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Recipe: Honey Lime Grilled Chicken with Corn and Black Bean Salsa


This summer, we’ve partnered with Cook Smarts to inspire you in the kitchen as part of our ‘Stronger, Healthier You Series’. In the heat of the summer, no one wants to spend any extra time in the kitchen than necessary. This week, we’ve got a simple meal to satisfy all your summer cravings. Better yet, the chicken can be cooked on the grill to nix the use of the stovetop. Just watch this chicken closely as it cooks – the honey in the marinade can blacken or burn more quickly than other ingredients. We’ve doubled up the chicken for this recipe to give you some leftovers for lunch the next day, or for chicken to add to a nice summer salad.

Cook time

ACTIVE: 30 min
TOTAL: 50 min


Honey Lime Grilled Chicken (for 2 nights):
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium – 1/4 cup
  • Honey – 1/4 cup
  • Lime juice – 2 Tbsp
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless – 8
Corn and Black Bean Salsa:
  • Jalapenos – 1, diced
  • Green onions – 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Tomatoes, medium – 2, chopped
  • Corn – 4 ears, kernels sliced off (sub frozen corn)
  • Beans, black (14 oz / 397 g) – 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Vinegar, red or white wine – 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking – 2 tsp
  • Lime juice – 2 tsp
  • Tortilla chips – for serving


  1. Jalapenos – Dice jalapenos. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make marinade – Combine soy sauce, honey, and lime juice (portion for chicken). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Marinate chicken – If cooking on the grill, get grill heating when chicken is nearly finished marinating. Combine chicken and marinade in a plastic bag or baking dish. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  4. Green onions / Tomatoes – Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  5. Corn – Shuck corn and slice kernels off cobs. Place in a microwave safe dish and cover with a damp paper towel. Heat until corn is tender but still has some crunch, ~2 minutes. (If using frozen corn, defrost.) (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Beans – Drain and rinse beans.


  1. Combine jalapenos, white and green parts of green onions, tomatoes, corn kernels, and beans with vinegar, oil, and lime juice (portion for salsa). Season with some salt and pepper.
  2. Discard marinade and season chicken on both sides with some salt and pepper.
  3. If cooking on the grill: Heat grill to 425F / 218C degrees, keeping one part over direct heat and one part over indirect heat.
  4. {grill}: Brush grates with some oil and place chicken over direct heat. Sear chicken on both sides until lightly charred.
  5. {grill}: Move chicken to indirect heat and continue cooking until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes, or until chicken reaches 165F / 74C degrees.
  6. If cooking on the stovetop: Heat a large grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with some cooking oil. Add chicken and sear until both sides are deep golden brown, ~3 minutes on each side.
  7. {stovetop}: Reduce heat to low-medium and cover pan with a lid or foil. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes, or until chicken reaches 165F / 74C degrees.
  8. Let chicken rest, covered, for 5 minutes before serving. (Reserve half the chicken for another night.)
  9. Serve chicken with chips on the side. Enjoy salsa over chicken and on the side for dipping chips. Enjoy!
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    September 4, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Would love to try it one of these days. Thanks for sharing this!

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