Grilled Turmeric-Lemon and Lime Chicken

 Grilled Turmeric Lemon and Lime Chicken is perfect for dinner at home
Change up your dinner routine with this healthy Grilled Turmeric-Lemon and Lime Chicken. This is a flavor-packed meal that is low on calories and perfect for grilling season.

There is a well-known fast food chain in California that made some of my favorite grilled chicken. It was tangy, delicious and juicy and it had a nice yellow color, which made it a beautiful golden brown when grilled. Before you ate it you knew it was going to taste good. However, to achieve the appetizing color, food coloring was used.

There really is no need to go the food coloring route when you can use turmeric to get the same color result. Normally found in Indian cuisine, turmeric enhances the flavors of curry, citrus and cumin. And in this recipe, it gives a beautiful golden color and naturally brightens the lemon and lime flavor. I also added Montreal Chicken Seasoning (widely available), which I also used in my Best One Pot-Stove Top Chicken and Rice. I love the flavor it adds to recipes.

Grilled Turmeric Lemon and Lime Chicken marinating
I prefer using thin-sliced chicken breasts when I grill chicken. They cook faster and you don't have to worry about them burning on the grill.

Grilled Turmeric Lemon and Lime Chicken on the grill
A couple turns and a bit of oil in the marinade keep the chicken from sticking to the grates.

Grilled Turmeric Lemon and Lime Chicken 1
Even with the chicken in a marinade of lemon and lime, I like to grill a few lemon and lime halves. Squeezing the grilled citrus over the finished chicken adds a hint of smokiness to this delicious recipe.

Grilled Turmeric Lemon and Lime Chicken on a bed of lettuce is a great summertime meal
Slice it up the finished chicken and serve over a bed of lettuce for the perfect salad. It's a great dinner salad, but also makes the perfect leftover lunch.

Grilled Turmeric Lemon and Lime Chicken is a meal the whole family will love

Grilled Turmeric Lemon and Lime Chicken

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Grilled Turmeric-Lemon and Lime Chicken

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 6-7 lbs of chicken


  • 1-1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 Tablespoon McCormick Montreal Chicken Seasoning - widely available
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 6-7 lbs thin-sliced chicken breasts*
  • extra lemons and lime sliced and grilled


  • In a large pan, combine lemon and lime juice, Montreal Chicken Seasoning, turmeric, pepper, salt and vegetable oil. Whisk together until fully incorporated. Add chicken and marinate for 2 hours. Make sure to turn the chicken often so all pieces are coated and have exposure to the liquid. The more exposure, the better color your chicken will have.
  • Place chicken on a preheated grill (high temperature) and cook until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Squeeze grilled lemons and limes over the top of chicken before serving.
  • *Note: If you want to make a smaller or larger amount of chicken, just increase or decrease the marinade ingredients to fit your needs. If you cannot find thin-sliced chicken chicken breasts, go ahead and slice them in half lengthwise yourself.

Other Turmeric Chicken Recipes You Might Enjoy:
Honey Turmeric Chicken
Turmeric Chicken Kebabs
Turmeric Chicken with Sumac and Lime

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15 Comments and 1 Reply

  1. I just introduced my husband to turmeric and he is all about it! Adding it to chicken is perfect (and something he will surely enjoy!)

  2. You must be referring to El Pollo Loco, right? LOVE their chicken.
    Your looks utterly fantastic!

  3. MMM perfect and summery! It’s like the sprite of chicken! Is it weird to call chicken refreshing?

  4. Loving all the flavors in this dish!! It sounds like it would be fantastic in a salad!

  5. Sheena 5

    This chicken sounds so fabulous on a salad! Love all those flavors!

  6. Oh yes! This chicken looks phenomenal. Can’t wait to try it.

  7. So many possibilities with this chicken! It sounds so delish!

  8. Holy Cannoli! Look at those divine grill marks! I just love the color tumeric introduces to dishes. . .it’s such a happy color and lends a nice contrast to greens and other veggies. Oh. . .and when you put lime in just about anything. . .well. . .I’m game.

  9. riyabenson 9

    Great and healthy recipe.

  10. Oh my gosh, we’re trying this this weekend….yum!

  11. This flavor combo sounds amazing!

  12. What a delicious chicken recipe- and it’s perfect as a salad addition!

  13. I am so with you on the thin-sliced chicken breasts, so much easier to cook. Now, I think I need to pick up some tumeric.

  14. The perfect weeknight meal. And we love turmeric!

  15. Christine 15

    Ate this for dinner! Soooooo good!


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