Honey Lime Chicken Recipe

Honey Lime Chicken recipe for freezer meals

This is a recipe that my family will eat a couple times per month.  We had it last night for dinner in fact. 🙂



Total Cost for this Meal:

At Save-A-Lot I bought some bags of brown rice for .79 per bag. I used half a bag for my family = .40
The Chicken was bought at Albertsons for $1.88 lb -I used 1.5 lbs = $2.82
The Can of Pineapple was .79 at Winco — all other ingredients I just always have on hand.
Total cost= $4.01 for my family of 6 for dinner!

This is one of my thrifty weeknight meals. Enjoy 🙂


4.8 from 5 votes
Honey Lime Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Author: Karrie
  • 4 Chicken Breasts cut into strips
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 20 oz can pineapple tidbits keep the juice!
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp Lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Corn starch
  1. Cut the chicken into strips or bite sized pieces and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over med-high and add chicken.
  3. Cook chicken until golden brown.
  4. Drain the pineapple, keeping the juices.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice to the skillet.
  6. Cover and simmer 6-8 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken from the pan.
  8. Add honey, lime juice, soy sauce, cornstarch and remainder of pineapple juice to the pan.
  9. Bring to a boil stirring constantly.
  10. Cook and stir until thick and clear, about one minute.
  11. Add chicken and pineapple tidbits last and heat through.
  12. Serve over hot rice and it's cool to garnish with lime wedges or Chow Mein noodles.
  13. To freeze this recipe, cook it all up as directed above. Then let it cool, and add it to a gallon size freezer bag. Label and freeze. Then warm it up and serve with fresh hot rice.

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Honey Lime Chicken Recipe was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by Karrie

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  1. Thanks for sharing, looks and sounds yummy! Will have to try it out soon!

  2. I actually have everything for this a need a meal for tomorrow! Thanks!!

  3. This will be our dinner!!! I will let you know what the family verdict is. My menu ideas are getting boring and I Love that you are giving me some new family friendly ideas!!!

  4. Thanks! Made it tonight-it was a hit!

  5. This looks terrific! I’m impressed with the value of the meal, too. Will be trying this recipe at my house 🙂

  6. I made it – we ate it and everyone LOVED it! My kids were especially fond of the “Yummy Chummy” (Chow Mein) noodles.

  7. Emily Bleazard says:

    This is one of my favorites of yours, thanks for posting it!

  8. sarah dollar says:

    this was great…made it tonight…big hit w/ kids and hubby…used lemon juice instead of lime and added snow peas…great hot weather dish!!! THANKS!!!

  9. I’m making this tonight! Can’t wait to try it out.

  10. Had this for dinner last night, along with the biscuits….fabulous!! My picky family even though it was good enough to have again (and again), so thanks so much for sharing…love your sight/blog.

  11. We ate this tonight for dinner. I loved it…My kids finally warmed up to it. At first they weren’t sure what was in there but after tasting it they liked it. Hubby not home yet to try it. I added onions in and carmelized them just after I cooked the chicken. I maybe would put them in with it but it was an afterthought. I think this would be a fabulous base to add anything you might see in mongolian. Asparagus cuts would be good, water chestnuts, etc.

  12. Emily Bleazard says:

    I finally made this for dinner last night. It was delicous despite me wanting to use fresh squeezed lime juice and getting limes that didn’t have any juice in them! It was still yummy! Thanks again!!

  13. Mim Corkins says:

    FANTASTIC recipe! All 4 of my kids loved it, and it’s very rare to make a meal they all love! I tried it with pork, too, and didn’t change anything else, and it was just as good (and still super inexpensive!).

  14. Your recipes will be a great way for me to prepare for my busy work schedule.

  15. How is this frozen? Throw it all together, cook and then freeze? Or cut it all up and freeze then cook?

  16. This is a great idea. The recipes sound lovely. Thank you for sharing. But can I ask… Do you give your family some fresh greens and veg with their meals because it wouldn’t be too healthily only eating the meat and rice etc? I guess some frozen beans and peas etc would be ok with the meal.

  17. Sounds and looks fabulous! Love the real life pics too! Could you please describe how exactly you reheat your frozen meals? You take the ziploc baggies out of the freezer and then…how are you reheating? Any special method for certain meats? Thanks a bunch!!

    • Hello Chastity, Usually I take out the frozen ziploc in the morning and put it in the fridge to thaw all day. Then at night I make some rice, and add the honey lime chicken to a wok or larger frying pan and reheat for a few minutes till warm. 🙂

  18. Can’t wait to try this one. Our freezer club is going to try some of these but I didn’t see the number of servings on the recipes? Do you have an average number of servings in mind for your recipes? THANKS!

    • Hello Kim, I would say each recipe would feed around 4-6 people depending on how big of portions you have. Each recipe feeds my family for the dinner and sometimes leftovers and there are 6 in my family. My husband and I, two 13 year olds, an 8 year old and a 6 year old.

    • Oh and a FREEZER CLUB? That is flippin’ awesome!

  19. Is there a veggie that will go well, and freeze well with this as well?

  20. Melissa Dawn says:

    Thank you This is a great recipe for Dinner 🙂

  21. All these meals sound great! I will be trying this one tonight. I am lovig your website!!!

  22. What would you suggest as the best way to warm this all up so that it tastes (almost) as good as when it was made?

    • I just add it to my wok-style pan and heat it up. There is a sauce inside it so I cook it until its all nice and bubbly again.

