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Key Lime Chicken Thighs Recipe

Key Lime Chicken Thighs Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD: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 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

s_pants User ID: 174050 39996
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"This is a good quick dish, but I'd go light on the hot pepper sauce next time because my son thought it was a little too spicy. I didn't really taste much lime flavor, though."

[email protected] User ID: 4269636 17929
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"quick and delicious. :)"

0910l0v3 User ID: 6655167 201989
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"This is easy and a real appetite pleaser."

hardyjn User ID: 6104461 42329
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"LOVE this. I used boneless chicken thighs and increased the amount of lime juice and other seasonings and used fresh rosemary instead of dried. IT was excellent. Will definitely make again and again."

tnewell User ID: 4626032 43392
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"Tastes nice & light. I didn't have poultry seasoning so I combined what I had for it & it still turned out juicy. A nice change."

ponderosa1 User ID: 5460748 46644
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"My oven was otherwise occupied, so I browned the chicken in a skillet, drizzled the sauce over it, covered it, and turned down the heat until it cooked through, about 10 minutes. It was quick, easy, and the chicken was moist and flavorful. I realized during dinner that I'd left out the brown sugar, and it was still delicious. We had sauteed asparagus and red peppers, and cous cous as sides."

dgthorsen User ID: 4745873 39994
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"This recipe has become our favorite way to cook thighs! Recently I have tried to cut refined sugar from our diets, I simply cut the brown sugar and adding 1/2 tsp of honey to the other liquid ingredients. Worked great. This is a very flavorful and super easy recipe."

Angel007 User ID: 4233345 13775
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Even my picky hubby likes this one!"

stevennicole User ID: 2190603 43380
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"i used fresh rosemary right out of the garden. yum! the flavors are great together."

mamasquish User ID: 4901222 17904
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"Delicious! The seasoning is very good and the spices blend very nicely with the lime juice! I made the mistake of leaving the skin on so unfortunately the flavors did not absorb into the chicken as much :( I also opted to coat the thighs in EVOO instead of butter...trying to make it a little healthier and it allowed my daughter to eat it (she has dairy allergies)."

KaPurnell User ID: 5747057 18064
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"I made this recipe tonight and after the chicken was done I cut it up and use it in wraps with black beans, corn, crushed torilla chips, diced tomatoes, onions, green bell peppers and shredded mexican cheese blend and topped it off the Seven Sea's Kraft dressing. It was Delicious!! This with become a regular at my house for dinner. Thanks for Sharing!!"

sswimmomm User ID: 867571 18925
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"great flavors making again!"

ooh! User ID: 5628505 45321
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010 Edited Aug. 7, 2014

"My fiance said this was by far the best chicken he's ever had. He asked me to make it again the very next night! (Oh, and he took the recipe with him to work and some of the men made their wives make it that night) Delicious!"

lm350zmomsonss User ID: 5601561 19833
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"This recipe is delicious. My family loves it! I used the same recipe with tilapia and it was delicious. Great seasoning!!"

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