The Best Honey-Citrus Grilled Chicken

Take the “blah” out of boneless, skinless chicken by using a marinade! Chicken doesn’t have to be boring, let me prove it with my recipe for The Best Grilled Marinated Chicken! (It’s pretty good people) 🙂

Plain Chicken is No Good

It’s not. Especially if it’s boneless, skinless chicken breast. You might as well eat a piece of paper. Don’t do that. But seriously, it just doesn’t have any flavor. And this isn’t 1990 anymore…we’re not afraid of fat and other flavorful ingredients. So don’t torture yourself with boring chicken.

The Best Honey-Citrus Grilled Chicken

Now listen, anytime you use a marinade on chicken it will automatically make that chicken “the best.” Or at least “so much better” than plain chicken. So is this the best grilled chicken recipe? Well, I think it’s pretty darn good. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit savory with a tiny hint of citrus. Then when it’s grilled, well, it’s magical. And garnishing it with  a little green onion and crushed red pepper adds the perfect finishing touch!


The Best Grilled Chicken |

Now You Make It

Here’s the good news. Marinades are easy to make. Yep, they sure are. This one will take you less than 5 minutes to throw together. Then it’s just a matter of letting the marinade do its job on that chicken! I recommend marinating for at least 1 hour, but you could get away with 30 minutes if you’re in a rush. But, psssst, here’s a helpful piece of info, you can make the marinade THE NIGHT BEFORE if you know you’ll be struggling for time! Want to watch me make it? Head on over to IGTV or my YouTube channel and happy cooking!


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The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Sara Haas
  • Total Time: 10 minutes cooking (4 hours marinating)
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


If only boneless, skinless chicken could taste good. It can with this Best Grilled Chicken recipe! This one is a family favorite!


  • 1 ¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, if desired
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally.
  2. Mince the garlic. Sprinkle with salt, then using the blade of your knife, blend the salt into the garlic and smash until you form a paste*. Transfer to a bowl along with the soy sauce, lime juice, orange juice, honey and crushed red pepper, if you’re using it. Remove and reserve 2 tablespoons of the marinade. Pour the remaining marinade into a large, resealable bag. Add the chicken to the bag, remove the air from the bag, seal it and then toss to coat chicken in marinade. Place inside a bowl or other container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
  3. When ready to cook, preheat the grill to medium-high. Clean and lightly oil the grill grates. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Grill the chicken, flipping once halfway through cooking time, until internal temperature reaches 165’F, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Drizzle chicken with reserved marinade then garnish with sliced green onions and crushed red pepper, if desired.


*Not sure what I’m talking about? Watch me make it on IGTV or YouTube! I’ll show you! 🙂

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes + 4 hours marinating time
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill

Keywords: chicken, dinner, easy recipe, marinade, healthy, boneless skinless chicken, grilled