Easy 'n Elegant Chicken with Lime Butter

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

Few ingredients, simple to make, yet Chicken with Lime Butter never fails to impress. I have served this to children and adults, family and guests, and everyone has loved it. I found the recipe at a family owned store in Valparaiso, Indiana - which means I've had it for about 16 years. I was grocery shopping with friend of mine, who is now a missionary in a country I'd never heard of five years ago. We were looking for something new and different to feed her family and my DH, who were all back at her house. Now her husband wouldn't eat ANYTHING green other than jello, and the closest he got to eating vegetables was the occasional baked bean. So he hemmed and hawed at this chicken sitting on his plate with little green flecks in it. When we finally convinced him that herbs aren't REALLY considered to be VEGETABLES, he finally relented and tasted. It passed the test and became one of his favorites -- and everyone else's as well. Pair this with your favorite rice pilaf or buttered parsley potatoes, add a nice big tossed salad, and maybe some fresh rolls, and you've got a simple but sensational dinner.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Spray large non-stick skillet with cooking spray, or lightly brush with oil.
  3. Place on stove over medium heat, and add chicken.
  4. Cook about 4 minutes or until lightly brown on the bottom.
  5. Turn chicken, cover and reduce heat to low.
  6. Cook about 10 minutes or until fork can be inserted in chicken easily.
  7. Remove chicken to warmed serving dish.
  8. Drain off pan juices (save for another use if desired) and wipe pan.
  9. Over low heat, add lime juice to pan and cook until juice begins to bubble.
  10. Add butter, cut into chunks, and stir until butter becomes opaque and forms a thickened sauce.
  11. Stir in chives and dill weed.
  12. Spoon over chicken and serve immediately.
Most Helpful

This was a really great refreshing way to make chicken. My husband and I both loved it although it was a bit strong for the kids.

froggerway April 22, 2003

DH and I both really enjoyed this dish. It really did taste as if the preparation was more complicated than it was. We used boneless/skinless chicken breast, but made the recipe exactly as written. Don't think we'd make any changes, as this results in a lovely-tasting meal. We'll be using this recipe often to make this great-tasting chicken to chill and slice for summertime main-dish salads. Excellent recipe!

Lizzie-Babette April 04, 2003

This was great. It was one of those unplanned dinners with a ton of people arriving when all I had was chicken and a bagful of limes. No dill, but I did put in a bunch of herbs on hand - who knows what - the kitchen was chaotic - it was probably cilantro and chives since I always have that. Salting is a key. You must taste the sauce before serving. Simple , easy, delicious - what more can you want?

Jangomango March 20, 2003