Juicy, fast-to-cook Chili Lime Chicken with sides dishes on green plates with copper silverware

Chili Lime Chicken

"Your taste buds won’t know what to make of this ridiculously easy-to-make chicken dish. Is it hot? Is it sweet? Is it sour? Yes to all three! Serve this with some simply steamed veggies on the side and heat up any leftovers for a great lunch to take to work." - I Love My Instant Pot Recipe Book 

From I love this chicken recipe! It has a wonderful melding of sweet and savory flavors and it is so easy to prepare. Jalapeno peppers can vary incredibly in heat. For my preparation I did not find the recipe overly spicy (it had beautiful flavors). If you are a spicy-lover and don't find it spicy enough, you can always add hot sauce at the end. 

The recipe is fast to prepare and marinates overnight. Actually cooking time is only 10 minutes. I've added extra time to the Total Time to account for the marinating, the Instant Pot coming to pressure and the 10 minute slow release dictated by the recipe.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chili lime chicken for instant pot, instant pot chicken recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 3183 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 small jalapenos , seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for chicken and chicken broth.
  2. Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Toss chicken into marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Place trivet in Instant Pot®. Place steamer basket on trivet. Pour in chicken broth.
  4. Arrange thighs on steamer basket and pour extra marinade over the thighs. Lock lid.
  5. Press the Manual button and adjust time to 10 minutes. When timer beeps, let pressure
  6. release naturally for 10 minutes. Quick release any additional pressure until float valve drops and then unlock lid. Check the chicken using a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature is at least 165°F.

Recipe Notes

Excerpted from The I Love My Instant Pot© Recipe Book: From Trail Mix Oatmeal to Mongolian Beef BBQ, 175 Easy and Delicious Recipes by Michelle Fagone ( Used by permission of the publisher, Adams Media, a division of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts
Chili Lime Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 chicken breast)
Calories 3183 Calories from Fat 2043
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 227g 349%
Saturated Fat 61g 305%
Cholesterol 1333mg 444%
Sodium 6631mg 276%
Potassium 3302mg 94%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 38g
Protein 224g 448%
Vitamin A 52.2%
Vitamin C 107.6%
Calcium 16.9%
Iron 57.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.