  23. Yum-O! Made this recipe last night and my husband and I absolutely loved it.

  24. Half bag of rice for a family of 6??? You really need to quit being so cheap and feed your family!!

    • Why are you so rude? If you don’t like what she has to say why do you come to this site?

    • I know this post is from 2013, but really-
      A bag of rice (1lb) has approximately 10 servings. Why is 5 servings of rice for 6 people that include children, that crazy? Especially when served with other food…

  25. I just made this! I added three colors of sweet peppers and onions. It is beautiful and delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  26. Could I divide everything by half for 2 people servings? Or just cook 2 chicken breast? Sound yummy…

  27. Looks delicious and sounds divine….but I would add matchstick carrots and some green pepper for added flavor and color.

  28. Does this freeze well? I just found your site and I’m in love with the idea of being able to freeze several meals then just warm them up! I get tired of cooking night after night lol.

  29. If I triple the recipe I can freeze 3 of these? Will it not get freezer burnt in just a gallon bag?

    • Hello, yes you can freeze 3 separate bags of this meal. Here are my tips on how to avoid freezer burn–>http://happymoneysaver.com/avoid-freezer-burn/

  30. I made this tonight and was scraping the plate! This was yummy!
    I made a smaller amount I live alone and have a tiny ref/freezer)
    and had a half a large can of chicken so used that. As it is salty even after rinsing I used chopped garlic instead of garlic salt & added a few thin onion slices as I warmed the chicken in oil with garlic to add some flavor.
    I had no lime so used fresh lemon juice and squeezed a little on top when done. I was going to save some for tomorrow-didn’t happen! It was too good! I made extra rice for some fried rice for tomorrow. I have several children with families who could probably benefit from freezing ahead meals and I will send them a link over here. Thanks for sharing!

  31. I don’t like pineapple. How do you think the recipe would turn out if I just skipped it?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I think it would still taste pretty good but the pineapple does add a lot of flavor especially when making the sauce with the juice. Maybe if you added a veggie like peppers or something to give it a different texture when eating. Let me know how it turns out!

  32. I am trying to find new foods that my taste buds will like. I am not a real pineapple person. Is this escpecially sweet?

  33. Oh, I wanted to ask you about making chicken recipes and freezing. Does it still taste like chicken. I never had much luck.

  34. hello, could I use roasted whole chicken that I roasted earlier in the crock pot?

  35. Hi, Can I pre-cooked the rice and freeze it together with the chicken?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      You can freeze all the ingredients together BUT the rice. Rice mixed together with the sauce and then frozen will not create the same effect as having fresh rice. But you can cook rice up the day before and warm it up for your dinner to save time.

  36. Doubled this recipe last night for dinner and the freezer. Came out great with compliments from the family. My husband isn’t a huge fan of fruit + meat, but the lime juice made it balance out great and he said it was a keeper! Thank you for my very first dive into a freezer meal.

  37. I see you have a family of 6. are your recipes all set up for a family of 6 I don’t see a serving size on them so I was just wondering

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I try to include a serving size on the recipes but on some of them I guess I didn’t! This recipe is 6 servings or 2 adults, 4 kids!

  38. Hey Karrie – I made some changes; my process went like this:

    I chopped a medium-sized yellow onion and two small orange peppers and added them to my biggest skillet with a little coconut oil. While those cooked on medium heat, I cut up my lean pork into smallish cubes, and chucked those into the skillet with the veggies. While that was on fire, I whisked together my “liquid” ingredients in a bowl: honey, lime, soy sauce and the pineapple juice from the tidbits can. I also added a little bit of water, maybe a 1/4 of a cup, because I had added more veggies and I wanted there to be a little more sauce.

    Before I poured the sauce liquid over the veggies and pork, I put the pineapple over them and set the snow peas on top of all of that. The rising steam from the sauce liquids cooked the snow peas to perfection. From there, it was pretty much your instructions: cook, drain liquids, make sauce, combine, serve over fluffy rice – and impress everyone. Thanks for this great recipe! 🙂

  39. Elizabeth Garza says:

    Love this recipe, just needed more sauce so next time i will simply double the sauce!
    it served 3 adults, 1 teenager, and three kids.

  40. I made this tonight to freeze as a post baby meal since I’m expecting my first baby in less than two weeks. I tried a few bites and loved it! I will certainly make this again! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  41. wow i love these! cant wait to stock my freezer! also, the insane low prices of your groceries BLOWS my mind!

  42. Lisa Hobson says:

    Hi! I was wondering if I could use fresh pineapple instead? Thanks!

  43. Thanks for posting this recipe. It looked really nice but unfortunately my partner and I just didn’t like it. I think it was the honey and citrus combination. It made the dish taste like chicken with cough lollies.

  44. Latarsha says:

    I’m having a little one in September and I already have 3 kids. I’m trying to get in the habit of doing freezer meal by the week and building from there.
    how do you reheat meals coming from the freezer. I am new to this and I have never done leftovers.
    Help me

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Take the freezer meal out of the freezer the night before and then stick in the oven thawed. It helps it cook faster. Then follow the directions on how to cook it in the recipe!

  45. Hi Karrie,
    I’ve made this a few times & my family really enjoys it. I did make some changes with good results. I brined the chicken breasts before cooking so they didn’t dry out. My guys like this dish a little more saucy, so I used a small can of pineapple juice in addition to the juice from the pineapple chunks. At the end, I tossed in some cashew halves. Served it over brown rice & my guys loved it. Another easy, fast weekday meal. Thanks !!

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