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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 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.

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

You're not necessarily supposed to taste the lime. It sort of "cooks" the surface of the chicken and seals in the juices to keep it moist and tender. Mexican cooks have been using this method for a long time and I learned this from them. After covering the meat with the lime juice, you can add whatever seasoning you like and the end result will be juicy and delicious. This seasoning mix looks really good and I plan to use it next time I fix chicken.

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