Chocolate Chili Chicken with Lime Butter

Chocolate Chili Chicken with Lime Butter
  • Sumo

I wasn’t sure what to call this recipe. It was SO, SO good, that I wanted to call it “Damn Fine Chicken”, but Nom Nom Paleo already has a recipe called that.

I know this sounds like a strange combination of spices to some of you, but you just have to trust me that the results are out of this world delicious. We have added cocoa powder to savory dishes like chili before, and I like the subtle flavor it adds. However, I usually don’t like savory dishes that have cinnamon in them. I love cinnamon, but I like it in my sweet desserts, not in my dinner. This dish didn’t taste like cinnamon at all to me. The lime butter part takes a great tasting chicken and somehow makes it even better.

Have I gushed enough about how delicious this was? I will be making this recipe over and over again.

Sooooo good!


  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup (leave out if you’re doing a Whole30)
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 chicken breasts

What to do

  1. Put everything in a zip lock bag and smoosh it all round.
  2. Add in your chicken breasts and smoosh around some more until all of the chicken is coated with the marinade.

    Marinate for a few hours

  3. Marinate in the fridge for a few hours.
  4. Remove your chicken from the bag and lay it out on a foil lined baking sheet.

    Ready for the oven

  5. Bake your chicken in a 220 C (425 F) oven for about 20 minutes.

Lime Butter Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of ghee
  • 1/2 shallot (or white onion), finely chopped
  • 1 small red Thai chili, finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 fresh lime

    Lime Butter

Melt your ghee in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add in the shallots and red chili pepper and cook until the shallot is translucent. Add in the lime juice. Drizzle this over your chicken.

More than “Damn Fine”




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  1. This looks awesomely delicious! Thanks for sharing! great idea for marinade 😀

    • Thanks Jos!

  2. This looks super yummy! I have seen chill recipes calling for cocoa but never tried it!
    I’m gone try this over the weekend!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful afternoon!

    • This is definitely a new favorite at my house!

      • OH MY GOD.
        I had this for lunch today, was Amazing & Delicious. This was by far the best chicken i have eaten!
        Thanks again for such a wonderful recipe! I will be making this again & again & again!

        • Hi Christian,
          YAY!! I’m so glad you like it as much as I did. I will also be making it again and again and again 🙂

  3. Want to make this for dinner tonight – marinading time will have to be short though as I haven’t been shopping yet 🙁

    • Don’t worry…I’ve done pretty short marinading time before (less than an hour) and it was still really delicious 🙂 Let me know how it turns out…

  4. I’m going to make this for your brother, he’s coming for lunch this Thurs. He’s kind of picky but I know he will like this. The only thing as good as your receipes are your fantastic pictures.
    Love, Mom

    • There are lots of recipes on here that I’ve only made once, but this isn’t one of them. We LOVE this chicken and it’s one I’ve made over and over. I hope you and Beau like it 🙂