Skillet Chili Lime Chicken Thighs with Confetti Cauliflower Rice is an easy and flavorful one skillet dinner the whole family will love! Gluten-free, low in carbs and high in protein!
Thanks to my friends at Just BARE Chicken for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs aren’t something we eat very often at our house, but every once in a while we indulge and I’m reminded why I love them so much. The wonderful flavor far exceeds that of chicken breasts, the juicy tenderness makes it hard to stop eating and then there’s the crispy skin!
Crisp, crunchy, salty chicken skin is probably one of my favorite savory indulgences, but it has to be crisp. Anything less is unacceptable. The skin on this Skillet Chili Lime Chicken with Confetti Cauliflower Rice is perfection. Salty, crispy with a hit of tart lime juice to bring it all together!
For this recipe I used Just BARE Chicken Thighs. Not only do I love the flavor of their chicken thighs, but appreciate that Just BARE is committed to providing it’s customers with products raised without antibiotics and from chickens that are vegetable and grain fed and traceable to the farms where they’re raised. There are no added hormones or artificial ingredients in their chicken because do you really want to be putting that garbage in your body?
Making the Skillet Chicken Thighs with Confetti Cauliflower Rice is so simple because it’s all made in one skillet. The chicken thighs are seasoned with a spice blend of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper and placed skin-side down in a hot skillet.
A helpful tip to keep the grease splatter under control is to use a splatter screen. If you’re like me and don’t have one, simply place a piece of foil loosely over the skillet. Don’t seal it or you’ll end up with steamed chicken thighs and no crispy skin.
Once the chicken has cooked through (a meat thermometer is the best way to find out), squeeze the juice of a lime all over them. It adds a great pop of fresh citrus flavor!
The confetti cauliflower rice was the perfect accompaniment to the chicken and great if you’re looking for a side dish that’s lower in carbs. While the chicken is cooking, cut the vegetables. To save time I used a bag of frozen cauliflower rice and frozen corn.
Wipe out all the excess grease from the skillet before adding in the ingredients for the confetti cauliflower rice. It takes only minutes to cook and I actually preferred it over using traditional rice. The chicken goes back in the skillet and is topped off with some extra cilantro and lime juice. Serve it straight out of the skillet for a delicious, high protein, easy to make and family-friendly dinner!
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Skillet Chili Lime Chicken Thighs with Confetti Cauliflower Rice
Chili Lime Chicken Thighs
- 1 package Just BARE Chicken Thighs (4 thighs)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Juice of 1 lime
Confetti Cauliflower Rice
- 2 cups riced cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Juice of 1/2 a lime
- Trim off any excess skin from the chicken thighs and pat dry with paper towels.
- Combine the spices in a small bowl and season both sides of the chicken thighs with the mixture.
- Heat a 12-inch cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Spray or brush the bottom of the skillet with cooking oil, then add the chicken thighs skin-side down. Place a splatter screen or piece of foil (loosely) over the top of the skillet.
- Lower the heat to medium and cook for approximately 10 minutes then flip them over and cook for another 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
- Remove the chicken from the skillet onto a plate and cover loosely with a piece of foil to keep the chicken warm.
- Wipe out any excess grease from the skillet then add in the red bell pepper and green onions. Sauté for 2-3 minutes then add in the cauliflower rice and sauté another 2-3 minutes.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and cook until warmed through and the vegetables are tender, but not mushy. 2-4 minutes.
- Add the chicken thighs back into the skillet and top with extra cilantro and lime juice. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 524mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 34g
Kennette Goodman says
One of our favorite chicken dishes is yummy chicken! Pan seared chicken breast with mushrooms and fresh mozzarella.
I like chicken curry.
My favorite chicken recipe is my mom and dads secret recipe BBQ chicken. But I did Love this recipe. Made it tonight. The lime really does give it a fresh zing!
My favorite is chicken enchilada casserole. Casseroles are a great way to clear out the cupboards and freezer of things that have been up there for a while. You can literally put anything in them, from veggies, to beans, to rice. We throw in some corn tortillas, which makes it an enchilada casserole!!
Jill P. says
This recipe sounds & looks fantastic! I don’t normally cook with thighs but just picked some up as a butcher’s sale this week. Definitely will be using this recipe for them! I love any chicken recipe that is a one pot or pan plan! ????
I like making chicken breasts rolled in crispy onions.
Natasha @ Salt & Lavender says
The chicken looks so succulent and juicy!! I’m with you… we don’t eat the bone-in skin-on chicken thighs very often, but they are a nice treat every now and then. Love the chili lime flavors!
This recipe sounds wonderful. I plan on making it this week for a friend who is going through a rough time.
Thank you Sheree and that’s so sweet of you to make it for your friend. Cooking is one of my favorite ways to show someone how much they mean to me. :-)
Just curious, why do some of your recipes have nutritional information for carbohydrates?
I’m actually in the middle of converting all of my recipes to a new format. The older version may not be showing carbs.