Easy skillet cilantro lime chicken is creamy, full-flavored and made just 20 minutes! 

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

4.64 from 112 votes

Easy One Skillet Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

By: Layla
Prep5 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Total25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 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!
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  1. This recipe was very good.
    I used 2% Greek yogurt in the sauce and it was delicious. I served it orzo

  2. Our kids are this up. No leftovers! YUM! I did use 7 cloves of garlic instead of the 2 it said in the recipe. We love garlic. Served it with roasted asparagus.

  3. Had this for the first time today. We really enjoyed it. I made a couple of changes. I used Fiesta Fajita seasoning the chicken thighs as a rub. I also added fresh lime zest to the lime juice. Finally, I add 1/4 teaspoon of Chipotle Chili powder instead of the red pepper, I would probably double that. Looking forward to left overs tomorrow. Thank you.

  4. I’ve been making this recipe for a while and it’s always a favorite. Quick and easy and delicious! I’ve put it over rice and over spaghetti pasta and both equally delicious. I tend to make a little extra sauce than what the recipe states .

  5. I made these and hey were delicious. I used a diced poblano pepper and sauteed it with the onion and garlic in lieu of the red pepper. I also used light sour cream. This is going to be a favorite in my home. Served with Lime zest & Butter flavored Jazmine rice and fresh beets.

  6. Why did my sauce curdle? Heat was off, half and half was warmish. Skillet was hot.

    1. It would most likely be the heat! Try using heavy cream next time.

  7. I have been making this recipe for a year or two now. One of my family’s favorites, first time I made it,they told me to put it on the keeper list. I have not tried it with sour cream but use half n-half or heavy cream or mix in a little yogurt. An awesome recipe and not a lot of work. Thank you!!

  8. I set yogurt out to come to room temp, removed pan from heat, added little at a time, still curdled. I’ve made cream sauces and yogurt sauces hundreds of times and never had problems. Aside from that, this recipe was still uninspired and meh. Don’t recommend.

  9. Very easy and quite delicious! A hit with my teenage son as well. Made it with low fat sour cream. Thank you!