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I love cooking with chicken thighs – they are so easy to handle, and always come out moist and juicy. Can’t really go wrong with this cut of meat. You’ll love this simple recipe – perfect for a quick, weeknight dinner, and very budget-friendly too!


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Honey Lime Chicken Thighs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Honey Lime Chicken Thighs


  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 7 or 8 chicken thighs (depends on your skillet size)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • green onions, chopped
  • 1 lime, sliced (for garnish only)


  1. In a small bowl combine lime juice, honey, soy sauce.
  2. Salt the chicken thighs with 1/2 teaspoon of salt (or more) thoroughly, all over, including under the skin.
  3. In 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs, skin side down, and cook for about 5 minutes until the chicken skin side gets nicely browned (make sure to get really nice brown, not just pale brown - it makes a difference in presentation).
  4. Turn chicken, so that skins sides are up and add lime-honey mixture to the skillet. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 14 to 18 minutes longer or until done (chicken should register 180 degrees F on instant thermometer). While cooking, covered, chicken thighs will release their own juices, as well.
  5. Transfer chicken to plates. Drizzle chicken with pan juices. Top with chopped green onions and serve with lime slices.



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  • Myfoodpassion September 5, 2015, 8:15 am

    This looks so delicious! Draws you in with the vibrant colors.

  • Ai Ping | Curious Nut September 12, 2015, 2:58 am

    These looks amazing. I love thighs too…unlike my breast lover hubs. :p

  • Amy September 15, 2015, 11:26 am

    Is there supposed to be cilantro in the recipe somewhere? I would assume so, based on the title, but it doesn’t seem to be there.

    • Joshua November 9, 2016, 5:59 pm

      Stung as the word nor the picture cilantro ever steps for in this recipe, I would assume it safe to say read before you comment.

  • [email protected].com September 15, 2015, 8:24 pm

    Where is the cilantro?

  • Lisa Verco September 17, 2015, 7:28 pm

    Hi Julia, this recipe sounds delicious and I want to try it but your list of ingredients don’t mention how much cilantro to use. Is it the same as the green onion?

  • jenn kaebnick September 24, 2015, 12:33 pm

    I saw this on pinterest as “cilantro lime honey chicken” but never saw any cilantro anywhere. Im assuming just chop it and add it to the honey lime mixture? Thanks!

  • Linda Borshay January 20, 2016, 1:52 pm

    Headline on Pinterest is cilantro honey lime chicken, but the printed recipe title is Honey Lime Chicken… guess I’ll just provide fresh sprigs of cilantro on the side with lime slices. Takes me back to Asia!

  • Luna February 1, 2016, 12:19 pm

    Green onion = cilantro 😛

    • Laura August 27, 2016, 12:07 pm

      Scallion = green onion
      Cilantro = a leafy herb similar to parsley in appearance (but not flavour). The leaves of the corriander plant.

      • Jaclyn Bartlett May 20, 2017, 7:05 pm

        Girl it was a joke.

  • thecorneliusclan February 5, 2016, 6:08 pm

    Personally I don’t see any cilantro in the pictures… only green onion.

  • Lottie February 7, 2016, 9:04 am

    What would you recommend serving with this? Really want to cook this for friends.

  • Holly February 9, 2016, 1:02 pm

    I noticed that there isn’t any cilantro in the ingredients list. How much to use if any?From the picture it appears to look like there is some chopped garlic on the chicken as well, is there any and if so how much?

  • KjH February 10, 2016, 8:32 am

    The picture that accompanies this recipe shows minced garlic on the chicken, cooked green onions and zero cilantro… The caption indicates there is cilantro in this dish and it isn’t included in the recipe, nor is garlic. This image is very misleading, a picture of the actual product cooked from your recipe should be on this post.

  • nurit February 17, 2016, 8:38 pm

    Can i do the same thing in the oven and not the skillet if so is there any change to the direction

  • Robin February 28, 2016, 10:49 am

    Can I use boneless skinless thighs for this recipe?

