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These Mustard, Garlic, Lime Marinated Chicken Breasts will rock your world. Tender and flavorful, you’ll want to grill this spectacular chicken all summer long!

This is seriously the BEST chicken marinade. The results are juicy and outrageously tasty! Add them to your grilling menu ASAP.

Mustard, Garlic, Lime Marinated Chicken Breasts on plate with fork

Mustard, Garlic, Lime Marinated Chicken Breasts

I admit I’m a bit of a food snob. I pore over the bell peppers at the market, looking for the most vibrant, unblemished option. I search out fragrant berries and open the packages one by one to find the most perfect, unmarred fruit. I’m sure the produce folks roll their eyes when they see me coming. When I added these mustard, garlic, lime marinated chicken breasts to our dinner menu, I was picky about the meat I chose. So after I was offered the opportunity to cook up some Tysonยฎ Fresh Chicken, I had to do a little research before saying yes. What I did find out was impressive:

  • Tyson Fresh Chicken has a heritage of producing chicken that has been raised by family farmers for over 75 years.
  •  Tyson Fresh Chicken is all natural* with no added hormones or steroids**.
  •  It arrives at local markets fresh, delivered within days of leaving the farm.
  •  Each piece is hand-trimmed for convenience to save time and effort. This is perfect for the busy family!

Overhead view of Mustard, Garlic and Lime Marinated Chicken Breasts on plate

The BEST Chicken Marinade

Knowing these facts, I had no trepidation about purchasing Tyson Fresh Chicken for our dinner. The breasts were plump and nicely trimmed; they were ready to go with no effort at all. Since they were fresh, not frozen, I was able take them right from the packaging and add them to my scrumptious marinade.

I popped the chicken into the fridge to soak up the delicious flavors while I went on with my day. The mixture of cider vinegar, lime juice, Dijon and grainy mustard, garlic, brown sugar, olive oil plus salt and pepper had 6 hours to infuse into the chicken before I lit our charcoal grill. Beware that the brown sugar and oil burn easily, so use indirect heat if available.  Such an easy, delicious option for our evening meal!

Tyson Fresh Chicken

I wondered how Tyson Fresh Chicken’s taste and texture would rate compared to other boneless, skinless breasts I have purchased. The chicken did not disappoint; it was moist and tender. The hubby even asked about the marinade, so I knew both the chicken and recipe were winners! I hope you’ll give this marvelous entree a try. And be sure to pick up some Tyson Fresh Chicken when you need a quality, ready to use ingredient for your family.

Tips for Marinating Chicken

First up, buy good quality chicken. I go to my meat market where they trim the boneless skinless chicken breasts so they’re ready to go. You can also purchase organic chicken breasts at the grocery store at the meat counter or prepackaged out of the case, but make sure to check the expiration date. Fresher is better.

  • Brining or marinating chicken allows for flavors to infuse into the chicken meat by the process of osmosis. Remember high school chemistry? Or have you tried to forget?! Anyway, soaking your chicken in a flavorful marinade will help tenderize as well as add lovely nuances.
  • PRO-Tip: Check your marinade for these components: Acid, like citrus juice or vinegar. Oil, not too much or your fire will flare up! Flavorful Ingredients and Aromatics, these will make your chicken stand out, like mustard, garlic, onions, shallots, herbs. Salt or salty liquids like soy, Worcestershire. These are needed for the osmosis process!
  • Marinate for about 6 hours or up to overnight. Beef, pork and lamb can handle longer marinating time. Chicken only needs about 6 hours and seafood much less.
  • Because of the oil and bit of sugar in the marinade, your chicken can char or fire flare up easily. Indirect heat works best, especially with a charcoal fire where you can’t just turn down the heat.
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Mustard, Garlic, Lime Marinated Chicken Breasts | A fabulous marinade that will turn your chicken into as spectacular meal!

Mustard, Garlic, Lime Marinated Chicken Breasts

The BEST chicken marinade adapted from

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Chicken, BBQ
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 68 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves


  1. In a gallon zip lock bag, thoroughly mix all marinade ingredients. Place chicken in the mixture. Cover, and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Grill chicken till no longer pink inside. If using charcoal, use indirect heat as the oil and sugar will burn quickly. You may boil leftover marinade to serve alongside chicken.


Note: Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 170 degrees for boneless products and 180 degrees for bone in chicken products.


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67 comments on “Mustard, Garlic, Lime Marinated Chicken Breasts”

  1. Tyson chicken is always in my fridge/freezer. Love what you did with it – can’t go wrong with these flavors!

  2. Oh, that looks scrumptious Liz! Though I prefer bone in chicken for the flavor, boneless chicken breast are a staple for us because they are so fast and easy, and this marinade looks like it has elevated the flavor by quite a bit! I have a lot different marinades that I use, but often just grab some of my homemade red wine vinaigrette and call it day.

