Chipotle Lime Chicken

I’ve been on the hunt for the best chicken breast marinade for a taco salad… and alas, I think I have found it! I eat so much chicken so this Chipotle Lime Chicken is the best thing since… well, the Montreal Chicken Leg recipe! This recipe is packed full of flavor and great for a taco salad or fajita board.

Chipotle Lime Chicken

I’m really over tacos. I am ready for a tasty chicken breast with the flavor of a taco without all of the calories. Oh, and must be easy. I can’t do any of those marinate overnight recipes. This girl has no patience for that. Dinner on the table in 30 minutes or else!

Cinco de Mayo… or any other day 🙂

As I am posting this – we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo. You might not be able to use this recipe tonight in your festivities – but it is a great one to pin and keep on hand! I make a batch of this chicken almost every week to keep because it’s just that good.

Pro Tip: If you make this Chipotle Lime Chicken ahead of time for your taco salad and keep in fridge all week – putting the chicken in your air fryer to crisp up! When you take it out – squeeze a bit of fresh lime juice on it! Makes all the difference.

This marinade can also double as a dressing. If you make a little extra, or don’t use all of it – you can most certainly use it on your taco salad with your chicken! Nothing like a two-for-one deal right?

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Chipotle Lime Chicken

Chipotle Lime Chicken

  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 chicken breasts 1x


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped finely
  • Juice of 1 full lime
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic 
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder (mixture of garlic powder, chipotle powder, and smoked paprika)
  • salt and pepper to taste (I usually add 2 tsp salt)
  • red pepper flakes to taste (I don’t use this.. it makes it too spicy)


  1. Whisk ingredients together. If you plan to use some as a dressing, separate that into another container and refrigerate. 
  2. Add the rest to a shallow bowl and put chicken breast (can be nugget size, tender size, or full breast) in the bowl and let chicken soak in the marinade. 
  3. Heat pan on med-high with a bit of butter or olive oil to grill chicken on both sides until done. 
  4. Note: I like to slice chicken breast once cooked and put on salad that way. 


Pro tip: Grill the chicken in batches to avoid excess water released in pan – it messes with the marinade!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

So do me a favor. When you love this recipe as much as I do, will you post about it? Will you tag me on Instagram or Facebook? Will you share this post with your friends? I hope you do!

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I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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