Grilled Chili Lime Chicken with Strawberry  Avocado Salsa

While I hope that every recipe on my site could ultimately fall in the Recipes That Make You Feel Like a Rock Star category, there are most certainly a subset of recipes that Really Make You Feel Like a Rock Star If You Know What I Mean. Recipes that might win you fame and fortune. Or at the very least have your family and friends and neighbors clamoring to get on an invite list to your house (or just take hand me down leftovers from your kitchen; no shame in that – on the giving or receiving end).

And this simple chili-lime grilled chicken with strawberry avocado salsa is definitely one of those rock star recipes, as if you couldn’t tell already from its pretty looks (and I’ll vouch for the amazing taste). Wow-worthy.

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken with Strawberry  Avocado Salsa

The bonus? It’s almost too easy: grilled chicken marinated in bold flavors and topped with a crazy delicious sweet and savory salsa.

The flavor combination is out of this world. Marinating the chicken in a potent mixture of chili powder, lime, garlic and a bit of honey is delicious, no question about it. But add in the sweet, fresh flavors of juicy strawberries and creamy avocados for a unique take on salsa, and even the biggest skeptic will be won over (I’m looking at you, dear husband).

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken with Strawberry  Avocado Salsa

I served this to company (risky since I hadn’t made it before but sometimes you just know it’s going to be stellar and in this case, my gut feeling was spot on – that confidence was helped by the rave reviews of Meghan, the sweet reader who sent me the recipe) and almost felt a bit sheepish at all the gushy praise…until, for real sheepish this time, I realized the exclamations weren’t directed at anything but the chicken and salsa sitting prettily on their plates. I was happy to let the chicken and fruity salsa stay in the spotlight considering the meal is so easy, it almost makes itself.

Not only is the chicken perfection in flavor and tenderness but that salsa. Oh, that salsa. It’s a magical combination (so magical, I gladly volunteered to do dishes by myself so that I could “take care” of the leftovers; I’m selfless like that). Make this chicken dinner happen. Soon.

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Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken with Strawberry  Avocado Salsa

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Grilled Chili-Lime Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Yield: Serves 4 (or more if serving smaller portions to kids)

Grilled Chili-Lime Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Many times, if the boneless, skinless chicken breasts I have on hand are really thick, I cut them in half (like a hamburger bun) to create two thinner chicken cutlets. This helps the chicken get more punch from the marinade as well help stretch your budget/chicken. For this recipe, I've used four average-sized boneless skinless chicken breasts without cutting them and I've also used two large chicken breasts, cut them in half like I described above, for four chicken pieces. Make sense?

This recipe doesn't make a ton of marinade but it's enough to get a light coating over the chicken (turning it once or twice during marinading time helps). Definitely double the marinade ingredients if using more chicken.

The salsa does best made right before serving.


    Chili-Lime Marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (from 1-2 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (see note above)
  • Strawberry Avocado Salsa:
  • 6-8 ounces strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. For the marinade, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, honey, garlic, chili powder and salt. Place the chicken in a gallon-size ziploc bag or shallow dish and pour in the marinade. Turn the chicken to coat in the mixture. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours, turning once or twice.
  2. Preheat a grill to medium heat and cook the chicken 6-7 minutes per side, more or less depending on the thickness of the chicken (until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F at the thickest part of the chicken). Remove the chicken from the grill and tent with foil for 5 minutes or so while whipping up the salsa.
  3. For the salsa, toss all the ingredients together in a bowl; don't forget the salt and pepper. Serve with the warm grilled chicken.

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Meghan S., who emailed the recipe to me (originally from – thanks, Meghan, you are right that it is amazing!

34 Responses to Grilled Chili-Lime Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

  1. Sheila says:

    Coffee is usually the only thing that can get my heart rate up at 5 in the morning until this post. First thing to greet me . . . .a power packed, nutritional, claiming to be amazing recipe! Thank you Mel and Meghan S. for passing this along. Beef kabobs with the squash/zucchini side is on the menu this week. Not sure how anyone can follow another food blog but this one. I have a very hard time keeping up with all the goodness displayed,

  2. Paige says:

    That salsa looks and sounds incredible!


  3. Helen says:

    Looks so delicious!! can’t wait to try it!!

  4. Heather bell says:

    Ok thos looks extremely out of my comfort zone meaning grilling something besides brats and mixing strawberry and avocado. But since avocados are on sale this week……:) thanks for all the great recipes! Hope to find some more good ones to send you now that I feel like cooking again with summer ending.

  5. Jessica says:

    Do you think this recipe would work well with pork chops?

  6. Linda says:

    This dish looks and sounds delicious! 🙂

  7. Barb says:

    This looks amazing. I’m going to make it this weekend. I’ll have to change one thing though. I live with cilantro haters, so I’ll have to change that to parsley. Yesterday I made the “kebab” dish, only with pork, and didn’t make cubes, but slices, and it was so delicious. Thanks!

