Honey-Ginger Chicken with Lime

Serving Size: 4
Total Time:

This chicken is tangy and sweet with aromatic hints of ginger and lime. Be sure to serve it with rice or naan to sop up the delicious juices.


  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 chicken legs, cut into drumsticks and thighs
  • 3.5 tsp grated lime zest
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1.5 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp garam marsala
  • 1 cup jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 0.33 cup minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • lime wedges, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a bowl, whisk the vinegar, honey, ginger, jalapeño, garam masala, coriander, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper and 3 teaspoons of the lime zest. Prick the chicken with a fork, add it to the bowl and toss. In a small bowl, mix the sugar with the remaining lime zest.
  2. In a large ovenproof skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in the oil over moderately high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning, until golden, 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the lime sugar and roast for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked.
  3. Add the lime juice and the remaining butter to the skillet. Serve the chicken with the pan juices and lime wedges.

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Recipe Credit: Suvir Saran
Image Credit: Jonathan Lovekin