This grilled chicken cutlet recipe is buzzing with flavor. Ginger lime aioli marinade not only tenderizes chicken, it also infuses the cutlets with a fresh bright flavor. This is a super easy grilled chicken breast recipe that you’ll want to make over and over again.
This is a chicken breast recipe that you could easily rank as a five-star favorite. Why?
- It’s easy
- It’s quick
- It’s healthy
- It’s delicious
- It’s fun
I have to admit, I’m a chicken thigh lover. A fattier, more flavorful part of the chicken most certainly makes me a dark meat lover. After all, they hold up better in Fricassees and in braised chicken dishes. And they’re great for sheet pan dinners.
But give me a nice thin chicken cutlet and I’ll give up those chicken thigh dinners any day. Why? They cook in flash, and this thinner cut of chicken breast soaks up any flavor combination you can throw its way.
For this grilled chicken cutlets recipe, the marriage of ginger and lime is a match made in heaven. And mayonnaise is the secret ingredient hero. But why grill with mayonnaise? It may be the best thing that’s happened to my grill this year. Let’s take a look.
- Mayonnaise is packed with fat. Fat carries flavor and will help transfer that flavor to the chicken.
- Mayonnaise brings its own bright flavor in the way of salt and vinegar.
- Mayonnaise adheres well to the chicken and when it hits those hot grill grates it creates both a crispy and creamy texture.
- Coating chicken with mayonnaise gives the chicken its own non-stick coating. Which also is a benefit to coating delicate seafood with mayonnaise.
- And since mayonnaise encourages browning, it will also keep the grated lime zest and ginger from burning while they’re cooking on those hot grates.
- Mayonnaise can be used as a marinade for meat and is especially important for chicken cutlets, which can dry out easily. It will help keep those juices inside the breast, and will deliver a juicier piece of meat.
Now that we’re sold on grilling with mayonnaise, let’s make those chicken cutlets.
How Do You Make Chicken Cutlets?
What’s the difference between a chicken cutlet and a chicken breast? Chicken cutlets are boneless skinless chicken breasts that have been sliced horizontally in half to create a thinner piece of chicken. And you can even pound them to make them even thinner.
To make chicken cutlets, place a chicken breast on a cutting board. The colder the chicken, the easier it is to slice.
Place the palm of your hand on top of the chicken.
With your sharp chef knife, slice the chicken breast in half, horizontally, making sure to keep those two pieces as even as you can.
If you end up with one end of the chicken cutlet thicker than the other, just use your meat mallet to even things out. Super easy.
Ginger Lime Aioli Grilled Chicken, this recipe is crazy easy.
- Prepare the Chicken for the Mayonnaise Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
- Prepare the Lime Aioli In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, lime zest and ginger. Season with salt and pepper.
- Coat The Chicken Add the chicken to the mayonnaise mixture and stir well to coat.
- Marinate the Chicken Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or up to eight hours. Let it come to room temperature before proceeding.
- Heat The Grill and Cook Heat your grill to medium high. Cook the chicken about four minutes per side, or until juices run clear.
Recipe for Lime Aioli Grilled Chicken Cutlets
I hope you give this easy grilled chicken recipe a try, and if you do, please come back and give the recipe a star rating and leave a comment about your experience with the recipe.
And if you have a favorite grilled chicken breast recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
What to serve with these grilled chicken cutlets? I always keep a package of Vigo Yellow Rice on hand. You can find it on the Mexican food aisle. Just stir in some frozen peas at the end of the cooking time for a splash of color. You could also prepare my recipe for Mexican Toasted Green Rice. Fun and full of flavors that would compliment this recipe.
More Chicken Cutlet Recipes
- Silver Palate Chicken Cutlets with Raspberries, Chicken breast cutlets simply topped with an easy mouthwatering raspberry sauce flavored with raspberry vinegar.
- Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette, Minimal prep, easy and family friendly. Tender breaded chicken cutlets splashed with a flavorful tomato cumin vinaigrette.
- Chicken Cutlets with Jalapeno Orange Sauce, A chicken dinner recipe that’s easy enough for a weeknight meal and impressive enough for entertaining.
And if you’re looking for more chicken recipes, don’t miss my Main Course Chicken category. You’ll find lots of great ideas including the most popular chicken recipe on my site for Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan.
Ginger Lime Aioli Grilled Chicken Cutlets
- 1 ½ pounds chicken breast cutlets
- salt and pepper to taste
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lime zest from about 2 limes, plus lime wedges, for serving
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger finely grated
- Pat the chicken dry and season all over with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, lime zest and ginger; season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the mayonnaise mixture and stir to coat. (The chicken can sit in the marinade for up to 8 hours in the fridge. Let come to room temperature before cooking.)
- To grill: Heat a grill to medium-high. Grill the chicken over direct heat until cooked through and juices run clear, about 4. Turn the chicken a few times to keep it from burning.
- Serve chicken with lime wedges, for squeezing on top.
Grilled Chicken Cutlets … It’s Whats for Dinner
This recipe is inspired by a recipe I found in the NY Times.