Mustard Lime Chicken recipe

Mustard Lime Chicken

It’s too darn hot here to turn on the oven; the high today is supposed to get up to 100°. The solution? Fire up the grill and throw on some chicken breasts ever so briefly. The mustard lime chicken pictured above is a tangy hit of protein on a hot summer’s day.

I hope it cools off a bit tomorrow as my son plays in the finals of the little league tournament. His team (the “B” team mind you) defeated the “A” team in actual tournament play last weekend (not just a scrimmage) to advance in the tourney. He played well while I was away with two home runs and 4 RBI’s during one of his games last weekend. Unfortunately I missed his “stellar” performance because I went to California to visit a parent in the hospital –who is now out of the hospital by the way and doing much better.

Tomorrow, happily, I will get to see him in action again as he and his team dukes it out for the district little league title. That will be fun –even if the forecast is for 95°.

Mustard Lime Chicken
Serves: 2
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ tsp celtic sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  1. Combine lime juice, cilantro, mustard, olive oil, chili, salt and pepper in a food processor
  2. Pulse until ingredients are well combined
  3. Rinse chicken breasts, pat dry and place in an
  4. Pour marinade over chicken, cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 6 hours
  5. Heat grill and cook chicken for 5-7 minutes per side until browned and cooked in the center
  6. Serve


If you like, save the sauce that the chicken marinates in, heat it in a pan and serve with the grilled chicken. It is very tangy so I wouldn’t use much; I actually preferred the chicken plain, though my younger son and his friend Josh liked it with just a dab of sauce on it.

Josh was over at our house playing with the boys while I photographed the Mustard Lime Chicken above and asked, “Can I eat that chicken? The one you are actually taking pictures of for your website? That exact piece?” When I answered affirmatively he replied, “Cool!” in a fit of glee.

The recipe for this chicken dish is based on one by Jim Romanoff of AP Wire Service. His recipe calls for tuna steaks on the grill using the ingredients above as marinade. Many thanks to Monsieur Romanoff for his great recipe.


  1. Kim says

    I used Tilapia (fish) instead and add a little minced garlic. It was fabulous. The leftover will be flaked and put in soft tacos tomorrow!

  2. Gerri says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was a great hit with my very picky husband! I took the marinade and heated it up, added a bit of coconut sugar to sweeten and thicken it as a sauce. He loved it so much, he asked me to make it again!!! Thank you Elana!!!

  3. Bridie says

    Just wondering what other fresh herbs I could use instead of cilantro? I have an abundance of basil, oregano, mint and chives atm.

    Might try it with drumsticks!

  4. Ginette Léger says

    I love the recipe and will try it! Is making the sauce from the marinade in which the raw chicken has been placed, safe? I’ll make extra marinade and use that for the sauce. :-)

  5. Katharine says

    Made this on the grill last night after marinating 1.5 hrs. Basted some of the marinade on while grilling. I thought it was delicious and my whole family gobbled it up! Served it with roasted broccoli and sweet potato fries. Thanks for the recipe! The hardest part was juicing all the limes for a double batch of marinade….otherwise a simple, fresh recipe!

  6. Amy says

    Just started a wheat/grain free diet and am so thankful I found your website with so many recipes. I made this tonight for dinner along with the roasted brocolli and it was a big hit! My 11 year old daughter said it was one of her favorite dinners! Even my picky 9 year old son gobbled up the chicken….Thank you for your hard work and great recipes!

  7. Tom Foolry says

    Mmmm, that looks so amazing! I shouldn’t have looked at this so close to lunch time! It’s gunna be a long 45 minutes while I wait for my food!

  8. Faran says

    Just made this for my family. My 7-year old daughter proclaimed it to be her new 3rd favorite food (right after sushi and doughnuts)!

    It was a big hit, easy to make and very flavorful. I added a few tablespoons of honey to soften it a bit, but will try it without the honey next time.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Shannon L. says

    This recipe looks/sounds delicious! I have been using this site as a daily reference for cooking almost all of my meals and it’s been wonderful :-) I want to make this dish tonight, but I’m thawing a whole chicken…not just breasts. And I’m wondering if this will work in a slow-cooker. I guess I’ll find out!

