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

4.58 from 45 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Layla


  • 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon oil of choice
  • 1/4 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half or sour-cream or greek yogurt


  • 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.

  • 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 1/4 cup.
  • 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!

nutritional facts  per serving with heavy cream:Easy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken Nuritional Factsnutritional Facts per serving with greek yogurtEasy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken Nutritional FactsPIN RECIPEEasy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken


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    This was INSANE! i absolutely love cilantro and this dish Was perfect. I would 100% make this again! I was literally licking my plate and the pan!


    Loved it!!i substituted the heavy cream with SOUR cream.. and used sea salt… i also used water instead of the chicken broth.. and it was still delicious

    Joanne O.

    Back again….so I added some cornstarch/water mixture to thicken it up. Using the sour cream (I doubled the broth and sour cream), and it is scrumptious! However, I had brain fade and forgot to add the lime! I did put some shredded parmesan on it. To die for!

    Joanne O.

    I am making this right now! While the chicken is cooking, I added in the last bits of some frozen veggies: stir fry mix (onions, bell peppers), chopped spinach, and some peas. I’m going to do the broth and sour cream. Smells so good! Hopefully it’ll taste good, too! Will serve with steamed rice.


    Love this recipe. I’ve done it with shrimp as well and it’s bomb!


    Not good

    Susie Dembrow

    Super easy and delicious!


    This is one of my all time favorite recipes. So easy and flavorful. I like to serve it over brown rice or quinoa to soak up the amazing sauce (I usually double the sauce because I love it so much)! Thank you!!!


    Absolutely love this recipe major hit with the hubby. The kids ,not so much,too much cilantro (they say).


    It is easy and very tasty. I made it with greek yogurt because I think it’s healthier. My boyfriend loved it and said that there is no reason for us to go to restaurants… well, i’m the one cooking…

    Debra Nettesheim

    I make this at least once a week! My kids love it!


      Thanks for the 5 stars! So happy you and your family enjoyed the dish! <3


    This was sooo good!! Even the Little one loveD it!


    NoVice cook here. Made this recipe using greek yogurt and learned something new.

    My sauce curdled just at the End and I thought i’d ruined this dish. Turns out, Dairy sauces have specific needs pertaining to fat content, acidity and heat. Lesson learned! I was able to salvage the sauce by reducing the heat to low and Whisking in an egg yolk, but i do believe that altered the taste of what this should have been.

    Perhaps you could add some more specific directions for substitutions?

    I will be trying again using the Original ingredients 🙂


      Same here, yogurt curdled….sad girl here 🙁

    Linda Keller

    Delicious, followed the receipe, and used half and half.Poached the chicken in the sauce at the very end because it was n ot quite done. The whole family enjoyed it with savory rice and sauteed fresh corn. We had half a bottle of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Calcaire sitting in the fridge, and it was a lovely match. Will definitely make it again.