  8. Amy says:

    I made it last night-delicious!

  9. Katie P. says:

    Need to make this! How do you not have grill marks on your chicken?

    • Mel says:

      Good question, Katie! I was using my wood pellet grill and it cooks so evenly and quickly that I didn’t turn the chicken – if I were to flip over the chicken pieces, they’d have grill marks on the other side. I should have put them on the grill top-side down but I didn’t so I photographed them this way.

      • Katie P says:

        I was wondering if it was your special grill! Looks delish… on the menu this week, but we’ll have grill marks. 🙂

  10. Mel says:

    Dear Mel,

    I absolutely love your blog! My little sister, a dedicated lover of all breads and sweet rolls, introduced me to your blog about half a year ago, and your wonderful recipes have been my cooking life line ever since! I am still pretty newly married (2 years in November!) and my husband and I live with my grandmother where I work as her full-time caregiver, and I often find myself needing good, wholesome, yummy, appealing recipes to satisfy a picky senior and a carnivorous husband who won’t eat dairy (except when I cheat and sneak in ingredients he doesn’t know about! I hope I’m not the only one who tricks my husband into eating things!). Your blog always has something to inspire me to make, even on the bad days! Thanks for all your hard work and for sharing your knowledge and recipes with your readers! I am making your Homemade Spaghetti Sauce for dinner for the first time, and I am getting excited watching it simmer on the stove top!

  11. Sheree L says:

    Made this tonight for dinner. Loved it! The salsa is so yummy, with unexpected flavors. The only thing I did differently was leave out the green onions as my hubby is not a fan. Thanks again, Mel!

  12. Stacy says:

    This looks delish! I love your recipes and have been reading for years. I sometimes share links to them on my Facebook page 🙂

  13. elisabeth says:

    This is absolutely delicious!!! Just the right amount of spicy goodness with the cool creamy avocados/sweet strawberries-oh my!!! The chicken was tender with the perfect amount of kick! Thank you for another winner:)

  14. Kim in MD says:

    This looks delicious, Mel!

  15. Bethany says:

    I made this for dinner last night and also took some to a neighbor, based on your recommendation – I didn’t make it before serving it to others. 🙂 Everyone loved it! We will surely be making this again soon. The salsa, oh my! I’d never think to put those ingredients together, but it was fabulous! Thanks again for another awesome recipe! I know I can always come to your site to find the best of the best!

  16. Kristine says:

    Just made this tonight. It was so delicious. My strawberries that I had were not that sweet so I added a little honey to the marinade but otherwise made it exact and it was fantastic!!!!!

  17. Olya says:

    Thank you for this recipe! Enjoyed it last night with my husband.

  18. Elena says:

    Your food blog is amazing! I tried the coconut curry chicken last night and it turned out great!
    Question: If you don’t have a grill available does it work on the stove?

  19. Deb says:

    Made this for dinner last night and I LOVED the flavor and juiciness of the chicken! Super easy marinade that really delivers on flavor!

  20. Valerie says:

    I made this last night for my family and was a little nervous about how it would go over. Everyone LOVED it! We thought this was some of the juiciest chicken we’ve ever had (“so yummy and marinated” according to my 8-year-old). The salsa was perfection, and best of all, so quick and easy! Put the chicken in the fridge in the marinade before leaving for work; when we got home my husband grilled while I threw together the salsa… Dinner on the table in 15 minutes! Thank you once again Mel, you are literally saving dinner at our house!!

  21. Meghan S. says:

    I’m so glad you like it as much as I do! Definitely my favorite summer meal. I agree with Sheila that this is the best real-life food blog out there. 🙂

  22. Thuy says:

    The marinade for the chicken is so simple yet so delicious. It’s a keeper for sure! Thanks again Mel.

  23. Amy says: you think this would still be tasty if I cooked it in my instant pot after it marinates ? if so, in what liquid would you suggest cooking it?. p.s. I love that I can always find something for dinner on your site.

    • Mel says:

      I’m not sure, Amy – it would have a totally different texture since the pressure cooker hangs on to liquid whereas grilling doesn’t. You could certainly experiment though!

  24. Kate says:

    Mel, I am planning to make this for my supper club… With the roasted potatoes, skillet green beans and biscuits. Do you have a favorite cocktail, appetizer and dessert that would complete my menu?

  25. gbas says:

    Hi Mel, is the salsa served cold or should the ingredients be at room temperature before mixing up? Thanks, looking forward to this tonight

  26. Bri says:

    I trusted you, and made this for company without even trying it first. It was a total hit. My kids didn’t love the salsa though. I don’t think it had anything to do with the taste. They just couldn’t get past avocado and strawberries being mixed together…hahaha.

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