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Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken in a Skillet
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5 from 12 votes

Keto Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken is an incredibly easy recipe of pan-seared chicken in a creamy cilantro-lime sauce. This chicken recipe is a great option for busy weeknights and suitable for those who prefer gluten free, low carb, or keto-friendly dishes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Chicken, Gluten Free, Low Carb
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 223kcal


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic * minced
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth * or stock
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves * minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes * optional
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 lime * juiced


  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Season the chicken with the salt and pepper and add to the hot skillet.
  • Cook the chicken until golden brown, about 6-7 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for about 5-7 more minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle.
  • Remove the chicken to a plate and tent with foil to keep it warm.
  • Add the garlic to the same skillet (no need to clean the pan beforehand). Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Add the chicken bone broth, 2/3rds of the cilantro, and red pepper flakes, if using.
  • Gently simmer until the liquid is reduced by 1/3, about 10 minutes.
  • Whisk in the heavy cream and half of the lime juice. Taste and add more lime juice, as needed.
  • Place the chicken back in the pan and spoon sauce over the top, if desired.
  • Top with the remaining cilantro.



Tips and Techniques

  • Fresh cilantro works best in this recipe, however, if you need to use dried, cut the amount in half.
  • The same goes for lime juice - fresh is best. If you use bottled lime juice, start with 1 tablespoon and gradually increase until the sauce reaches your desired flavor.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 453mg | Potassium: 456mg | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.5mg