Jalapeño Lime Chicken with Corn Mash

Jalapeño Lime Chicken with Corn Mash | Char grilled chicken with a delicious lime marinade served with a creamy sweet corn mash. Perfect for summer entertaining | Recipe by Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious Food for Easy Entertaining #chickenmarinade #backyardchicken #Grilledchicken #jalapenolime #chickenrecipe #easychickendinner

This Grilled Jalapeño Lime Chicken with Corn Mash is the perfect dish for summer entertaining. Cooked on the BBQ or grill the chicken has a smoky taste which works so well with the jalapeño lime marinade. Then paired with some sweet corn mash and the zing of jewelled onions. This meal is beautiful, delicious and so quick to put together.

Char grilled chicken with avocado and red onions on top. On a gunmetal plate and black table.

How to make the jalapeño lime chicken marinade

The beauty of this marinade is it doesn’t need long to work it’s magic. In as little as 15 minutes it will start to work.

The marinade is based around line juice and zest. Don’t forget the zest because it gives great flavor! Chopped jalapeños are added to the lime along with plenty of garlic. A touch of olive oil and some salt help to season the chicken.
I like to marinade my chicken in a ziplock bag, as I can use my hands to squish and smoosh the chicken into the marinade.

The lime juice starts to tenderise the chicken and the salt ensures that the flavors all penetrate into the meat.

Plus the natural sugars in the lime juice mean your chicken will get the beautiful grill lines on it when you place it on the BBQ or Grill.

Full table shot showing the white napkin, gunmetal plate and the char grilled chicken on a bed of sweet corn mash.

What to serve with jalapeño lime chicken?

Because the marinade is spicy and a touch sour I like to serve this with something creamy and sweet. This is where the sweet corn mash comes in!

It is super simple to make and is the perfect foil to the delicious grilled chicken.

How to make sweet corn mash

You can use fresh, frozen or canned corn to make this corn mash!

First onions and garlic are fried until translucent then they are cooked in vegetable stock with the corn. Once everything is hot and tender it is whizzed up with an immersion blender to make a rough mash. You can use a food processor if your want a very smooth mash. The addition of some sour cream, gives it a rich creamy finish.

Overhead view showing the garnishes on the char grilled chicken. Choped avocado, red onions, red chilli and fresh cilantro.

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Grilled Jalapeño Lime Chicken with Corn Mash

This Grilled Jalapeño Lime Chicken with Corn Mash is the perfect dish for summer entertaining. Cooked on the BBQ or grill the chicken has a smoky taste which works so well with the jalapeño lime marinade. Then paired with some sweet corn mash and the zing of jewelled onions. This meal is beautiful, delicious and so quick to put together.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern Australian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 611 kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts


You can change the measurement from US to metric at the bottom of this list

For the chicken:

  • 2 jalapeño chillies
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 chicken breasts

For the jewelled onions:

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Corn Mash:

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups sweet corn (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp sour cream

To serve:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2 limes
  • Fresh cilantro


Start with the chicken marinade:

  1. Finely chop the jalapeño and garlic and place in a large zip lock bag (or tupperware).
  2. Zest the limes into the bag and then cut them in half and add the juice, add the olive oil and salt. Then seal the bag and squish the ingredients together a little.
  3. Cover a chopping board with a sheet of cling film or baking paper.
  4. Place the chicken breasts on top and cover with another sheet of cling film or baking paper. Use a smooth meat mallet or your pestle from your pestle and mortar (or anything heavy) to slightly flatten the fat end of the chicken. You are aiming to get the whole breast a uniform thickness.
  5. Add the chicken breasts to bag and smooch everything about.
  6. Set aside for at least 15 minutes and up to 3 hours.

For the jewelled onions:

  1. Peel and finely chop the red onion.
  2. Place the onion into a non-metallic bowl, add the water, salt, sugar and the juice of the lime.
  3. Set aside until you are ready to serve.

For the corn mash:

  1. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic.
  2. Pour the olive oil into a small saucepan and cook the onion and garlic over a low heat until they are soft (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add the sweetcorn and vegetable stock then simmer, covered, for 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in the sour cream and use a immersion blender to smash the corn and create a coarse puree. (or use a food processor if you want a very smooth smash)
  5. Cover your corn mash and set the bowl over a second bowl of hot water (this will keep it warm)

To cook and finish the dish:

  1. Get the barbecue or griddle pan searingly hot.
 Turn the heat down to medium high and cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked through.
  2. Let the chicken rest whilst you chop the avocado and red chilli.
  3. Serve the chicken on a bed of the corn smash, topped with the chopped avocado, some of the jewelled onions, chopped chilli, wedges of lime and sprigs of cilantro.

Recipe Notes

You can use fresh, canned or frozen corn in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Jalapeño Lime Chicken with Corn Mash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 611 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 150mg 50%
Sodium 1452mg 61%
Potassium 1517mg 43%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 10g
Protein 54g 108%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 74.3%
Calcium 7.8%
Iron 12.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Close up of the char grilled chicken. Showing the grill lines and still juicy meat.

Jalapeño Lime Chicken with Corn Mash Anecdote
(aka my recipe ramble for those who love the waffle)

I live in Australia, a land famous for its fusion food. Our national cuisine is hard to describe. Once you have stepped over pavlova (and the question of NZ origins) moved past meat pies (a aussie thing I just don’t get!), given California the avocado and left the sausage sizzle in Bunnings car park* what are you left with?

