Chicken with Lime Butter

One of my favorite dinner recipes of all time:  Chicken with Lime Butter

Chicken with Lime Butter recipe - a big-time dinner favorite from

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.

Chicken with Lime Butter recipe - a big-time dinner favorite from

Lime juice is combined with slowly added 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!

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!

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Chicken with Lime Butter


  • 6 medium boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large lime
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped chives


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Spoon sauce over chicken to serve.

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