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Zesty Lime Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

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Zesty Lime Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa is made with grilled chicken breasts – fresh and flavorful, perfect for weeknight summer dinners.

Zesty Lime Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa on a platter.
Zesty Lime Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken in the summer is easy and quick! We love grilling and often make Grilled Chicken Bruschetta, Korean Grilled Chicken and Grilled Bourbon Chicken, just to name a few!

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I love Healthyish® meals like this one because they come together quickly, and cleanup is a breeze. Plus, if you have any extra salsa, you can enjoy it over grilled fish or with a side of veggie chips.

Loaded with flavor, this zesty lime chicken paillard is easy to make, delicious and perfect any night of the week. The meat is fork tender and the salsa adds that extra punch of flavor we all love. And if you do not have a grill, do not worry. You can also use a grill pan on the stove top.

Citrus lime marinade for chicken

  • olive oil
  • lime zest
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • salt and pepper

What to serve with cilantro lime chicken

The grilled pineapple salsa on top of the chicken makes this a complete meal. You can also serve this over a bed of mixed greens or with grilled vegetables on the side.

If you want a starch, brown rice, orzo or couscous would be great.


Zesty Lime Grilled Chicken with Pineapple SalsaZesty Lime Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

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Zesty Lime Grilled Chicken Paillard with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

4.96 from 21 votes
Zesty Lime Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa is made with grilled chicken breasts – fresh and flavorful, perfect for weeknight summer dinners.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Zesty Lime Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa on a platter.
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 6 oz


Chicken and marinade

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast thin cut will work well too
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • Juice from 1 lime about 1 tablespoon
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

  • 1 cup grilled and diced pineapple
  • 1 cup grilled sweet corn
  • 1 tablespoon diced jalapeno
  • 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup diced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Pinch salt


  • Preheat your grill to 400F degrees.
  • If your chicken breasts are thick, butterfly them and add them to a Ziploc bag. Gently pound the chicken using the soft side of a mallet. You will want the chicken to be about ¼ inch thick.
  • Once the chicken is pounded thin, add the olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, thinly sliced garlic, chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper to the Ziploc bag.
  • Zip the bag closed and massage the chicken making sure it is evenly coated in the marinade.
  • Let the chicken to marinate for 20-25 minutes before grilling. While the chicken is marinating, you’ll prepare the salsa.
  • Dice the grilled pineapple into small evenly sized cubes. Add it to a mixing bowl.
  • Next, finely dice the shallots and jalapeno. Add them to the bowl with the pineapple.
  • Dice the red pepper and remove the corn kernels from the cob. Add everything to the mixing bowl along with a pinch of salt. Canned corn will work fine too!
  • Add the lime juice and gently combine all of the ingredients. Once well combined set aside.
  • Carefully place a sheet of foil on the heated grill.
  • Place the chicken on the foil, since it is well coated in the olive oil mixture it will not stick.
  • Grill for about 3 minutes on each side. Since it is pounded thin, it will cook pretty quickly.
  • Remove from the grill and arrange the chicken on a platter. Top with the pineapple jalapeno salsa. As an optional garnish, try adding some crushed peanuts and sliced scallions.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy with a few lime wedges!

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Serving: 6 oz, Calories: 395 kcal, Carbohydrates: 16.5 g, Protein: 41 g, Fat: 18.5 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 124.5 mg, Sodium: 225 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 8 g


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49 comments on “Zesty Lime Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa”

  1. My whole family loves this recipe! We have made it several times and it is delicious. For extra flavor we baste the chicken with the marinate while it’s grilling. This last time I made it I added cilantro and a pinch of lime zest to the salsa and it was great. Thank you so much for the WW personal points button, that makes it so easy!

  2. Followed the recipe precisely. The chicken was low on flavor, and the salsa didn’t give it any POP!

  3. Since most of the marinade does not stay on chicken when cooking (or after) would the fat g and carbs be less? 

  4. Just made this dish!! Love love it!
    Hubby and I are vegetarian so I used salmon instead of the chicken…,but did chicken got the kids!!! I figured I would use the same marinade!! Very very delicious! Thank you!

  5. We absolutely love this recipe!! If we were to make it with fish instead, would you still recommend marinating? 

  6. I’m obsessed with this recipe! The chicken and salsa compliment each other PERFECTLY. My husband hates anything with chicken breasts but LOVED this. The perfect summer dinner. 

  7. I never leave reviews, but this is too good not to! This is my favorite recipe at the moment. I love to double the salsa ingredients and with the leftovers add some black beans and have it as a snack with chips the next day. SO GOOD!!!

  8. The family loved it. Great easy marinade. We love fresh pineapple, only wish the salsa had more moisture. 

  9. Can you make the salsa in advance? I’d like to make it a couple of days early, but I’m wondering if it would get soggy.