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Key West Chicken Recipe
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Key West Chicken
It's the hint of lime that makes this marinade for grilled chicken so delicious. See more
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Key West Chicken

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"This recipe from the Florida Keys has been given to almost everyone I know. It is the best marinade for chicken, and it only takes 30 minutes from prep till you can grill! It's a great blend of flavors with honey, soy sauce, and lime juice. If you have time, try marinating overnight for the fullest flavor."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a shallow container, blend soy sauce, honey, vegetable oil, lime juice, and garlic. Place chicken breast halves into the mixture, and turn to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Discard marinade, and grill chicken 6 to 8 minutes on each side, until juices run clear.
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  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cook time, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 09, 2005

Awesome!! I made this chicken last night on the grill, and it left me wanting more! After reading some of the reviews I did tweak this to my liking. I prepared the marinade the night before. I first started with 1 batch, and realizing how little it makes, so I decided to double the recipe. I used all together 3 tbsp soy sauce, doubling calls for 6, so I cut in half, about 3 tbsp of honey, 2 tbsp oil, juice from 2 fresh limes(squeezed dry), 2 tsp of garlic, and chicken(I used chicken tenders). Lowering the soy sauce and upping the honey and lime juice is key. I can see how the soy could become a prominent flavor. I marinated over night, turning once. The next day I grilled on low, and the chicken came out tender, juicy, and full of flavor. The flavor was very well blended. You could taste just a hint of everything. My family loved this. There were no leftovers disappointingly. The next time I will be sure to make a little extra marinade and set it aside. This would be great to have on hand at dinner for an extra kick of flavor and juices. Also, I served this with the oven roasted potatoes from this site, and asparagus (which we put on the grill with the chicken). I topped everything off with some fresh parmesan and romano cheese.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 27, 2004

This recipe was boring and lacked the flavor I was expecting. I made a few changes. I upped the lime juice, lowered the soy sauce, used tenderloins instead of breasts and left it to marinade overnight. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either and it left my friend and I longing for more flavor. I probably will not be making this again.

Aug 17, 2003

This chicken was SO good! I managed to grill it perfectly, and it was very moist. I served it with cilantro lime rice, tropical fruit salad and a green salad. What a great meal. Oh, and the chicken was even better the next day on toasted bread with melted cheese, deli mustard and sliced tomatoes (my husband's creation). Thanks!

Aug 29, 2003

My husband & I loved the flavors of this dish! The ingredients really blended well together, adding some sweetness to the dish. I marinated the chicken overnight & then placed them in a tin foil-lined pan (with the marinade, and baked in a 350 degree preheated oven for 25 minutes. I served it with steamed white rice, drizzled with the cooked sauce. Next time I will definitely try them grilled!

Jan 25, 2004

Wonderful! I read past reviews, added the juice of one lime and doubled the honey. I didn't marinade it whatsoever (since this was a spur of the moment dinner). What I did was used wings and legs, seasoned it with pepper, then placed it in a shallow baking dish, poured the marinade over them and baked them in the oven for about 45 mins (turning them every so often). Served these with a medley of veggies and rice (which I ladled the marinade over). Everyone loved it!

Aug 29, 2003

I marinaded this overnight and in the morning threw some shrimp in, too. It was incredible! Great taste and very tender chicken.

Aug 29, 2003

This is an easy and quick marinade that you are sure to enjoy. Even my very picky husband thought this was delicious and we'll definitely make it again. It went well with grilled potatoes and if anyone knows of another good side dish for this chicken, I would love the suggestion. I marinaded the chicken breasts for a little over 8 hours and after grilling them, they were so tender and had wonderful flavor. Excellent recipe!

Aug 23, 2003

This is a great marinade. I added a healthy pinch of curry powder and some toasted seasame seeds and to it and marinaded some beef cubes overnight - best BBQ kebabs I have ever made!


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  • Calories
  • 184 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 6.2 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 25.3 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 735 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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