Key West Grilled Chicken

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Enjoy the flavors of summer ANY time of year with this delicious key west grilled chicken recipe!

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The wonderful part about this recipe is that it doesn’t take long for the meat to marinate, which means it’s a quick delicious throw together meal during the busy work week. It’s a versatile chicken recipe- the flavors of honey and lime are complemented well with a touch of garlic and cilantro. If you happen to have a bit of mango- a tablespoon or two finely minced impart a tropical flavor that can’t be beaten!

If you prefer a spicier kick to your chicken, you can substitute a red jalapeno pepper for the red bell pepper, the honey and jalapeno combined to create a delectable sweet heat that you’re sure to love!

Here’s the low-down on how to throw these together! You’ll notice in the video that we use these handy bag holders to keep the chicken and marinade mess free.

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You’ll Need:

3 tablespoons soy sauce or Coconut Aminos
2 Tbs. honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Juice of 1 Lime
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 Tbs. Red Bell Pepper, Finely Chopped
4 boneless chicken breast halves

In a shallow bowl combine soy sauce, honey, vegetable oil, lime juice, garlic, bell pepper and cilantro, mixing well.

For Grilled Breasts

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Place chicken breast halves into the mixture, and turn to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes.

For Grilled Kebabs (or Skewers)

Cut the chicken into 1-2″ cubes, skewer onto bamboo sticks that have been soaked in water for 5 minutes, and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Grill the marinated meats over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, until juices run clear. For the skewers, grill about 3 minutes per side, turning occasionally.

Serve with fresh salad, steamed veggies, grilled potato wedges or any of your favorite sides.

For Grilled Shrimp:

For Key West grilled shrimp, substitute 2 pounds of fresh jumbo shrimp for the chicken. The shrimp will take 2-5 minutes to grill depending on the size. Rule of thumb- when the shrimp looks like the letter “C” it’s done. If it looks like an “L”, it’s still raw/rare, and if it looks like an “O”- it’s overdone!

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9 Comments

  1. Made this tonight, we loved it. Added 2 Tbsp green jalapeno along with the red pepper. Was surprised it had no heat.

    Will definitely make again, but will add more jalapenos.

    • Made this tonight, we loved it. Added 2 Tbsp green jalapeno along with the red pepper. Was surprised it had no heat.

      Will definitely make again, but will add more jalapenos.

      Leave the seeds in the jalapeno, that is where the heat is. If you did this, next time try smaller jalapenos that are not so firm. These will usually be hotter than the larger ones.

      And the firmer jalapenos may have not had a chance to ripen as long as they needed.

      • Leave the seeds in the jalapeno, that is where the heat is. If you did this, next time try smaller jalapenos that are not so firm. These will usually be hotter than the larger ones.

        And the firmer jalapenos may have not had a chance to ripen as long as they needed.

        If you like spicy, try to find jalapenos that have light brown ridges on them. Those are spicy, if they have a smooth surface they tend to be mild, or you can use serrano peppers instead and 9 times out of 10 they will have spice to them; especially if grilled!

  2. My husband and kids who are all picky eaters loved this!!! Have made this many times and will continue to make it as long as the family is eating it.

  3. Thus looks delicious!! Yummy. I only ask how many chicken breasts per the recipes amount of marinade?

    I might have misssed seeing it, if I did I’m sorry.

    • Thus looks delicious!! Yummy. I only ask how many chicken breasts per the recipes amount of marinade? I might have misssed seeing it, if I did I’m sorry.

      4 boneless chicken breast halves

  4. I hoped this recipe was going to taste like TGI Friday’s Key West Shrimp. The soy sauce took over and it was another Asian marinade. Good but not my favorite!

  5. Anhhh.., marinated for almost 8 hours. Chicken was tender, grilled quickly but really didn’t have flavor I had hoped for. Extremely mild. Don’t think this is a winner in my book. Pretty bland

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