Cilantro Lime Butter Chicken is one of my favorite family recipes here at the ranch. My grandmothers and mother all made a variation of this delicious oven roasted chicken. Add a few potatoes and you have a wonderful sheet pan dinner with easy clean up.
A family favorite
Many times we would enjoy this chicken roasted over an open fire, which I do not recommend using butter. Back in those days, we used margarine which could withstand more heat. You can substitute 3 floz (89ml) of vegetable oil or avocado oil for the butter if you decide to grill your chicken. Either way, the cilantro lime mixture is a hit!
A delicious sheet pan meal
Cilantro Lime Butter Chicken is just a little bit better when you add the potatoes to the pan. Potatoes can soak up all of the extra butter and chicken flavor. An incredible side dish!
Add the cilantro and lime juice to the melted butter after you have removed the skillet from the stove. You don’t want to over heat the butter with the lime juice, as you may see some curdling. Simply add the cilantro and lime juice to the butter at the last minute. For some reason, there doesn’t seem to be a curdling issue when you put the basted chicken in the oven! It all works!
Serve this delicious meal with white wine or even a sangria. I also like to serve freshly made bread or tortillas to sop up the delicious butter sauce.
And let me tell you, the next day this meal made the most wonderful sandwiches! The hubs and I are always busy in the studio, so easy meals are always our favorite! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! This was a favorite when I was growing up.Print
Cilantro Lime Butter Chicken is a wonderful meal
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 60 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
3 oz. butter, preferably grass-fed (86g)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 limes, cut in half
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
1 lb. potatoes (any type) washed and cubed (500 g)
2 lbs. chicken leg quarters (1kg)
Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Heat your oven to 350°F (176°C).
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the garlic and cilantro and allow to warm gently for 1 minute. Squeeze in the lime juice and season with salt and pepper. (If you are in a hurry, you can also melt the butter with the garlic, cilantro, lime juice, salt & pepper in the microwave.
Add the cubed potatoes to a medium sized mixing bowl and pour over 2/3 of the melted cilantro lime butter mixture. Toss to coat well.
Place the chicken leg quarters on the prepared baking pan. Brush the chicken generously with the remaining cilantro lime butter mixture. Arrange the prepared cubed potatoes around the chicken leg quarters. Place the baking pan in the oven and roast for 45-60 minutes until the potatoes are tender in the center and the chicken is cooked to 165°F (74°C) when tested with a meat thermometer.