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Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken Recipe

Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken Recipe: An easy dinner for any night of the week. Fresh simple ingredients and creamy sauce! Spice it up as much as you like!

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Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken

You can never really have too many simple chicken recipes, can you? We eat chicken for dinner several nights a week, so I’m always looking for new ways to spice things up.

Recently I made a pan-seared skillet chicken recipe for the kids that they absolutely loved. We called it Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken because I used fresh ingredients we always have on hand: lime, garlic, onions, and cilantro.

However, the garlic and lime flavor were the stand-outs.

Ready to give it a try?

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Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this fabulous Lime Chicken Recipe!

  • Chicken – four skinless boneless chicken breasts to be exact.
  • Lime – the juice and zest are needed for this recipe.
  • Jalapeño – this ingredient is optional!
  • Onion – a basic but essential addition to the recipe.
  • Garlic – one of the main flavor points.
  • Smoked Paprika – this smokey flavor enhances all of the other flavors.
  • Crushed Red Peppers – this gives the recipe some spice which you can adjust to your liking.
  • Heavy Cream – this makes the sauce nice and silky smooth.

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How to Make Skillet Chicken

Heat a large skillet with olive oil to medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.

Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken breasts. Quickly sear the chicken in the skillet to give it a golden-brown crust. Then remove from the skillet.

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Garlic Lime

Then add the onions, garlic, and grated jalapeno to the skillet. Saute to soften. Then add the chicken broth, lime juice, lime zest, chopped cilantro, paprika, and crushed red pepper. Let the chicken simmer in the sauce for several minutes to finish cooking.

The flavors meld together to create a rich tangy flavor with a punch of heat, that you can adjust to taste.

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Cream

Finally, add a splash of cream to the sauce for a silky finish. Serve the chicken with rice or grilled veggies with a spoonful or two of the garlic lime pan sauce over the top!

Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken is zesty and comforting, yet light enough to enjoy as often as you like.

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Leftovers

It’s also an appealing leftover. Try slicing the Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken to top a salad or add to a wrap. Even served cold, this spicy tangy chicken recipe is a winner!

Or try whipping up a quick side dish to go along with this chicken recipe:

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Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken Recipe: An easy dinner for any night of the week. Fresh simple ingredients and creamy sauce! Spice it up as much as you like!
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts average-sized
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper grated (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil to medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken breasts. Sear the chicken for approximately 5 minutes per side. Then remove from the skillet.
  • Add the onions, garlic, and grated jalapeno to the skillet. Saute for 2-3 minutes to soften. Then add the chicken broth, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 teaspoon lime zest, chopped cilantro, paprika, and crushed red pepper.
  • Stir the mixture, then add the chicken breasts back to the skillet. Simmer the chicken in the sauce for 7-8 minutes, turning the chicken once or twice in this process. Then stir in the cream and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer another 1-2 minutes, then serve warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 246kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 99mg, Sodium: 360mg, Potassium: 532mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 730IU, Vitamin C: 14.1mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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31 comments on “Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken Recipe”

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  2. Looks great! what delicious flavors!

  3. Has anyone made this in an instapot or electric pressure cooker? I would like to try to but don’t know for how long and high or low pressure. I’m assuming quick release and sear and saute before the pressure. I can’t wait to try this, I got 26 limes from my coop and chicken on clearance!

  4. Delicious!  Added a bit more lime and a couple tablespoons BBQ sauce and chili powder.  We didn’t have jalapeño pepper :)

  5. This turned out so incredibly well!! It was. DELICIOUS!! 

  6. This is delicious. I highly recommend doubling the sauce because we couldn’t get enough. I only had hot smoked paprika so it was a little spicy. Loved it!

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  10. It looks great! I’m going to make this tonight. Do you have any suggestions for side dishes that would go good with this?

    Thanks!

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  13. I made this last night to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I doubled the recipe and skipped the jalapeño. The crushed red pepper is all you need for heat. Absolutely delicious. I served it with cilantro, lime and black bean rice. Perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

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  15. I usually do not leave comments, but today, I just had to come back to let you know that I made this last night for dinner, and let me tell you that it has been bumped up to the one of the best dishes I’ve ever cooked! The depth of flavor was sensational! I never thought I could cook something so incredibly delicious! And, it was so simple to cook!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. This is a wonderfully simple recipe! Thank you for sharing. My husband loves this dish and I’m making it for a group potluck soon. I know it will be a hit! #imafan

  18. WOW this chicken looks absolutely incredible!  In fact as I type this my husband is asking me to make this tonight haha – pinning for sure!! 

  19. Mmmmm this chicken not only looks pretty it sounds delicious! Plus it’s all made in one skillet so how simple is that?!

  20. garlic is a friend with chicken, I love the way you present this amazing, I will try it for my dinner

  21. Good morning! Just letting you know that  I just featured this recipe in my 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes round-up. Hope a lot of my readers will come over here and check it out!

  22. The sauce looks to die for! Love that its all made on the stovetop perfect for busy fall evenings!

  23. Love that I have all these ingredients in the house! What a yummy, quick entree!

  24. what delicious flavors! looks great!

  25. YUM! Garlic and lime together is the best, I could eat this every night for dinner!

  26. Loving the flavors of this chicken dinner! 

  27. Josh loves all things lime, I know he’ll want me to make this for him!

  28. Seriously, this chicken looks so wonderful!!

  29. Loving these flavors! Lime is such a great way to flavor chicken!