Kickin’ Lime Grilled Chicken

Kickin Lime Grilled Chicken

It has been a weird Spring here in Detroit. It was warm and beautiful and then it got rainy and cold again. And I am just OVER it! Let’s just bring summer here already! I am so ready for warm days and sunshine. Evenings in the backyard. Country music playing and sweet tea in hand. Warm wind in my face. And the smell of the grill cooking some really, really good food!

My kids are ready for those days too. And even though the last few days have barely hit 70 degrees, we have been outside and getting in the mud! The swing set, bikes, soccer balls, and playhouses are in full use. We are no longer waiting for actually summer. We decided to bring it in by sheer will! 

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My husband is the Grill Master in our house. But I am the Ultimate Marinator! With all of our years of countless dinners on the grill, we have found that marinating your meat before putting it on the grill is THE key to moist, flavorful, can’t stop eating meals! When I am thinking ahead on the dinner game, I try to marinate the meat we will be grilling the next day over night. 

When I tell you this Kickin’ Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is amazing… I am NOT lying! We had 15 chicken legs on the grill for our family. (we do have a big family!) And at the end of dinner we had one, ONE leg left! Chicken legs are perfect for the kids and let’s face it… They are easy on the budget! I picked up a bunch of legs on sale for $.82 a few weeks ago and stashed them in the freezer. We are blowing through this stock up fast! It’s unbelievable just how much food my family is eating now. 

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  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne (add more for more heat)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar (Optional. Can be added to tone down the heat)
  • 1/2 cup Lime Juice
  • 8-15 Chicken Legs


  1. Mix seasonings and lime juice together in a medium bowl.
  2. Place chicken in a sealable plastic bag and pour marinade over chicken. 
  3. Rub marinade into chicken until evenly distributed. 
  4. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Overnight is recommended.
  5. Grill for 35-50 minutes or until center is no longer pink and bloody.

Until those warm days of summer are here officially and I begin to complain about the heat, as we all eventually do… I will force those days upon us right now. Next up is the search for the perfect homemade coleslaw! Who’s ready for a picnic?!

Happy Summer Soon!

What is your favorite thing to grill? 

10 thoughts on “Kickin’ Lime Grilled Chicken

  • May 17, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Oh wow, that sounds AWESOME. I am definitely going to be trying this recipe soon!

  • May 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Okay this chicken sounds AMAZING!! I so enjoy my grill in the summer and I love trying new recipes. I am adding this to my summer menu.

  • May 17, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    I would love to try this on our grill. I love that you make so much!

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Oooh! This looks so yummy. Definitely “kickin.” My hubby is the grill man, too. I would love to surprise him with an amazing marinade.

  • May 18, 2016 at 4:26 am

    This sounds absolutely fantastic. We just got our propane tank refilled so I am definitely going to have to whip up this recipe. We are currently doing Whole30, so I would have to remove the sugar, but I think it would still be totally delicious!

    • May 18, 2016 at 11:49 am

      The sugar is totally optional! I just added it to tone down the heat for the kids. 🙂

  • May 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

    That sounds delicious. I am so ready for summer and grilling!

  • May 18, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Oh that sounds really good! I just took chicken out of the freezer for dinner tonight, I should make this!

  • May 18, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Grilled chicken is the bomb diggedty. My kids kove it!


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