  • Bernadette March 13, 2016, 5:42 pm

    I made this and the flavors are amazing! Tangy! Sweet and delicious. I couldn’t stop eating this delectable dish. I served it with jasmine rice seasoned with lime zest and garlic. Wow! I am going to make this my go- to-meal for life!

  • Nicholas Hedges April 18, 2016, 6:33 pm

    I made this recipe tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since I live alone, I only used two chicken thighs, but kept the quantities for the sauce the same. I was concerned that the soy sauce would make it too salty and over bearing, so I thought of leaving it out, but I didn’t and was glad of that, since it complimented the lime juice so well. Instead of using the lime slices as a garnish, I laid them atop the chicken thighs while they were cooking. Served simply over boiled rice and then drizzled with some of the pan juices, this dish was very tasty. I will certainly make it again and add it to my favourites.

  • Michelle K April 24, 2016, 6:09 pm

    Whe. I make this I typically use about 1/2 cup chopped cilantro that I add about 5 minutes before its done. I also add about 1/4 cup of chopped Serrano peppers when I add in the honey-lime mixture to give it a little extra zing. It’s a wonderful recipe. I’ve never been a fan of chicken thighs until I had these!

  • Emily April 25, 2016, 9:06 pm

    Too sweet, I could cut the honey in half, and maybe even less then that. And add more soy sauce or salt.

    The dark meat of the thigh does not pair well with that very sweet sauce.

  • jacki April 25, 2016, 9:55 pm

    …nice try…but will not be doing it again! The sauce, because of the honey, was not something we could pour over the chicken. And there as no flavor of lime in the chicken….

  • Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook May 8, 2016, 10:50 am

    Chicken thigh is my favorite part of chicken. These look so good. I am saving the recipe to try soon. 🙂

    PS: I hope you to see you and your delicious recipes at our party at Fiesta Friday http://fiestafriday.net

  • Sarah May 12, 2016, 4:27 pm

    This recipe looks great! I am litterally cooking it right now. But I don’t see anything about cilantro except in the title. Am I blind?

  • Sara May 12, 2016, 11:10 pm

    So it looks like there is garlic in pictures, but it doesn’t say there is any in the recipe. Please let me know if there is any. I made this for my family. They loved it. But I’m thinking if I had garlic it would’ve taken it to the next level.

    Will be making this again!!!!!

  • Dani May 20, 2016, 2:32 am

    Amazing recipe! My family loved it. I substituted a few pieces of thighs for breasts and it was perfect!

  • Hali June 27, 2016, 7:56 pm

    I made this and broccoli tots tonight. The chicken was good, but covering it to finish cooking makes the skins inedible. They get super soggy and ick. I should have known when I covered it, but I was paying attention tof other things. I think maybe finishing in the oven would be a much better idea.

    • TR September 5, 2016, 7:36 pm

      So glad you mentioned the soggy skin. That would have been a sad disappointment.

  • Beeker July 20, 2016, 5:42 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner. I noticed the picture had garlic but there was nothing mentioned in the recipe. I decided to follow the recipe. We were not thrilled with the results. The chicken didn’t really retain any of the flavor from the lime mixture.

  • Freedom August 23, 2016, 5:52 pm

    An answer from the author about the cilantro in the title and the the garlic in the pic would be awesome! Several have asked, it’s kind of rude not to reply.

  • Christina September 29, 2016, 6:18 pm

    Recipe was delicious! Thank you!

  • Wendy October 27, 2016, 9:07 pm

    I also don’t get the cilantro ingredient from the photos nor the recipe. In the photo I t looks like there is chopped garlic pieces in the dish as well.

  • Sabrina November 1, 2016, 5:50 pm

    Can you use chicken wings with this recipe

    • Julia December 20, 2016, 6:08 pm

      Yes, chicken wings will taste great here!

