbs...

Hope you're having a great weekend!


  1. Ali --I know this is old but I just bought a beautiful lime thyme plant and was crushed to read on the internet that it is not used for cooking and has no true citrus flavor... The smell is amazing and I chewed a leaf and found it to be clearly citrusy--have you had anymore culinary experiences with it?

  2. Hi Wanda! Its very funny you should ask this question, my mother just bought some Lime Thyme and it said the same thing that it said ornamental on it. I can tell you I have used my same plant for 3 years and am still alive :-) I am not sure why they would say its ornamental only. It is the same family and species as Lemon Thyme commonly used in cooking, its just a different cultivar.

    I will check with a friend who is far more wiser than I on herbs and see what she has to say! I'll be sure to let you know. Thanks for stopping by!