  10. says

    Hi there! I have been perusing your site for a few days now as my husband and I are embarking on a gluten (and corn, casein, soy, glutamates in general) free diet for some health issues my husband is dealing with, and I have to say…thank you! You have some really fabulous recipes here…I tried this mustard lime chicken one last night and it got 2 thumbs up from hubby. I will be linking some of your recipes back from my blog for sure as you deserve as much kudos as possible for posting these recipes. I will definitely be ordering your Almond Flour cookbook as well!

  11. Chelsea says

    Can someone please tell me for sure if the Laurent du Clos – Dijon Mustard Elana uses is casein free… I can’t find the info on the products website…? Thank you so much

  12. Tiffany Z. says

    Thanks so much for the recipe, I made it tonight for the first time, and it is definitely a keeper. My husband was full of “yums” for the whole meal. Found on Tastespotting…

  13. Jenna says

    I made this last night for dinner for the first time! Elana, I am thankful for you! It was so delicious!! :) I thought the sauce was amazing! I thickened it on the stove over low heat and used it as a dip for the chicken. We made cilantro brown rice and grilled some veggies on the BBQ to go with it! What a fantastic meal. Thank you!!!

  14. ~M says

    A family friend grilled this recipe for us a few weeks ago…absolutely delicious. I just love TANGY and lime anything and like mustard. Have you ever tried spreading the marinade (perhaps multiplied) over a whole chicken and baking it? I think it’d be perfect for a Shabbat dinner, a contender to the chipotle orange chicken I love so much. Thanks for all of your fabulous recipes!

  15. Rita says

    I found your site yesterday and printed out this recipe. I made it for dinner last night and it was SO delicious!! I made dinner for my mom, step dad, brother and my family… It was a hit. Everyone loved it!! Quick, Easy, Healthy & Delicious!!! I will definitely be making this again & again. Thank you so much!!

  16. says

    Rene– Here is a great homemade granola recipe. You can also search for other recipes that you might like to see by going to the search bar on the upper right hand side of my site and typing in the name of the recipe you wish to find.

    Maya– so hot here; it was 104 yesterday!

  17. Rene says

    The mustard Lime Pollo is greeeat! I fixed it for my family for lunch on Friday! I was a bit concerned since I felt it too limy; however, my family loved it! It tasted even better the next day!!!
    Great website

    Do you know how to fix a homemade Granola?

  18. says

    Wanda -Glad to be of help to you and your sister. You are very welcome.

    Denise -Welcome to the site, glad you found us.

    Kimi -Yes, very refreshing.

    Dana -Thanks so much for your kind words.

    Ana -I like the adaptation of using the oven.

    Miriam -Thanks so much for spreading the word and I think the sauce will taste much better with a bit of agave added to it, great idea.

  19. says

    chicken looks great—will try it in the next few days. will probably add some agave to the remaining marinade and serve as sauce. i gave your blog info to 2 friends who both require gluten free recipes.

  20. Ana says

    Fantastic chicken! Our son was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease about one month ago, and I have to tell you that your recipes have been such a help. We all loved the chicken, and I ended up baking it at 350 until it was cooked (25-30 minutes) since it rained the day I made it and couldn’t use the grill- flavor was still excellent! Thank you!

  21. says

    Well hello! I just found your blog through food gawkers and just LOVE it! Thanks for all your effort and ideas. I just recently made a grilled chicken a bit like this one, but added orange juice of one orange as well. Delish! I have a food blog as well, committed to lower calorie, organic foods and rants at
    I must admit, that your blog is something that I will aspire towards! Beautiful.
    Dana Zia

  22. denise laporte says

    I have CD, apparently most of my life but just diagnosed 2 months ago! What a differance to drop the agitating ingrediants!! I am newly recieving your recipes and cant wait to try them…Thank you for having such an awesome site here!!

  23. Wanda Ricker says

    I am receiving and printing these for my sister who has CD. She will really enjoy trying new recipes. She’s 6-months into this new diet. Thanks so much for your help.

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