Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs

My Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs are crisp and packed full of the delicious flavours of garlic and lime. The tasty marinade does all the work for you and you can just sit back and enjoy. 

Chicken thighs are my favourite 

I confess, I am a chicken thigh kinda girl. Whether it’s roast chicken or any other chicken, I prefer the dark thigh meat. It always seems to be more moist and has more flavour than the white breast meat. Having said that, I do not like eating thighs on the bone which is why I always choose to debone the thighs before cooking. 

This recipe is so versatile you can use whatever cut of chicken you prefer – on or off the bone. Whether you are remove the bones yourself or you buy them already deboned; make sure you thoroughly check all of the bones have been removed as sometimes there is the odd stray small piece of bone. Also remember if you are using chicken on the bone, you will need to cook the chicken for longer to make sure it is completely cooked through. 

If you would like even more delicious flavours for your Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs, buy chicken thighs with the skin still on. This crisps up when cooking and has the tasty flavours of the marinade which makes it even better. However, if you are trying to keep this recipe as healthy as possible like I did, remove the skin and you will still have yummy chicken. 

Does it matter how long I marinate the chicken for?

The longer this chicken marinates, the more flavour the chicken will take on. I recommend preparing this chicken in the morning and leaving it in the fridge for around six hours. If you leave it for longer than this, the lime juice could start to ‘cook’ the chicken so it may start to turn white. 

How is best to cook the Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs?

I love cooking these Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs on the BBQ where you can get lovely char marks and crisp the chicken up. But as the British weather is incredibly unpredictable, you can bake this in the oven just as easily. This also means you can enjoy the chicken all year round. 

How do you serve these Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs?

Eat these Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs hot or cold; either is very tasty. They can be served in so many different ways but I like to make a lightly spiced lime mayo that mirrors most of the flavours in the chicken. The chicken and lime mayo go really well with some salad in a flat bread which is one of my favourite ways to eat them. 

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Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs

My Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs are crisp and packed full of the delicious flavours of garlic and lime. The tasty marinade does all the work for you and you can just sit back and enjoy. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Chicken, Garlic, Lime
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinading time 6 hours
Servings 3
Calories 553 kcal
Author Curly


For the chicken

  • 500 g chicken thighs deboned
  • 2 limes zested
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 - 3 garlic cloves minced

For the lime mayo

  • 50 g light mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp garlic minced
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • pinch chilli powder I used chipotle


  1. Debone the chicken thighs if they aren't already and add them to a dish or a seal-able sandwich bag
  2. Add the rest of the marinade ingredients to the chicken and mix thoroughly. Allow to marinate for up to 6 hours
  3. Cook on the BBQ or in an oven set to 190ºC (fan assisted 210ºC non fan) for 20-25 mins turning half way

  4. For the lime mayo, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and serve with the chicken

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 553 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 166mg55%
Sodium 1030mg45%
Potassium 407mg12%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 152IU3%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 thoughts on “Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs

  1. Jenny Paulin

    I love garlic and lemon together , and while I have never though to use garlic and lime before, I can imagine it adds. wonderful flavour to meat. looks yummy Cat x

  2. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    I am a thigh girl too! I don’t mind breast, but I much prefer the flavour and texture of thigh. And that marinade sounds delicious! I am a huge lime and garlic fan…though I’d probably be tempted to throw a few spices in too…I just wouldn’t be able to help myself!! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare. Eb 🙂

    1. Cat Post author

      I completely get what you mean, I am always tempted with spices but I have to remind myself that not everyone loves them as much as I do! This recipe still provides flavour and hopefully you won’t miss the spice x


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