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Cilantro lime chicken in cast iron skillet

Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Suzy Karadsheh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pieces 1x


All-star cilantro lime chicken recipe, prepared Mediterranean-style with a special spice mixture and cooked to tender perfection in a tasty garlic and lime sauce. You can cook this in the oven (my preference) or in the slow cooker (see notes for instructions.)



  • 8 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
  • Private Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 limes, juice of
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems removed, chopped; more for garnish

Spice mix:

  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt like this one
  • 1 tsp sweet Spanish paprika (or hot paprika, if you like)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the spices. Pat the chicken thighs dry, and season each thigh on both sides with the spice mix. Be sure to season underneath the skin as well. Let the chicken thighs sit in room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  3. When ready, heat 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in a cast iron skillet with a lid like this one. Brown the chicken thighs deeply on both sides in the heated oil. Remove from skillet and set aside briefly.
  4. Lower the heat and deglaze the skillet with the white wine. Let cook to reduce and then add the broth.
  5. Bring the liquid to a simmer then add lime juice and garlic.
  6. Now return the chicken to the skillet; and toss in the cilantro. Bring to a high-simmer for about 5 minutes or so.
  7. Cover and transfer to the 375 degree F-heated oven for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  8. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with more cilantro, if you like.


  • Cook’s Tip: Do not skip step #3. Browning the chicken thighs here provides more appealing crispy skin and adds great flavor.
  • Slow Cooker/Crockpot Instructions: Once you’ve browned the chicken and prepared the sauce, transfer the sauce to the bottom of a large slow cooker or crockpot. Nestle the chicken into the sauce and add the fresh cilantro. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours (internal temperature should register 165 degrees F.)
  • Recommended for this Recipe: our Greek Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil  and all-natural paprika and ground nutmeg.
  • Visit Our Online Store to browse our olive oil bundles and our spice bundles, including Ultimate Mediterranean Spice Bundle 
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Braised or Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Cilantro Lime Chicken, Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs, Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

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