Easy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

Looking for an easy recipe? This easy one skillet creamy cilantro lime chicken is so flavorful! It only takes a few minutes to prep and cook and you’ll have dinner in no time!

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I was thumbing through my recipe notebook trying to find something easy that I could make for dinner. When my fingers turned to this luscious chicken recipe. I literally had just about everything on hand already, I only had to run and get the chicken.

I pulled it all together in minutes. Made some cilantro lime rice and… you know it… I roasted broccoli. The good old standby side dish.

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You guys this dish is so flavorful and smells heavenly. Creamy without being heavy or overly rich, the cilantro and lime help with that. It was just the thing to breakย me out of our taco/baked chicken/spaghetti rut.

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Not the most glorious picture of chicken, but oh well. I seasoned both sides of 8 chicken cutlets with kosher salt, black pepper, ground cumin, paprika and chili powder. No measurements needed.

Then I heated a large skillet and added 2 teaspoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Then just cook the chicken for about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate for a moment while you make the creamy cilantro lime sauce.

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I reduce the heat to low and add in the 1/2 cup of red onions and cooked them for a bit until soft and then added in the garlic. To that I added chicken broth, lime zest and juice, brown sugar and Dijon mustard.

Once those ingredients are combined I turned the heat to low and add in the cream and cilantro.

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Then simply returned the chicken to the pan (and any juices that have collected on the plate), spoon the creamy sauce over the top of each cutlet and continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink.

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That’s it! See how crazy simple this easy one skillet creamy cilantro lime chicken is. It’s brilliant. It’s flavorful and takes only minutes of prep and a few more minutes to cook, making this recipe perfect for any night of the week.

Serve the Easy One Pot Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken:

cilantro lime rice

grilled vegetables

lime wedges

chopped cilantro

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Enjoy!

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Easy One Pot Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

This one skillet creamy cilantro lime chicken is so flavorful and takes only minutes of prep and a few more minutes to cook, making this recipe perfect for any night of the week.

Yield: 4 to 6 depending

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 to 25 minutes

Total Time: about 40 minutes

Ingredients:

8 boneless skinless chicken cutlets (or chicken breast halves, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness or not if already thin)

kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

ground cumin

paprika

chili powder

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and minced

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 cup low sodium chicken broth

zest from 1 medium lime, plus

the lime juice or about 2 tablespoons

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving

kosher salt, to taste

Directions:

Heat a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

Meanwhile, season both sides of the chicken cutlets with pinches of kosher salt, black pepper, cumin, paprika and chili powder. I just eyeball the measurements.

Once the pan is hot, add in the oil and butter. Once the butter has melted, work in batches cooking the chicken for 4 minutes on both sides. Transfer to a large plate or platter and set off to the side.

Reduce the heat under the pan to medium-low, add in the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the chicken broth, brown sugar, Dijon and lime zest and juice. Use a wooden spoon to stir and scrape the brown bits on the bottom of the pan.

Once combined, pour in the heavy cream and add in the cilanto and stir. Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Return the chicken to the pan, spoon the creamy sauce over top and cook until the chicken is no longer pink and is fully cooked. About 5 minutes.

Serve with extra cilantro sprinkled over top.

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10 Responses to “Easy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken”

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    Mari — October 5, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Laurie looks delish! I would have to tweak it some with a few of the spices cause my daughter pain in the butt but for the most part I’d follow to the T! I just pinned may try this over the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 6th, 2016 @ 7:05 am

      Thank you, Mari! Tweak away! This recipe is pretty forgiving so if you want to just do salt and pepper that would be quite alright. Please let me know how you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Christina — October 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Looks Amazing, Making this tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 6th, 2016 @ 6:57 am

      Thank you! I hope you enjoyed it Christina! <3

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    michelle — October 5, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was so delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 6th, 2016 @ 6:53 am

      I’m so glad Michelle! <3

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    Donna — October 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I made this for dinner last night with boneless, skinless, thighs. Doubled the recipe (I’m feeding big boys/men). My family L-O-V-E-D it. Thanks.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 16th, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

      SO happy to hear it, Donna! <3

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    Hannah — October 10, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Looks tasty. Question on the recipe. When you say chicken cutlets, I’m picturing the butterflied chicken breast, pounded thin, that you would use for chicken parm. I don’t think that’s right for this recipe though; what’s the best type of chicken to use here?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 10th, 2016 @ 9:05 am

      Hi Hannah! Great question, yes chicken cutlets are simply chicken breasts butterflied all the way through (cut in half horizontally) and flattened to an 1/2-inch or so thickness. I did not flatten mine as they were smaller breasts to begin with. So if your grocery store carries chicken breast halves, it’s pretty much the same thing and feel free to flatten them or not. ๐Ÿ™‚

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