Chipotle Chicken Skillet

By Rena |

This creamy Chipotle Chicken Skillet is exactly what you need for a delicious and appetizing meal! Ready in under 30 minutes, you will love the comforting flavors of citrus, tender chicken breasts, and chipotle chile pepper cooked in a smooth cream cheese sauce.

one pan of chipotle chicken with limes and cilantro

You are going to love this one-pot chicken skillet! Flavors of shallots, garlic, chicken broth, and fresh cilantro come together in this healthy dinner recipe that is full of protein, low in carbs, and especially delicious.

Low carb, Keto-friendly, and naturally gluten-free, this chicken recipe is a healthy and flavorful addition to your weekly dinner rotations–you’ll want to make this recipe over and over again.

Why You Will Love This Chicken Breast Recipe

  • Quick: This reasy chicken ecipe comes together in no time at all and is the perfect option for those busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of extra time!
  • Easy: Since everything is made in one pan, you don’t have to worry about all the extra steps of dirtying up more dishes! This is a super easy fail-proof recipe!
  • Satisfying: The flavors of this chipotle chicken skillet are comforting and bold thanks to a combination of spicy chipotle pepper, cream cheese, and cilantro. So creamy and delicious!
one pan of creamy chipotle chicken with limes and cilantro

Ingredients needed to make this chicken skillet

This is just a list of ingredients you will need to make this Chipotle Chicken Skillet. The full measurements are listed below.

oil: olive, or any neutral oil
chicken breasts
seasoning, salt, pepper
shallots, finely chopped
garlic, minced
chicken broth, low sodium, or vegetable broth
cream cheese
chipotle chile pepper, in adobo sauce
fresh cilantro
lime

ingredients for chipotle chicken skillet

How to Make This Chicken Skillet Recipe

Cook the chicken: First, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and cook for six to eight minutes per side. Set aside.

Add the garlic: In the same skillet, had the shallots and garlic. Sauté for three to four minutes or until softened.

Add chicken broth: Next, pour the chicken broth into the skillet and scrape to deglaze it. Simmer for four to six minutes.

Make the sauce: Stir in the cream cheese and chipotle pepper. Whisk well.

Combine: Finally, return the chicken to the pan and cook four to six minutes more, or until the chicken is heated through.

Serve and enjoy: Garnish and serve the chicken with fresh cilantro and lime wedges.

chicken in skillet
chicken being put in skillet with tongs

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Be sure to cook the chicken to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Replace the chicken with shrimp or salmon if you prefer seafood.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • For a juicier option, substitute the chicken breasts for thighs. Keep in mind the Nutrition facts will vary.
  • Serve this chipotle chicken skillet over cauliflower rice or pasta.
  • For a dairy-free option, use dairy-free cream cheese
top view chicken breast in a creamy sauce

Frequently asked questions

How do I cook chicken breast without drying it out?

To prevent your chicken breast from drying out, brine the chicken in a mixture of water and salt for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking it.

What does chicken breast go well with?

Chicken breasts go with a variety of different things. I like to serve cowboy caviar, honey-glazed carrots, creamy asparagus soup, potatoes, salads, and so much more.

What can you season chicken with?

Chicken can be seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, etc.

Should I wash the chicken before cooking?

It is not advised to wash chicken before cooking as it can increase the risk of bacteria.

What can I cook in a skillet?

You can cook all types of things in a skillet such as pasta, casseroles, pizza, quesadillas, and much more.

one pan with chipotle chicken and limes

Other Recipes You’ll Enjoy

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

Tuscan Stuffed Chicken Breast

Creamy Chicken Spinach

Honey Garlic Chicken

Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken

Buffalo Chicken Bake

Mexican Chipotle Chicken Pasta

Mexican Street Corn Salad

chicken breast in skillet with lime and cilantro

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one pan of chipotle chicken with limes and cilantro

Chipotle Chicken Skillet

This creamy Chipotle Chicken Skillet is exactly what you need for a delicious and appetizing meal! Ready in under 30 minutes, you will love the comforting flavors of citrus, tender chicken breasts, and chipotle chile pepper cooked in a smooth cream cheese sauce.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 319kcal
Author: Rena
Cost: $12

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast boneless; skinless
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 3 shallots finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce; finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro finely chopped; more for garnishment
  • lime wedges for serving

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook it for 6-8 minutes per side, or until brown and no longer pink in the center. Set aside.
  • To the same preheated skillet, add the shallots and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion has softened.
  • Pour the chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the skillet to deglaze. Let it simmer for 4-6 minutes, or until reduced by half. 
  • Stir in the cream cheese and chipotle pepper. Whisk well to obtain a creamy sauce.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and cook for 4-6 minutes more, or until the sauce is bubbly and the chicken is heated through.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Notes

  • Be sure to cook the chicken to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • For a juicier option, substitute the chicken breasts for thighs
  • Serve this chipotle chicken skillet over cauliflower rice or pasta.
  • For a dairy-free option, use dairy-free cream cheese

Nutrition

Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 579mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Marie says

    5 stars
    We made this tonight and it was amazing! Super quick and easy with just a little bit of spice! We added extra chipotle because I love a good heat and served it with green beans and rice. Definitely going to be putting this one in the weekly rotation! Thanks so much for the great recipe!

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