Ginger-Lime Marinade for Chicken Recipe

This is one of my favorite chicken marinades.  The ginger and lime together gives the chicken a little zing.   This marinade makes enough for 6 chicken breasts/whole legs or 12 thighs/drumsticks.  The chicken is good alone, over a bed of rice or as a kabob.  I like to grill extra and use the leftovers for fajitas.

Double and freeze the marinade and chicken in a gallon size baggie for later.  When the chicken defrosts it marinades!

Ginger-Lime Marinade for Chicken


  • 1/4 cup tamari sauce*
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2Tbsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


  1. Blend all of the ingredients.
  2. Marinade the chicken at least 2 hours.
  3. Grill!

*If you can’t handle soy, try Cybele’s Soy-Free Soy Sauce.

You may also enjoy Asian Chicken Marinade Recipe and Honey Mustard Chicken/Pork Marinade.

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50 Responses to “Ginger-Lime Marinade for Chicken Recipe”

  1. Ginger and lime are one of my all time favorite flavor combos!

  2. Shu Han says:

    I’m of asian origin e so i really love the ginger lime and tamari combination in this! great idea to double the recipe and freeze and let it marinade as it defrosts! that sounds like easy weeknight supper (: got to do this to my favourite marinated meat/fish recipes!! (:

  3. Jacqui' says:

    This looks and sounds wonderful. Love chicken and I adore ginger. Yummy!

  4. Cara says:

    I love the idea of the combination of ginger and lime!

  5. Sherry says:

    Oh, wow! This looks absolutely delish!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. I absolutely love ginger and lime
    Following from the blog hop.

  7. Brook says:

    We are big citrus fans, but don’t prefer the taste of ginger so much. I plan to try this with a reduced amount of ginger. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Nancy says:

      The ginger is ver subtle. I probably wouldn’t be able to pick it out if I didn’t know what it was. Let me know if you change it and how you like it!

  8. Damsel says:

    This looks delicious! I’m bookmarking it and will add it to our rotation. I came over from WFMW – my question for readers this week is for favorite recipes and books, so I’m glad I clicked over. 🙂

  9. Catherine says:

    I’ve bookmarked this to make. Would make a good marinade for shrimp or pork, as well.

  10. Great recipe for a marinade. I cannot wait to try it out. Lime and ginger perfect together.

  11. Melanie says:

    Great tip! I would love for you to come link up at my new “Encouragement is Contagious!” linky party! You can share your favorite posts from someone else’s blog to encourage them, and share your favorite from your own blog and get lots of visits 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Melanie 🙂

  12. Lark says:

    Oh my this is just what I want! I am so glad you linked up to “Made it on Monday”!

  13. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Nancy,
    This is a great Marinade, and just in time for grilling season. I will sure be trying this recipe soon. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  14. Debbie says:

    This sounds so terrific. Thanks for posting it to What’s On the Menu Wednesday:)

  15. Don’t think I’ve ever had ginger and lime before, but this sounds wonderful! Thanks for linking! (Sorry for the double post… please delete/don’t publish the other one. Thanks….)

  16. ButterYum says:

    Great idea to freeze chicken in the marinade. I’m going to have to remember that one. Love the sound of this recipe… really tempting.


  17. Tetcha says:

    Thank you for sharing your simple, easy, and yummy recipe for chicken marinade. I hope you can visit my FTF entry, too. Thanks!

  18. Cecile says:

    this looks yummy, very hearty meal!

  19. This marinated chicken looks delicious! Sounds like it would really be good with some pan-grilled or broiled chicken, too.

  20. Miranda says:

    What a great combination. I love ginger and lime. Thanks for linking up with Fat Camp Friday this week! See you next week!

  21. Mirage says:

    Certainly looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Run DMT says:

    Yum! I love those flavors! Thanks for sharing your marinade!

    I co-host a weekly foodie meme and I would love for you to link up and join our Friday Food Fight. Hope to see you in the ring! 🙂

  23. Darly says:

    you are right ginger and lime will give an interesting twist on the marinade, a must try indeed

    have a blastful weekend, and hope you check out my entry here too.
    Food and Passion
    I Love Darly!

  24. Sounds really good! I like the idea of freezing some too.

  25. This sounds like a really delicious marinade – I love the combination of lime and ginger. Great idea about making extra and marinading/freezing ahead of time too. There’s so many different ways to enjoy this recipe as well. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

  26. Suzy says:

    Sounds really good and *fresh*. A good marinade can definitely make the meat!

  27. Sonia says:

    This looks amazing and yet so simple! 🙂 I love the combination of soy sauce with ginger but have never tried grilling with it… aaahh sweet joys of food… so much to try! 🙂

    Thank you bringing this lovely recipe to Sugar Free Sundays!

  28. christy says:

    as we move full swing into grilling season, it is always so great to have an arsenal of interesting marinades and sauces. yours looks amazing..i just love the flavor of lime and i bet it is incredible in this. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club

  29. Kim says:

    This looks yummy! I’m always looking for new ways to cook chicken.

    Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays!