Key Lime Chicken Thighs Recipe
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Key Lime Chicken Thighs Recipe

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I've been cooking since I was a girl and I like trying new recipes. Lime juice is a nice change of pace from the lemon juice used in many chicken dishes. —Idella Koen, Metolius, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed (6 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Key lime juice or lime juice
  • 12 to 16 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  1. Place chicken in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Dot with butter; sprinkle with lime juice and pepper sauce. Combine remaining ingredients; sprinkle evenly over chicken.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 180°. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Key Lime Chicken Thighs in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p64

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Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

Very moist and tasty and especially easy. Will definitely make this again.

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

Delicious, everyone loved it! Also very easy to make!

Reviewed May. 22, 2014

It was really juicy and tender, I ended up not using the hot pepper sauce and it was still delicious, I would suggest more cooking time and starting earlier. :)

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

Easy, delicious and very affordable. I made this for our family dinner night over a bed of herbed couscous and a side of mixed vegetables along with multi-grain dinner rolls. I served this with Key Lime Margaritas and a Key Lime Chiffon Dessert. Excellent!

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

I was out of lime juice so I substituted lemon and it worked just as well. I also used cumin in place of rosemary as I'm not a fan. Prep was easy and the chicken was very juicy and flavorful. This will be my go to chicken recipe from now on.

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