  • Marta November 19, 2016, 11:44 am

    I love lime honey chicken. I like adding grated lime peel and instead of frying put it in the oven in ovenproof dish. I usually serve it with rice. It’s delicious!

    • Julia December 20, 2016, 4:41 pm

      I like the idea of lime peel! Baked chicken thighs are delicious – great tips, thank you!

    • Christi Patterson April 26, 2017, 7:14 pm

      How long did you bake it for?

  • Zuluman January 16, 2017, 8:35 am

    Hi i love every thing,I’m a man who enjoy to cook for my family. So I even feel to go to school for cooking. Please give me your advice,my i buy cooking books or go to school.

    • Julia January 31, 2017, 3:15 am

      Good for you that you cook for your family! I think Pinterest and cooking books are enough for making simple dishes for your family. 🙂

  • Dave February 19, 2017, 11:09 am

    The apparent degree of illiteracy is astounding! This recipe in no way implies nor mentions cilantro-not in the title, not in the ingredient list, not in the directions. How are so many of you are asking about it? Pitiful! And to the one asking if you can use skinless boneless thighs-duh! Do you even know how to cook?

    • Steve April 7, 2017, 7:31 pm

      I’m with you Dave! How can anyone read something into a recipe that simply isn’t there?

    • Jaclyn May 20, 2017, 7:10 pm

      The title used to be Cilantro Lime Honey Chicken Thighs. It even still says that in the URL for the recipe, so it’s only natural that people question the lack of the ingredient. And to the people asking if they can use skinless boneless thighs-ask away! I think it’s great that they’re trying to expand their culinary horizons. Dave, maybe try being a little less rude, and you may have a happier life 🙂

  • Monica Loke March 11, 2017, 12:14 am

    Thanks for the delicious recipe. Made this today but with several adjustments.

    Added more honey due to the strong tart taste of the lime from 2 tbsp. to 3 to 3.5 tbsp. Added an extra tbsp. of soy sauce from 1 to 2 tbsp.
    Added 4 cloves of garlic and 1 inch of ginger, both minced.

    Cook down the sauce (lime juice, soy and honey) with the minced garlic and ginger to 1/4 cup.

    Seared the chicken thighs skin down until golden brown. Turn off the stove top. Coat the chicken thighs in the sauce and drizzle the rest on top and bake (skin side up) at 400 for 15 to 18 minutes. Enjoy.

    • Julia March 13, 2017, 10:32 pm

      Great tips, Monica! Thank you for stopping by and taking time to write such a thoughtful comment – I love those, gives me better insights into the recipes. 🙂

  • Susan Gravina April 6, 2017, 9:54 am

    I made these last night and they were FANTASTIC!! We absolutely loved them, and they were easy as pie! I loved the lime-honey-soy mixture just as is. I never understand why people don’t just make a recipe as written and then adjust it later if need be! This comes out beautifully balanced. I basted the chicken with the pan sauce every few min. or so while cooking. Made it with Arroz Verde for a delicious pairing! Thanks for a great recipe – this will be one of my regular dishes from now on!

  • Stephanie May 4, 2017, 4:36 pm

    Best ever. I’ve made this almost 10 times now.

  • Teresa June 12, 2017, 7:57 pm

    Tried this recipe tonight and the lime flavor was overbearing. I think it was just way too much. Made a second batch and just left the lime juice out and sprinkled garlic powder on chicken along with the salt.

  • Constance June 12, 2017, 11:13 pm

    Even tho this ie an old Recipe.
    I google cheapest way to prepare chicken thighs, you popbup i made it
    OMG! It WAS the BOMB! Thxs

  • Shelby August 30, 2017, 2:00 am

    This was a big hit at my house tonight. The chicken flavor was less strong than I expected, but all around everyone loved it.

    • Julia August 30, 2017, 5:26 am

      Thank you, Shelby, I am glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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