Chicken with Lime Butter

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This Chicken with Lime Butter is one of my favorite dinner recipes of all time.  Chicken breasts are simply sautéed and topped with the most delicious and tangy, buttery sauce.

chicken topped with lime butter on a white plate with fresh lime wedges

A great chicken recipe!!

I’ve had this recipe in my little recipe collection for as long as I can remember.  I’m pretty sure I copied it from my sister back in college, and I’ve been making it ever since.

It’s one of those recipes that is so simple that you don’t think it can possibly be any good. But you’ll be delightfully surprised with this recipe.  And if you’re watching your carbs, this Chicken with Lime Butter recipe is perfect to eat as a low carb dinner.

two chicken breasts topped with lime butter on a white plate with lime wedges

Lime juice is combined with pats of butter and herbs… to create a tangy, wonderful, buttery sauce to top the simply sauteed chicken.  You’ll want to grab a straw and suck up that sauce~ it’s so good!

How to make the lime butter:

After sauteeing the chicken breasts, the juice from a large lime is squeezed into the hot skillet.  That juice is heated until bubbly.  Tablespoons of butter are slowly whisked in to create a creamy sauce.  Fresh dill and fresh chives are stirred into the buttery sauce.  And that sauce is spooned over the sauteed chicken.  Perfection!

atwo chicken breasts topped with lime butter and garnished with lime wedges on a white plate

If you happen to be following the WW program, the points for this recipe are included at the top of this post.

Thanks to Serene from the HouseOfYumm blog for these beautiful photos.  Serene is one of the photographers for, and she captured the deliciousness of this chicken dish perfectly!

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Chicken with Lime Butter

There is such a delicious tangy butter sauce topping this chicken.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 339kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken with lime butter


  • pounds (6 medium breasts) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large lime
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives


  • Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In 12-inch skillet over medium heat, cook chicken breasts in hot oil until fork tender and browned on both sides (about 10 minutes). Arrange on platter and keep warm.
  • Spoon off the oil in skillet. Squeeze juice from lime into the skillet. Over low heat, cook until lime juice bubbles. With a wire whisk, stir in the butter- 1 tablespoon at a time; cook, stirring until butter becomes opaque and forms a creamy sauce. Stir in the dill and chopped chives.
  • Spoon sauce over chicken to serve.


Serving: 1serving (1 breast with spoonful of sauce) | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 640mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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  • Ash wrote:

    I just made this for dinner it’s amazing! Added a little rosemary and thyme to it it’s so amazing 

  • Lolo Miller wrote:

    While the flavor was wonderful, it didn’t emulsify. I ended up with lime flavored melted butter. I did whisk it in a tblsp at a time. Any suggestions?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It should turn out like a creamy butter sauce.

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch wrote:

    This sounds – and looks – amazing! You had me at lime butter!!! xo

  • Dewayne Bradshaw wrote:

    Looks so good.

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan wrote:

    Simple recipes like this are the best! And Serene, great photos. The chicken breast in the second photo looks like a heart-perfect for Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  • Susie | Novel Visits wrote:

    You did get this recipe from your sister! I haven’t made it in a very long time, but need to. Delicious!