This is such an easy dinner idea-One pan, creamy and cheese chili skillet chicken
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5 from 1 vote

One Pan Chili Lime Skillet Chicken

Only one pan, 30 minutes and a few ingredients needed to whip up this creamy, chili lime skillet chicken dinner. Serve the chicken over rice with your favorite vegetable and dinner is served!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: chicken, hispanic, Mexican
Keyword: chicken, chili, chili lime chicken, lime, one pan, one pot, skillet chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 449kcal


  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder (more or less to taste)
  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (about 1 medium lime)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (or half and half)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese


  • Pound chicken breasts until they are even in thickness, about 3/4" thick
  • In a small bowl, combine spices. Rub seasonings on both sides of the chicken breasts.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and saute for 1-2 minutes untill fragrant.
  • Add chicken and 1 tbsp of lime juice to pan, and sear for about 5 minutes each side. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside on a plate.
  • Pour chicken broth in pan and scrape brown bits off the bottom of pan to deglaze. Stir in lime juice and heavy cream.
  • Increase heat to high and bring to a low boil stirring constantly to make sure cream does not scald or burn to the bottom. Once boil starts, reduce heat and continue stirring until sauce has slightly thickened.
  • Once thickened, whisk in shredded cheese and sour cream.
  • Return chicken breasts to pan, cover and cook on low until chicken is completely cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve over rice or with vegetable of choice.