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This Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken is a simple, easy dinner idea that will get a tasty dinner on the table fast. 

Garlic lime chicken in a cast-iron skillet.

Looking for an easy dinner idea? Look no further! This chicken is easy to make and uses spices you probably already have in your pantry. This recipe is flavorful and will easily become a family favorite. It can be made either in a skillet, or take it out to the grill for some spring and summer backyard barbecue action.

What kind of skillet should I use?

A heavy bottom skillet will provide the most even heat distribution. Cast iron pans work great for skillet cooking, but you can use other pans as well like stainless steel or nonstick. Choose a skillet that has a thick, heavy bottom to it.

What temperature does chicken need to be cooked to?

Chicken needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. The actual time that it takes to reach that temperature varies based on the amount of heat applied and the size and thickness of your piece of chicken. Cuts of chicken do vary in size so use a meat thermometer for the most accurate results.

Close up of Garlic lime chicken in a cast iron skillet.

Can I use chicken breasts in this recipe?

Yes, you can! Boneless skinless chicken breasts will work great in this recipe as well. The cooking time will change slightly, depending on the size and thickness of your chicken breasts. Chicken always needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

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Garlic lime chicken in a cast iron skillet.
This Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken is a simple, easy dinner idea that will get a tasty dinner on the table fast.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, salt, paprika, pepper, cayenne pepper, and parsley. Sprinkle generously over chicken thighs.
  • Heat butter and olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Sear chicken until golden brown 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  • Add minced garlic and lime juice. Continue cooking chicken until chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, coating chicken with juices.
  • Serve hot with lime wedges or slices and chopped fresh parsley to garnish (optional).


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 299mg | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Chicken Recipe
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March 31, 2020 5:33 pm

5 stars
Thanks so much for this new recipe! My husband and I loved it! Topped it off with fresh cilantro. We will be adding this to our collection. ?

May 13, 2020 4:46 pm

5 stars
Delicious! Used chicken breasts instead of thighs & added a bit more lime juice. My husband said it was definitely a “must have again” recipe.

Sharon May
September 9, 2020 11:40 am
Reply to  Nancy

I was going to ask if anybody had tried using chicken breast instead of thighs. Thank you Nancy

Jennifer Vachon
March 6, 2019 2:18 pm

This recipe was so incredibly easy and delicious! I used chicken breast instead of thighs. My husband and son were crazy over it! Awesome lime and garlicky flavor!

Lisa Rubio
September 10, 2020 4:49 pm

5 stars
I just want to say that is is Aahmazing!
Just as every single thing I have made from “Stay at Home Chef”.
Seriously, everything is foolproof, ultra easy and absolutely delectable! I could spend hours, but why?
Rachel!!!! I am your biggest fan!!!
Thanks for making me a great cook.
And my man thanks you too!

October 30, 2018 3:55 pm

5 stars
made this with cilantro lime rice recipe and it was so good! will be making this again tonight as per husband’s request.

May 31, 2018 9:14 am

Could I use lemon juice instead?

Shawn Hutchinson
October 19, 2020 1:41 pm

5 stars
One of my favorite chicken dishes

September 9, 2020 7:29 pm

We just finished this cooked on the bbq! We loved it! A definite winner!
My variation however, was less garlic. It still turned out fabulous!
Thank you Stay at Home Chef! 👍

Milette famorcs
September 7, 2020 12:48 pm

This looks goood and I stm making it to tonight, just got the ings I need. Thx for sharing

Robin Stewart
August 15, 2020 7:31 pm

5 stars
I made this for dinner tonight and it just might be my new favorite! I was a little hesitant about using 3 T of lime juice since it can be overpowering, but it was perfect. The only change I made was to cut back the olive oil (I use an olive oil mister) and only 1 T of butter. Truly delicious!

Marsha Kamler
July 20, 2020 7:58 am

5 stars
Can’t wait to try this recipe😍🌺

DeX Dziekonski
May 13, 2020 1:37 pm

5 stars
Delicious highly recommended easy as

February 19, 2020 6:46 pm

5 stars
This is one of my favorite chicken recipes! The only change I’ve made is to use 1/2 the lime juice and also add the zest of one lime. Thank you for this great recipe!

Lois Cassia
August 5, 2019 8:29 pm

5 stars
Yup, added another of your recipes to my favourite list. Easy, and so full of flavour. Served it with rice pilaf. Delicious! Thanks Rachel.

June 26, 2019 8:36 am

Can you use bone in chicken thighs?

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