Easy Chili Lime Chicken

June 11, 2015

Easy Chili Lime Chicken

Would you believe me if I tell you that I have found a recipe for ice cubes?
Probably not.
Which — among other things — shows how little faith you have in me.
Well, I have found it.
In an awesome recipe posted to Food.com a frustrated cook offers a recipe for ice cubes, explaining that “I'm publishing this recipe because I'm sure that there are other families who have members, who don't know how or have forgotten how to make ice when the ice tray is empty.
The rundown proceeds as expected — water, ice cubes freezer — and it’s hysterical on his own.

Sweet Chili Pepper

But then the commenters get ahold of it, and the magic begins.
This recipe is horrible!” DonkeyMilkShake declares “Maybe I should have left them in longer than two minutes (the recipe doesn't say how long to leave them in the freezer so I just kind of guessed) but mine came out all watery. I won't be making these again.
I harvest my own free-range water” donquix66 discloses “so the idea of putting it in a plastic tray and a commercially made electricity-wasting freezer disgusts me.

Lime Wedge

The comments go on. LainieBug states that “I wanted to make your recipe but our well ran dry, so I didn't have any water to make ice. Since I was having a party, I really had to come up with a clear liquid substitute so I would have ice on hand. A word of warning: when you make vodka cubes your BIL will hit a tree with his new car and your sister will never speak to you again.
Someone asks for the crock-pot version of the recipe, another one is happy to have found the recipe because “My grandma died and took the recipe with her. You are a life saver!!!
One of my favorites is Eliela’s “I guess they turned out OK. I assumed, like muffins, you had to grease the pan first. They did come out nice and easy, but they made our drinks awfully greasy. Next time I will grease AND flour the pan. Anyone else have this same problem?

Easy Chili Lime Chicken

The jokes continue for no less than 1068 comments. Which is a lot, maybe even too much.
But as a food blogger I have to say, they restored my faith in Internet commenting.
It’s not only about trolls and angry-commenters, that in the anonymity and speed of the Internet unleash flashes of their fury and unloosed bile.
There are a lot of smart, funny people out there on the internet, not afraid to crack a joke when the situation calls for it.

Easy Chili Lime Chicken

Anyways, talking about easy recipes. This Easy Chili Lime Chicken might not be as easy as making ice cubes but it’s really easy.
Just some chopping and mixing, so just the fun stuff, really. The oven (or the BBQ) does the rest.
This is great as a main dish, but if you have left-overs or make a double batch, the chicken can be cut into strips and frozen, then used on salads, sandwiches or in wraps.

Easy Chili Lime Chicken                                                                                               Print this recipe!

Serves 6

4 boneless chicken breasts

½ cup fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons fresh lime zest
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
2 sweet chili peppers, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)


In a bowl mix all marinade ingredients until well combined.
In a shallow sealable container or in a large ZipLoc bag combine chicken breasts and marinade. Cover (or seal) and marinate for at least 2 hours (marinate overnight for fullest flavor).
Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C) and place a rack in the middle.
Place chicken breasts in a large baking dish or on foil-lined baking sheet.
Bake uncovered for 12 minutes, then flip on the other side and bake for further 12 minutes, or until cooked through (the temperature should register 165°F on an instant-read thermometer).
Cooking time depends on how big the chicken breasts are and how hot is your oven, the most important thing is that the chicken is cooked through.
Once cooked, let the breasts rest for a minute or two before serving to allow the juices to evenly distribute through the meat.
Sprinkle with a bit of chopped cilantro and serve.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 251 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs, 32 grams of protein.


  1. Thank you for providing me with a good chuckle so early on a Thursday morning! Of course I immediately went to the link to food.com and was laughing aloud in my office as I read though more of the ice cube reviews. My co-workers must think I'm nuts. And the chicken recipe looks like just my kind of thing - easy but flavorful.

  2. Thanks for a great laugh first thing this morning! You could really write a cookbook entirely on flavorful ways to cook chicken, your recipes are always super creative and I love that they're simple too!

