Quick Easy Chicken Recipes:
Chicken with Lime-Ginger Sauce

This is one of my favorite quick easy chicken recipes.

It makes a tangy quick meal that can be served hot, or made ahead of time and served cold.

quick easy chicken recipe

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • vegetable oil (for greasing the baking dish)
    • garlic
    • salt
    • pepper

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • chicken (about 2 lbs/1 kg)
    • plain yogurt
    • bottled lime juice
    • ginger root

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a baking dish (or dishes) large enough to fit all of the chicken in a single layer
    • a small bowl
    • a spoon

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • measuring cups and spoons (if not, just estimate the amounts)
    • a garlic press (if not, just mince the garlic with a sharp knife)
    • a microplane grater for grating the ginger (if not, use a regular grater - or mince the ginger with a sharp knife)

    The recipe

    Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

    2 lbs/1 kg chicken pieces, skinless

    1 cup/250 mL plain yogurt

    3 Tbsp/45 mL lime juice

    2 cloves garlic

    1 tsp/5 mL ginger root, grated

    1/2 tsp/2 mL salt

    1/4 tsp/1 mL pepper

    Place the chicken in a greased baking dish.

    Mix together all of the other ingredients.

    Spoon the mixture over the chicken.
    Turn the chicken pieces to coat both sides.
    Bake for about an hour or until no longer pink inside.

    Serve immediately, OR
    Cover with foil and place in refrigerator.
    Refrigerate for up to one day.


    • Buy chicken with skin (it's cheaper than skinless) and remove the skin yourself.
    • Use freshly squeezed lime juice instead of bottled.

    • Use bottled minced garlic instead of fresh.

    • Use bottled minced ginger instead of fresh.

    Ideas for making this quick easy chicken recipe your own

    • Try substituting another citrus juice for the lime juice. (Maybe lemon juice? How about orange juice?)

    • What about using a flavored yogurt?


    • Garlic should be stored at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, where air can circulate. A special garlic keeper works well.

    • Fresh ginger will last for up to 8 weeks if you put it in a sealed ziplock bag and place it in the vegetable crisper of your fridge.

    • Sometimes when I make this, I find that the sauce separates and looks less than attractive. It still tastes great, though! If that would bother you, don't plan to serve this dish to special guests!

    If you enjoy this recipe, you may also like these other very easy chicken recipes:

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