Broiled Ginger-Lime Chicken


Flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and lime, this marinated chicken recipe is a favorite in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Serve with rice or couscous and black beans.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


  • 6 large or 12 small bone-in chicken thighs (2 1/2-3 pounds), skin removed

  • ¼ cup finely chopped scallions

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon lime zest

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Line a broiler pan or rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

  2. Pat chicken dry. Place on the prepared pan, skinned side up. Mix scallions, ginger, oil, lime zest and juice, cinnamon, salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne and spread on the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.

  3. Preheat broiler to high.

  4. Broil the chicken on the pan until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, 15 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
13g Fat
3g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 large or 2 small thighs
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g 43%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Vitamin A 121IU 2%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Folate 11mcg 3%
Sodium 453mg 20%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 200mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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