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Lime Chicken with Cilantro Rice

One-Pan Lime Chicken with Cilantro Rice

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  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This One-Pan Lime Chicken with Cilantro Rice pairs juicy, tangy chicken thighs with lime-infused cilantro and basmati rice. 


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  • 6 Chicken Thighs
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cilantro Flakes
  • 3/4 tsp Onion Powder, divided
  • 2 tsp Salt, divided
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp Lime Juice, divided
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 2 tsp Lime Zest
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • Fresh Lime


  1. Pat the chicken thighs dry and season evenly with smoked paprika, cilantro flakes, ¼ tsp
    onion powder, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp black pepper. Drizzle 1 Tbsp lime juice over the chicken.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet at medium-high heat. Place chicken thighs skin side down and sear
    for 5 to 6 minutes on each side until golden and crispy. Remove chicken from the skillet and
    set to the side.
  3. Lower skillet heat to medium. Add butter and garlic, stirring for 1 minute until the garlic is
  4. Add the basmati rice, ¼ cup lime juice, lime zest, ½ tsp onion powder, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp
    black pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add fresh cilantro and chicken stock. Stir to immerse rice in stock fully. Brings ingredients to
    a slight boil, then slightly reduce the heat to medium-low.
  6. Return the chicken thighs to the skillet skin side up, cover with lid, and simmer for 15
    minutes until the rice is fully cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  7. Remove from heat and allow the chicken and rice to rest uncovered for 10 minutes. Finish with a drizzle of fresh lime juice to serve.


After searing your chicken thighs, you may find excess liquid in the pot. You can discard or
leave a little behind for added flavor.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 513
  • Sugar: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 1314mg
  • Fat: 17.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 46.3g
  • Cholesterol: 140mg