    1. A cookbook on chicken and cauli crust. What do you think?

  3. Mike, are you being sarcastic about the recipe and the comments?! Don't be! Indeed, making ice cubes is not a piece of cake - it's a sophisticated process, and not everyone can handle it! But, truly - it's just hilarious! I cannot say that about this chicken though - scrumptious and hearty things are going on here! Well done!

  4. Hi Mike, great post, have not laughed that hard by myself after reading something online. Great chicken recipe, love this combination of flavors.

  5. I recently made a cooking and baking blog, too.
    I would greatly appreciate it if you would check it out!
    Thanks so much!

    1. I'll definitely check it out, thanks for stopping by btw!

  6. I absolutely LOVE reading these types of comments! and I agree with you, it gives a nice feeling about people, witty souls are out there, ready to crack the perfect remark....

    not sure you've been following the recent fiasco of a Nobel Prize winner from England who suffered from intense foot in the mouth syndrome by saying that female scientists should not work with male scientists - they are too distracting, they fall in love, and then when you correct them they cry... (or something along those lines)

    well, the tweets and comments written about this are HILARIOUS!!!! Remind me of this ice cube thread... which, by the way I will dive into as soon as I can. Always wanted to perfect my ice making technique, which lacks style. And substance.

    (great recipe, by the way....)

    1. Are you seriously talking about ice making technique? LOL

  7. Cracked up reading those comments! Loving the spice you packed into this dish :)

  8. That is hilarious, I read a few comments. One reads: 'I used fresh, organic water since we're both trying to lose weight' , a genius.
    I am thinking my next one should be: how to sprinkle cheese on a plate.
    Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Sprinkle cheese on plate, that might actually be a good one!

  9. I think I just discovered how to spend my Friday...Imma go read all these ridiculous comments on ice-cube make-age....while gobbling up these spicy chicken goodness! Pinning!

  10. Oh man, this is the best post ever, Alpha! Not only do you share an amazing recipe (heck yeah to chili + lime + chicken!) but then the link to the ice cube recipe. I love it! This reminds me of the questions/answers to the Banana Slicer on Amazon a while back. I love when the internet turns on the wit and snarkiness to mock it's own trolls! If you need another good laugh today, check out this one: http://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-571-Banana-Slicer/dp/B0047E0EII (I might have to copy this post idea whenever I have another banana recipe...I apologize in advance for the straight up post idea plagiarism.) #WolfpackIceCubeClub

    1. So after I left this note, I went back and started reading some of the comments on the banana slicer again. I am literally crying I'm laughing so hard over here!

    2. Thanks man for pointing out the Banana slicer thread on Amazon. I haven't laughed that hard since The Mountain Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee thread.
      I hope you know what I'm talking about...

  11. Reading those comments was more addicting than scrolling through Pinterest - I got so carried away guffawing at those comment yesterday I forgot it was your post that sent me there!
    another awesmazing recipe, Mike! Happy Friday!

    1. I love the word "guffawing", I should use it more often. Thanks for the remainder ;)

  12. Pretty fun stuff with the Ice Cube recipe indeed. Good to read humor instead of the negativity. Especially how creative some people are like “My grandma died and took the recipe with her. You are a life saver!!!” Loved it. Plus, I'd rather have this here chicken then the protein smoothie I just drank any day. Have a great weekend Mike.

  13. Delicious! Made this Monday and have had it for dinner each night :-)

  14. I have to say that I can't wait to make this recipe, it sounds delicious! Also reading about the ice cubes beforehand made me laugh at my computer, leaving other people in the house thinking I'm absolutely bonkers...again. I'm going to go read the comments about the ice cube recipe now and have some more laughs with my computer screen until the people with a pretty white jacket come and take me away to the funny farm where life is always fun! Have a good one and thank you for sharing.

  15. This chilli lime chicken looks easy and delicious . i bookmarked this recipe to prepare.