Easy Skillet Cilantro Lime Chicken


Chicken for dinner again? Heck yes! And with this easy skillet cilantro lime chicken, your kids will be begging for more!

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I’m always on the lookout for versatile chicken recipes because who knows? Maybe I’ve stocked up on chicken breasts via one of Zaycon Fresh’s $0.99 sales, or maybe I’m using those $0.59 leg quarters you get at Walmart.

Or maybe both, since I prefer white meat and the rest of my family prefers dark.

But the point is, I like recipes that work well with whatever cut I’m using.

Photo shows a skillet of cilantro lime chicken

In this particular easy skillet cilantro lime chicken recipe, I like to use either chicken breasts or chicken thighs – cutting the drumsticks off of those $0.59 leg quarters – with the fat all trimmed off. Because, let’s be honest, they look nice.

That may sound funny, but we really do eat with our eyes first, so it’s nice to have a pretty dish.

The kids both love this dish, which surprised me at first because it’s covered with cilantro – I guess at this point, they’re used to me garnishing their food, and truthfully, I don’t require them to eat very much of it.

I love the bright, citrusy flavor paired with the paprika, but really the best part is that it takes about 15 minutes to make from start to finish – about the same amount of time it takes to make Mexican rice in the instant pot. Now that’s an easy dinner win!

Image shows a plate with chicken, rice and greens on a table

If you’re low carb, simple cauliflower fried rice is also an excellent side dish to serve with cilantro lime chicken, and of course, no southern dinner table is complete in the summer without mango iced tea. 😉

Try this easy dinner recipe here:


Easy Skillet Cilantro Lime Chicken

Ready to try out a tasty new recipe for your family? This easy cilantro lime chicken will be a huge hit!

  • Author: Elise


  • 12 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 46 chicken thighs, 2-3 leg quarters, or equivalent 1lb chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/21 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet
  2. Place chicken in skillet skin side up and sprinkle with lime juice and seasonings
  3. Slice lime thinly and layer slices on and around chicken
  4. Cover skillet and cook over medium heat for 10-12 minutes if using thighs or legs, or 5-7 minutes for thinner boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  5. Remove lid and flip chicken. Cook on second side for another 10-12 minutes until skin is crisped, and chicken in done inside.
  6. Flip chicken again so the crisp skin side is up
  7. Garnish with cilantro and serve
  8. Enjoy!

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  1. Elise, this recipe is a winner! Even my picky children love it! We have also made ahead and frozen it, the chicken still tastes great reheated. I am making this to take to a couple of friends who need some meals right now.

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