Delicious Bahamian Grilled Chicken Breasts

One of the reasons that I love summer so much is that I cook a lot less than I would in the winter. Not because we don’t eat or we eat out but because my husband takes over most of the cooking doing it outside on the barbecue. Because we grill so often we like to switch it up and try new flavours for some of our favourite meats and this Bahamian Marinade for Chicken tastes amazing. The chicken doesn’t need to be in the marinade for long around an hour in total was perfect. So here it is Bahamian Marinade for Grilled Chicken Breasts and Thighs.

How to Make This Caribbean Marinade for Grilled Chicken

As a family, we love the taste that comes out of the Caribbean islands, coconut, limes, spices and more and this chicken is no exception.

chicken breasts marinading in orange and line juice.

By soaking the chicken in the lime juice before adding the marinade it makes it that little juicier and the bite that the lime brings is delicious.

The soaking of the chicken in the lime is a tradition used in the Caribbean as well as in Central America and although it does add flavour to the chicken it was more of a necessity. The lime being acidic kills the bacteria that is found on the chicken especially when soaked. The taste a delicious bonus.

mixing together a Bahamian marinade for grilled chicken breasts.
raw chicken breasts in a spicy Bahamian marinade.

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chicken breasts grilling marinaded in a Bahamian marinade
Grilled chicken breast on the barbecue with a Bahamian seasoning on them.

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Yield: 4 people

Bahamian Grilled Chicken Breasts

BBQ grilled Bahamian Grilled Chicken Breasts close up.

Inspired by the barbecues of the Bahamas this Caribbean grilled chicken recipe is mildly spiced unlike the original from the islands and taste delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinade Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of lime juice From a bottle or freshly squeezed
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic use less if you are not a fan of garlic
  • small handful of fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper.


  1. Lay the chicken breasts in a glass dish and pour over the lime juice.

  2. Turn so that they are coated and then set aside for 5 minutes.

  3. Turn the chicken breasts and repeat this till the chicken has soaked for 20 minutes.

  4. In a jug mix together the finely chopped onion, crushed garlic, fresh thyme, olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper.

  5. When the time is up for the chicken pour off the lime and add the mix.

  6. Coat the chicken breasts thoroughly with the mix and turn and coat again.

  7. Cover and place in the fridge.

  8. Leave to marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes but you can marinate for up to 2 hours.

  9. Heat the barbecue to a high setting and then place in the hottest part.

  10. Turn frequently until thoroughly cooked.

  11. Enjoy with some rice and beans and a salad for some traditional Caribbean flavours.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 680mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 38g

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