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. Key lime juice is a refreshing change of pace from the lemon juice used in many baked chicken dishes. —Idella Koen, Metolius, Oregon
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 460 calories, 27g fat (11g saturated fat), 196mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 48g protein.


  1. Place chicken in a greased 13x9-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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Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 215704
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Family loved this. The brown sugar added just a tad of sweetness which really appealed to my son."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 215572
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Good and juicy. Flavor was ok, I just have other favorites."

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 46645
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"Simple and tasty."

murrell006 User ID: 2357453 13776
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"This is awesome. I made with boneless thighs because of what I had and I decreased cooking time. I have made this twice already. Definately a keeper."

Sunnygrammie User ID: 5547457 43381
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

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

dancingfool User ID: 7427237 19324
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

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

Legolas User ID: 7473658 18065
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. :)"

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 19834
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!"

BathtubNinja User ID: 6359529 45322
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."

patj213 User ID: 1858792 43395
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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