  3. Dear Lizzy, Looks healthy and delicious. Blessings dear. Catherine

  4. I’m a picky shopper too. In a perfect world, absolutely everything I buy would be fresh, organic, and local.

  5. I once made a version of this, having run out of the marinade, It was terrific, never thought about adding lime.

  6. I think my favorite marinade so far is made with cilantro and lime. Yours sounds great with not just one but two mustards:@)

  7. I grew up in Tyson country (NW Arkansas) and still have family there ๐Ÿ™‚ I like chicken to taste like chicken so generally don’t marinate, but brush the chicken with an olive oil/lemon juice/herb blend before grilling.

  8. oh! perfect! I just bought chicken breast! I’ll try your recipe out!

  9. We eat chicken 4 nights a week! Love this recipe.

  10. I always have 3-4 bogs of boneless and skinless chicken breast in my freezer at all times. Love the recipe you are featuring.

  11. Beautiful meal Liz, I am loving the sound of the marinade…yum!
    Hope you are enjoying your week ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. My favorite chicken marinade is a cilantro marinade recipe that I found online.

  13. I love mustard! This chicken is fantastic!

  14. I don’t open the packages but I do pick and choose fruit and vegetables where ever I can and buy natural as much as possible. Your mustard garlic and lime chicken sounds wonderful !
    P.S. I am well just don’t visit blogs that often. thanks for your concern ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Mustard, garlic, and lime are such great flavors, I must try your marinade this weekend with grilled chicken!

  16. The marinade is delicious! I really need to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. There is something about mustard and chicken that just wins in my book. It makes a meal so elegant without being too fussy. Love this, Liz!

  18. Liz, I love the flavors in this marinade and am always looking for methods to infuse boneless, skinless chicken breasts with a lot of flavor. I will be trying this soon Thanks!

  19. I love their products and actually pick them up in the states when we go shopping over there. Great quality. I love the marinade you used. I must try this. Looks absolutely delicious.

  20. I love a simple marinade like this one but tend to often head towards a terriyaki type marinade on busy nights! Going to try this ASAP!

  21. I feel so much better now! I thought I’m the only one who opens the berry containers at the store before deciding which one to buy!
    Your chicken dinner looks perfect may it be on a busy week night or a fancy dinner with friends and family!

  22. Love the flavors in your chicken; mustard and brown sugar = yum!! I often cheat and use bottled salad vinaigrettes as marinades. I am such a slacker when it comes to dinner.

  23. Thank goodness we don’t shop at the same market as I shop just like you. I probably went through 20 baking potatoes today to just find one that was totally unblemished. ๐Ÿ˜€ You chicken breasts sound terrific especially as mustard is one of my favorite condiments.

  24. No steroids or growth hormones? Courtesy of Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake, I’m now a Tyson chicken fan! Of course, you know I’m already a fan of your recipes =) P.s. Being picky about perfect produce just means you care to serve the very best for your family, right?

  25. Love easy recipes. This is wonderful, just put everything in a ziplock and wait to do their job. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my favorite recipes.

  26. What a flavorful dish, Liz! I’m also a big fan of Tyson chicken!

  27. I love this combination and love you added mustard!! This looks amazing, can’t wait to try it!

  28. I have always been a fan of marinating chicken in garlic suaue or teriyaki sauce.

  29. I tweeted with twitter id @yarbr012 :

  30. I’m not normally big on chicken breast, but this looks like it’ cooked perfectly!

  31. I haven’t found much you can’t use as chicken marinade. My favorite is a little bit of lemon or lime juice, Italian dressing, and a little pineapple juice.

  32. My favorite marinade involves lime (zest and juice), cilantro, honey and garlic!

  33. My favorite chicken marinades all have ginger in them.

  34. My favorite chicken marinade is using a bottle of Italian-style salad dressing. Tastes great!

  35. Chicken is our go to for evening meals, so easy to prepare a quick stir fry with it.

  36. Olive oil and montreal chicken spice

  37. That’s a winner! I bought a beautiful large free range chicken today and it’s calling out for that marinade.

  38. I like a marinade of olive oil, lemon, garlic and thyme. Simple but yummy.

  39. I like herbs and white wine!

  40. Something sweet with garlic.

  41. Believe it or not, lime! That’s why your recipe really caught my eye. Lime is great but doesn’t go with everything. But chicken? Match made in heaven!

  42. I love infusing boneless chicken breasts with flavor using different marinades. My favorite involves Asian flavors, using soy sauce, olive and sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and lemon juice. It keeps the chicken moist and bursting with flavor.

  43. Here’s the link to my tweet about your luscious marinated chicken breast recipe and this fun Tyson promotion:

  44. Honey and italian dressing is a great marinade!

  45. i love lemon juice and garlic

  46. i like a lemon garlic marinade

  47. I usually don’t marinade my chicken because I prefer it barbequed on the grill.

  48. I think your recipe is now my favorite marinade.
    Thanks for the contest.

  49. My favorite chicken marinade consists of toasted sesame oil, scallions, ginger, garlic, and a few other ingredients. It’s so yummy.

  50. My favorite marinade is L&P chicken marinade

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  51. I have a soy based marinade that I use quite often. We like the oriental flavor.

  52. this looks so tender I bet its really juicy too perfect anytime! What a great meal we would love this!

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