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

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!
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Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: chicken, hispanic, Mexican
Keyword: chicken, chili, chili lime chicken, lime, one pan, one pot, skillet chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 549mg | Potassium: 979mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 21% | Vitamin C: 11.9% | Calcium: 12.1% | Iron: 8.5%