We here in California LOVE Mexican food. It is a staple. And if you can keep it simple and make it at home then why not? This Spicy Lime Chicken is unbelievably easy to make, delicious and Whole 30/Paleo/ Keto compliant!
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Spicy Lime Chicken garnished with cilantro on top of a bed of tomatoes and avocado on white plate


Spicy Lime Chicken:

I use bone in, skin on thighs for this recipe. If you prefer to toss in a couple of breasts you may, just know they won’t be as tender and juicy as the dark meat. If you choose to use breasts, make sure they are as close to the size of the thighs as you can get and again, they should be bone in, skin on. I know a lot of you shy away from skin on, I urge you not to. The best way to get moist, tender chicken is to keep the bone in and skin on. And, all the flavorful herbs and spices are on the skin! This flavorful chicken roasts in the oven in 20-25 minutes. Drizzle with fresh lime juice and sprinkle with red pepper flakes….amazing.

Spicy Lime Chicken on white plate with tomatoes, avocado, lime wedges and dressing


If You Want to Bump it Up a Notch, I have Two Suggestions:

If you want to take an already amazing recipe and make it even more so, serve along with my Tomato and Avocado Salad with Lime Vinaigrette!

Tomato and Avocado Salad on white platter surrounded by lime wedges and a green and white dish cloth


Or top this delicious chicken with my mango salsa! (<—recipe) 

mango Salsa in a white bowl to be used on Spicy Lime Chicken


So easy, so delicious, so beautiful!

Spicy Lime Chicken on top of tomatoes and avocado, served on white platter and garnished with cilantro


The Recipe: Spicy Lime Chicken

Spicy Lime Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

An easy to make spicy chicken dish! I serve it with my mango salsa, recipe link posted above. Note: I recommend using bone in skin on thighs for this recipe. If you choose to use breasts be sure to get bone in, skin on and get them as close to the size of the thighs as you can. Sometimes you just can't find small chicken breasts, if you use chicken breasts that are considerably larger than thighs, place them in the oven ten minutes before adding thighs to the pan .

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, kid-friendly recipes, summer recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
  • 6 chicken thighs bone in, skin on (see notes for using breasts above)
  • Olive oil
  • Ground coriander (to taste)
  • Ground cumin (to taste)
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • Garlic powder (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Red pepper Flakes (to taste)
  • 2 Limes quartered
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, for garnish, chopped
  1. Turn oven to 450 degrees and place oven rack in center position.

  2. Brush both sides of chicken with olive oil and sprinkle evenly and liberally with sea salt, pepper, coriander, cumin and garlic powder.

  3. Place prepared chicken skin side up into oven safe pan. Cook for 20-25 minutes, depending on size.

  4. When chicken is done, remove from oven and drizzle with fresh lime juice. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes to taste and garnish with cilantro if desired. Serve with my tomato salad or mango salsa and watch people be very, very happy.



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