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Creamy Chicken with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Hi folks.  Time for one of my quick and easy 30 minute meals. Stand back…creamy chicken with cilantro lime sauce is ready to go in a flash.  

You don’t need a gazillion bowls or ingredients. But don’t let that fool you. This dish is delish!

It’s perfect for any special occasion and shhhh… one needs to know how little time  it takes to prepare.

It’s sort of Bobby Flay gone Julia Child.  (As in, it has a hint of Mexican flavors, but the creamy sauce screams French to me.)Creamy chicken with cilantro lime sauce

30 Minute Meal – Creamy chicken with Cilantro Lime Sauce.

Today, I am going to show you how one pan, a few ingredients and lots of love will take some plain ole chicken tenders into something really special.

It is creamy and buttery with a hint of cilantro and the taste is to die for. 

I love the way this dish comes together so quickly.  Just brown those chicken tenders for a while and get your other ingredients going while they cook.

I used a fat free chicken broth to keep the calories down.  That way, I didn’t mind using a teeny bit of cream.  Heavy cream makes all the difference to this dish.  Skim milk just won’t cut it.

TIP: Have you discovered that you have no heavy cream on hand?  Try making your own heavy cream with just two ingredients in seconds.

ingredients for cilantro lime chicken

One of the secrets to the sauce is the delicious caramelized onions.   They get so sweet and taste wonderful with the cilantro and lime.

Trust me.  It will be all you can do not to lick the sauce right off the plate!creamy chicken with cilantro lime sauce
Serve the chicken with some lime rounds and steamed broccoli.  If you want something a bit heavier, the dish also goes well with my spicy Mexican rice. And don’t be surprised if your family asks you to make this recipe again and again.

Which is not a problem, since it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish.  Don’tcha just love easy peasy?

creamy chicken with cilantro lime sauceNo one will be saying this is “just chicken for dinner” after this meal.  No way, no siree!

Yield: 2

Creamy Chicken with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Creamy Chicken with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 pkg boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground cracked black pepper
  • ¾ cup fat free chicken broth
  • 1½ tbsp fresh lime juice
  • lime zest
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp butter, cubed
  • lime wedges and parsley to garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Sprinkle the chicken tenders with Kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
  • In a frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 10 minutes, turning once until the chicken is lightly browned and no longer pink inside. Set aside while you prepare the sauce.
  • Put the onions in the same pan, and cook them gently using a spatula to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom. Get the onions nice and caramelized and then add the broth, lime juice, lime zest,, and cilantro. Turn the heat to medium and cook, bringing the mixture to a boil. Continue to boil gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to around ¼ cup. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and add the cream and butter. Stir until butter has melted.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and coat both sides with the sauce. Cook over a medium low heat until it is thoroughly cooked, another 2 minutes or so.
  • Spoon the sauce over the chicken and garnish with lime wedges and fresh parsley.
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    Wednesday 11th of January 2017

    Your recipe has some mistakes was gonna try and make but had to guess at some stuff


    Wednesday 11th of January 2017

    Thanks for letting me know about the errors. I have fixed them now. Carol

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