These deliciously tender, juicy chicken will definitely give you something to squawk about. While you don’t have to be a pitmaster to whip these up, they do come out looking positively professional if you follow these easy steps. And , we can all agree that there’s something inherently satisfying about licking sloppy fingers after eating a Best Ever Cilantro Lime Skillet Chicken.

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


  1. Heat the oil and melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until frothing, add the chicken, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste, and cook until lightly golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side, before setting aside.
  2. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the broth and deglaze the pan by scraping up any brown bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon while the broth sizzles.
  4. Add lime juice and zest and season with salt and pepper to taste before removing from the heat and adding the cilantro and chicken.