Spicy grilled chicken recipe

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This spicy grilled chicken recipe is easy to prepare and delicious hot or cold. Serve it with a simple salad for a really healthy meal.

  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins plus 3-4 hours to marinade
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins plus time to marinade
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories214 Kcal11%
Sugar0.3 g0%
Fat5.5 g8%
Saturated Fat1.0 g5%
Salt0.25 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein40.0 g80%
Carbohydrates1.3 g1%
Salt0.25 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This spicy grilled chicken recipe is an easy to prepare and popular family dish. It is versatile and is great to serve hot or cold. Cook the breasts on a griddle pan if you have one or in an ordinary frying pan if you don’t. The spicy marinade really peps up chicken giving it a delicious flavour. Serve it with a simple salad and you have a really healthy meal. The recipe serves 4 people and will take 25 mins to prepare and cook plus time to marinade too. The longer you leave your cut of chicken to soak, the more flavour packed it will be. These chicken pieces can be cooked on the BBQ too. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving. Our spicy grilled chicken recipe would be perfect sandwich between two burger buns, served with freshly made salad or presented on a bed of saucy pasta.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp paprika pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 4 chicken breasts




  1. Put the olive oil, garlic, lime juice, paprika, cayenne, cumin and turmeric into a small bowl and lightly whisk together until well combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into a dish or large polythene bag.
  3. Put the chicken breasts into the dish or bag and thoroughly coat the chicken with the mixture.
  4. Cover the dish with cling film or seal the bag and place in the fridge to marinate for 3 – 4 hours or overnight if possible.
  5. Remove the chicken from the marinade.
  6. Heat the griddle pan until hot, then arrange the chicken breasts on the pan and cook for 15 minutes, turning once or twice until cooked through or when the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the flesh.
  7. Serve with a crisp salad.
Top Tip for making Spicy grilled chicken

You can use this marinade for chicken portions if you prefer, simply leave to marinade and then roast in the oven at 200⁰C/400⁰F/Fan 180⁰C/Gas Mark 6 for 30 – 40 minutes depending on the size of the portions used.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies