One skillet and 40 minutes is all it takes to transform chicken into a flavor-packed meal!
Skillet Chicken with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce: Serves 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes
Ingredients: • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts – total weight 2 ¼ pounds • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 1 tsp olive oil • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth • 1.5 Tablespoon fresh lime juice • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream for the healthiest version you could use 6 Tbs Greek yogurt • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
If the chicken breasts are uneven in thickness, pound them down so they're all even. This way all the breasts will cook through simultaneously. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper.
In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 6-7 minutes, turning once. You want the chicken nice and browned on the outside. (It doesn't have to be cooked all the way through yet.) Set chicken on a plate and cover tightly with foil until step 5.
Remove skillet from heat and add the broth, lime juice, onion, cilantro, and red pepper. Return to heat. Cook and stir to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to around 1/4 cup. (During this time you can steam some veggies to have on the side, like asparagus or broccoli.) Reduce heat to medium-low, then add the cream (or yogurt) and butter. Stir until butter has melted.
Add chicken to the sauce and place the skillet in the preheated oven. Bake until the chicken is completely cooked through, about 5-10 minutes.
Serve chicken with sauce spooned on top and any of the listed optional garnishes.
Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to your liking. This amount made the chicken mildly spicy. The cream in the sauce mellows out the spice.
You can adjust this recipe to skewer chicken and grill then add sauce after.
Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Reheat to your liking.
Be sure to add some healthy veggies to transform this recipe into a complete meal. I've added grilled veggies, steamed broccoli, or cauliflower rice just to name a few options.
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Did you know studies show: Yogurts can be high in protein, calcium, vitamins, and live culture, or probiotics, which can enhance the gut health. These can offer protection for bones and teeth and help prevent digestive problems. Low-fat yogurt can be a useful source of protein on a weight-loss diet. Probiotics may boost the immune system. So consider using yogurt as a healthy alternative in many recipes.
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