We are definitely lovers of seafood, our Tassie salmon is some of the best in the world, we have the most amazing prawns (not called shrimps) and we know how to rock an oyster or 12.

BUT when it comes to food that is Australian it has to be the backyard BBQ. Having friends over, a few tinnies (Aussie for beer in cans) and the kids jumping in the pool. Well that is an Australian summer!

So this dish for me is 100% modern Australian.

(*Bunnings is our big DIY store and every weekend they have a tent selling sausage in a bun. It is always a local charity or organisation and at $2.50 it is a quintessential Australian weekend tradition! )

This recipe originally appeared as a guest post on Every Nook and Cranny


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  1. Reply

    This looks so fresh it looks like I could just eat it off the screen! I’m always looking for a good lime marinade and it looks like this is going on my grill this weekend! I love that you paired it with corn mash, I would not have thought to do it, and will also definitely be trying that as well! Thank you!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Tina, it is a summer family fav in our house. Hope you love it as much as we do 😀

  2. Reply

    This recipe for grilled chicken came just in the right time. Now that BBQ season is finally open, I’m in search for grilling recipes all the time 🙂 That jalapeño lime marinade sounds absolutely divine. And that sweet corn mash, oh my… what an amazing flavor combo. I can’t wait to make this for my family.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Natalie.
      It is such a great combo. I just love the sweet corn mash 😀
      I hope you enjoy it this BBQ season.

    • Michelle
    • April 30, 2018

    Loving all the fresh flavors of your chicken, I never had corn mash but it sounds so delicious!

    1. Reply

      It is so sweet and creamy and perfect with the spicy sour chicken 😀

  3. Reply

    I need to try this sweet corn mash sounds delicious along with spicy lime chicken great meal for summer outdoors.

    1. Reply

      It is so perfect for summer and meals out in the garden 😀

    • Sandhya Ramakrishnan
    • April 29, 2018

    That is beautifully put together dish. Love the spicy marinade for the chicken and the corn mash is perfect with the spicy chicken. I am dreaming about summer lunches already 🙂

    1. Reply

      Oh dreams of summer. They are just the best when the weather is a well and dull.
      p.s Thank you 😀

  4. Oh, Lordy, Claire!! This recipe has my name written all over it. The flavors! The lime marinade!! I can’t wait to get started on it. This is definitely a summer dish and I’m pinning right now so that I have the recipe. THANK YOU!!

    1. Reply

      I am so happy you love it 😀
      thank you for the pin.

    • pam
    • April 28, 2018

    It has finally warmed up enough to grill and this is going on this weekends menu! I love how you paired the tart flavors of the marinated chicken with the sweet smoothness of the corn. Brilliant!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Pam, it is such a yummy combo 😀

  5. Reply

    OMG this looks so good. I am so ready for summer grilling. We did have a BBQ last weekend….and guess what tonight (April 28th) they say SNOW flurries!!! Anyway, we did grill some corn…and it was so good. I will have to keep this recipe for when we actually get some nice weather.

    1. Reply

      SNOW IN APRIL???? Madness!!!
      Hope you get some warmer weather soon!

  6. Reply

    I’m seriously all over this recipe! Love everything about it, especially those chunks of avocado on top! Big time YUM!

    1. Reply

      Thank you 😀
      I just love creamy avocado 😀

  7. This looks and sounds so good! I love the toppings on this and you can’t go wrong with jalapeno lime!

    1. Reply

      It is such a great flavor combo isn’t it 😀

  8. Reply

    Waw, I really love the idea of corn mash – my kids will go bananas with that – they love corn and their mother never thought of mashing it – a great idea – I better get this on the plates soon. What a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing Claire .

    1. Reply

      I hope they love it. It is such a hit with my kids and the kids of my friends.
      Thank you for stopping by 😀

    • Liz
    • April 26, 2018

    Oh, my!Both the chicken and corn look spectacular! I will be making this when we can get fresh sweet corn—cannot wait!

    1. Reply

      This is wonderful with fresh corn. The sweetness is out of this world good with the jalapeño lime chicken 🙂

  9. I love meals like this, full of flavours and something you can enjoy outside. A great combination of ingredients for a perfect plate of goodness and flavour. Ideal for summer dining.

    1. Reply

      It really is perfect for eating outside on those lovely warm summer nights 😀

  10. This dish sounds so flavourful and delicious, perfect for the summer sunshine! What a great combination of flavours!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Bintu, so many people love this one 😀

  11. Reply

    This sounds just about right for an outdoor summer grill option. I love the sound and look of that corn mash! Great pairing of flavors, thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      The corn mash is just so creamy and delicious. I hope you love it too 😀

  12. Reply

    I think a good marinade can make all the difference to a piece of chicken and this sounds delicious!

    1. Reply

      It really does doesn’t it. Even a quick 15 minutes can make so much difference 😀

  13. Reply

    I am LOVING the sound of this, especially that sweetcorn mash! I’ve been craving creamy sweetcorn for some reason lately – like creamed corn (we can’t get it where I live in the UK) and I do think this might be a good alternative!

    1. Reply

      Creamed corn is such a comforting memory of my childhood. I do hope this satisfies your cravings 😀

    • Jane Saunders
    • April 26, 2018

    This entire dish looks so fresh, colourful and appetising. I particularly like the sound of the corn mash – might be a way to convert the non-eaters of corn in my home.

    1. Reply

      It is such a great summer dish. We all love it (although I leave the red chilli off for my 7 year old)

      Hope you can convert your non-corn-eater 😉

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