Weeknight dinner made easy with honey lime chicken thighs! Simple, quick, and super flavorful.
Dinner Under 30-Minutes!
If you got 25-minutes, then you can easily make honey lime chicken thighs! Tender and juicy chicken simmered in a sweet and savory sauce. It’s a meal that kids and adults absolutely love!
The sauce is the star of the recipe. It’s incredibly easy to whip up and doubles up as a quick marinade. As it cooks, it’ll reduce and thicken, yielding the most perfect sauce for the chicken.
You’re Probably Wondering
You’re probably wondering what makes this recipe so quick and easy? It all comes down to boneless, skinless, chicken thighs.
Instead of using whole chicken thighs, these are cut into strips and cooked in only about 5 minutes! They serve easy and cook easy.
Not to mention, chicken thighs are inexpensive, incredibly moist, and tender.
The Secret is All in the Sauce
What makes this recipe so delicious is the honey lime sauce. It doubles up as a yummy marinade for the chicken and also as a sauce to serve. Not to mention, it’s really easy to whip up.
You’ll need the following ingredients for the honey lime sauce:
- soy sauce
- lime juice
- lime zest
- red pepper flakes
- kosher salt
The key to honey lime sauce is to use fresh lime juice, fresh garlic, and fresh ginger. Skip the bottled stuff!
How to Make Honey Lime Chicken Thighs
In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, ginger, red pepper, flakes, and salt.
In a separate bowl, toss the chicken with 1/4 cup of the sauce. Then leave at room temperate to marinate for 15 minutes.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until barely cooked through.
Pour the remaining sauce into the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for about a minute or until it reduces and slightly thickens.
Turn off the heat. Stir in butter, and then the sesame seeds and green onions.
Serve this dish over rice, alongside roasted veggies, or add honey lime chicken to your favorite Asian-inspired salad. Here are a few serving suggestions:
- Rice: Cooked white rice or brown rice works great. For a low carb option, cauliflower rice is a great alternative. And if you’re craving more flavor, Pineapple Rice or Cilantro-Lime Coconut Rice will add a nice punch of flavor.
- Roasted Veggies: Keep this meal light and healthy by serving roasted veggies alongside the chicken, such as roasted green beans or roasted broccoli.
- Salad: One of my personal favorites, a salad topped with chicken. Serve this chicken over Chili Garlic Rice Noodle Salad or Asian Chopped Salad.
More Easy Chicken Recipes:
- Grilled Chicken Tenders
- Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kebabs
- Roasted Bone-In Chicken Breast
- Easy Chicken Vegetable Curry
Weeknight dinner made easy with these honey lime chicken thighs! They are simple, quick, and super flavorful.
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- Zest 1 lime
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. grated ginger
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, cut into strips
- 1–2 Tbsp. avocado oil or other high heat oil
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
- 1–2 green onions, sliced
- In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, toss the chicken with 1/4 cup of the sauce. Leave at room temperature to marinate for 15 minutes.
- Heat avocado oil in a large skillet (at least 12-inch or bigger) over medium-high heat. With a pair of tongs, remove the chicken from the marinade and add to the pan, discarding the leftover marinade. Cook 3-4 minutes, or until barely cooked through, while stirring frequently.
- Pour the remaining sauce into the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for about a minute while it slightly reduces and thickens, while stirring with the chicken.
- Turn off the heat, stir in the butter. Then top with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve over cooked white, brown, or cauliflower rice.
Keywords: easy, take out, chinese, healthy