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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.

If you like this recipe, check out these other easy chicken dinner ideas:

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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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  • 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).
Notes

Nutrition

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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Nancy

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.

Kelly

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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. ?

DeX Dziekonski

5 stars
Delicious highly recommended easy as

Alexandra

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

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.

Can you use bone in chicken thighs?

Leslie

This was delicious and so easy to make just as is. We’ll be adding this to our menu list. Thank you!

Beverley

This was divine! will surely use this recipe and pass it on to friends

Lori Grierson

Excellent recipe. Don’t skimp on the lime juice! I just made up a bunch of the seasoning ahead of time, as I’ve been making this at least twice a week. I put the seasoning mix into a shaker jar for ease of use

Jennifer Vachon

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!

Brigitte

Making this right now ..also added a little brown sugar and a little more smoked paprika.

hesty

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.

5 stars
I cut the recipe down for 2 people and, OMGosh! This was the BEST chicken I’ve ever put in my mouth! Thanks so much for the fabulous recipe!

Lori Murphy

A friend shard this recipe, and I’m making it today!

Morgan

Could I use lemon juice instead?

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