Double Delicious Grilled Chicken

Hands-On Time: 20min
Ready In: 2h
Yield: 8 servings
Double Delicious Grilled Chicken

Another delicious dinner! This is an absolute favorite summer meal. The chicken is so, so succulently excellent: tangy, herby, and mouth-watering. The pre-cooking marinade makes it delightfully tender and seasoned, but then the post-cooking marinade introduces all the fantastic and fragile flavor component -- the herbs and citrus zest and garlic -- that would have burned off on the grill. Also, since you slice up the grilled chicken, you maximize the flavor-absorbing surface area. You will be a hero to your family and dinner guests. Seriously.


Chicken and First Marinade:

Second Marinade:

Our chicken breasts were really quite small -- around 2 pounds total. If yours are large, buy four and halve each into two skinny cutlets.


  1. Stir together the lime juice, soy sauce, olive oil, and salt, then pour it over the chicken in a large dish, tossing the chicken to make sure it's all covered with the marinade.
  2. Cover the dish and leave the chicken in the fridge to marinate for an hour or so (too much longer than that and the acid in the lime juice can make it mushy).
  3. Whisk together the ingredients of the second marinade, and set aside.
  4. Preheat your grill or broiler, and grill or broil the chicken (drained from its first marinade, which you then discard) turning it once, until it's cooked through, around 3 or 4 minutes per side.
  5. Let the chicken rest for a minute, then slice it against the grain and toss it with the second marinade in a wide serving dish. Serve warm or at room temperature.
There are many different ways to make this, of course: sometimes I use lemons instead of limes, and switch the herbs to lemon thyme and parsley, or else basil. Yum. Sometimes I add a bit of chopped shallot or scallion to the first marinade or a bit of chipotle puree to the second. Sometimes, I leave some of the grilled chicken out of the second marinade and serve it plain. It is still delicious, just not so zingy. As you would imagine, this chicken also makes an excellent addition to salads.
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double delicious grilled chicken

This was exceptional! All 5 of us loved the chicken! It was easy to make, I have the ingredients on hand most of the time—this will certainly be made regularly at our house! It's so tasty—the second marinade is what does it. The lime zest and garlic make it so delicious. A perfect way to start the spring!

eating double delicious grilled chicken

Joaquin ate seconds, and really enjoyed it: "I like the flavor of the chicken. I love lime." Diego ate seconds and even asked for thirds! "Mom, put an exclamation point after this like I'm yelling it: It's Awesome!" Lorenzo ate his serving before the other boys were even at the table! Then he "helped" Juan eat more. Renz really seemed to love it -- quote: "More!!"

eating chicken with dad

This was so flavorful. It didn't need anything else to dress it up. I think it'd be great with rice or over a bed of lettuce. I thought we made enough to have leftovers, but the five of us gobbled it down!

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