Easy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

Easy skillet cilantro lime chicken is creamy and full flavored and made in the comfort of you skillet making it the perfect 20 minute dinner. 
Easy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime ChickenDinner just doesn’t get any easier! One skillet (or one pan) dinners are my absolute favorite to make. They require minimal prep and clean-up so you don’t end you stressing about dirty pots and pans later!

This creamy cilantro lime chicken is extremely easy to make and has become a weekly part of our dinner routine. The chicken is tender and flavorful and the creamy sauce is just out of this world. The chicken can be served with a  side of veggies, rice, or even pasta.

For the creamy texture, heavy cream or half and half works great but if you’re on a diet, we like to use sour-cream or greek yogurt instead. You end up with the same flavor and texture and skip out on some of the added calories.Easy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken


Easy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

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Serves: 4


  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon oil of choice
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth (water can also be used)
  • Juice of 1 lime (or 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream or half and half (or sour-cream or greek yogurt)


  1. In a large heavy-duty skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper then add the chicken and cook for 7-8 minutes, turning once or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet and cover with foil on a separate plate, set aside.

  2. Add onions to the same skillet (without washing it) and cook onion for 1 minute. Add garlic and cook for just 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, lime juice, cilantro, red peppers flaked, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a gentle boil for 8-10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by ¼ cup.
  3. Whisk in cream during the last minute. Turn off heat and return chicken to the sauce. Garnish with more cilantro. Serve with aside of steamed veggies or rice. Enjoy!

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  • Claudette

    Great recipe! I used half and half and added a half block of cream cheese. It was so creamy and yummy! This will be a regular to our menu😊

  • Shannon Burgoyne

    I added the lime right when I added the chicken stock, and I didn’t have any curdling with the heavy cream at the end. My family LOVED this recipe!! Thanks!

  • Maureen

    Awesome and so easy. I love the taste of cilantro and lime so this was a winner. Served over rice and with brocoli on the side. I’m thinking this will be an easy meal to make for guests.

  • Kitty

    I made this last week using the greek yogurt substitution and was thrilled with the results! It makes for a tangy and creamy change of pace for a healthier chicken entree! Will definitely be making again!

  • Beth

    So amazingly delicious. I have an incredibly picky husband and he can’t wait for me to make this again. A true taste sensation.

  • Najah

    This was delicious! The recipe calls for the correct amount of ingredients, temp, etc.. so when I doubled it, it was perfect. The one thing I tweaked, was that I only browned the chicken at first, and added it back to the sauce after the cream was added, to let it cook through – on low for about 20 min. This allowed the sauce to thicken up as well. I also added the lime last, like some other people suggested, and I had no problem with curdling. Plus, I added a splash of wine!

  • CC

    Really good. Picky 5 year old asked me to make it “every day” … only mine curdled too. How to avoid that? Will definitely make again.

  • Elle

    This was great recipe my husband and I loved it. my only suggestion is if you use sour cream instead heavy cream season with less salt mine was a little salty, but now I know better for next time.

  • Cambria

    Sooooo D-lish!!! Added mushrooms and will make it again and use bell peppers! I did need more sauce though so will double the liquid next time. Mmmmm good 😉

  • Cherie

    I made this for dinner tonight. I also had the lime juice curdle the cream but it was so tasty. My family loved it and I will definitely make this recipe again.

  • Lori

    How did anyone not have the lime juice curdle their cream. Mine tasted great but looked terrible like full of little lumps. Not the most pleasant texture. ????

  • Lauren Windle

    This is my all time favorite recipe. I have made it quite a few times as written but I typically double the sauce just because it is SO FREAKING GOOD! I also make rice and put the chicken and sauce over rice. Love it, Love it, LOVE IT!!!!

  • Kay

    Wow, I just made this and it turned out really good but I used plain yogurt instead of the heavy whip cream. That’s what I had in my Fridge and I didn’t want to go grocery shopping. Thank you for the recipe.

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