My mom and I started making this chicken probably when I was in high school. She found the recipe in Taste of Home Magazine and we tweaked it a bit for our tastes. I am not kidding when I say this is the most delicious chicken I’ve ever had in my life! The garlic, lime juice, and vinegar-based marinade makes the chicken so tangy and flavorful. All other marinades pale in comparison. You know when you go get a grilled chicken sandwich or chicken souvlaki somewhere and it tastes pretty yummy? I’m always like ehhh this is ok but it needs to be TANGIER. Enter Garlic Lime Chicken.
The key to this recipe is that the chicken must be marinated for at least 8 hours – preferably overnight.
This was my (very picky) husband’s first time trying it and he loved it and wants to make it every week now! Even if you happen to accidentally microwave leftovers too long and they turn into leather it will STILL taste amazing! I may or may not have just done this and devoured every bite… Unfortunately I didn’t take a pic of the prettiest pieces before we ate them for dinner so the chicken in the above photo is the sad and lonely misshapen leftovers. So without further ado, the recipe!
Garlic Lime Chicken
- 1/2 c lime juice (4 or 5 limes)
- 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
- 6 (yes, SIX) garlic cloves, minced
- 2t dried oregano
- 2t pepper (this is quite peppery but good! I may try a little less next time and see how it is)
- 1t salt
- 1t paprika
- 4-6 chicken breasts – butterflied in half will make it even tastier because there is more surface area!
Throw everything in a gallon-sized ziplock bag and put in the fridge to marinate for AT LEAST 8 hours or overnight. Flip the bag over halfway through so everything gets evenly coated. *Note – the acidity of the lime juice and vinegar will turn the outside of the chicken white while marinating (much like how a ceviche results in fish being “cooked” by the citrus) so don’t be alarmed if you see this*. Grill the chicken and be prepared to have your taste buds wowed!
Try it out and let me know how you liked it in the comments section!