Chili Lime Chicken Thighs (Keto & Whole30)

These Chili Lime chicken thighs are rubbed in lime juice and covered with Tajin seasoning. Cooked in a cast iron skillet and finished in the oven for that gives the skin a nice crispy crunch. Keto, Whole30, and Paleo.

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Are you in need for a busy weeknight dinner idea? If so, I got you covered with my brand new Chili Lime Chicken Thighs. They only require 4 simple ingredients and pair great with a side salad or cauliflower mash. These thighs are super crispy and juicy and will please the whole family. Whole30, Keto, Paleo and Gluten Free.

A close up few of the crispy chicken skin

Ingredients needed for these Chili Lime Chicken Thighs:

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How to make:

Heat the oven to 425F. Add the chicken thighs to a platter and pat dry with a paper towel. Add lime juice all over the front and back of each thigh. Sprinkle the Tajin seasoning all over the top of the chicken thighs, front and back.  


In a large cast iron skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, arrange the chicken thighs in the skillet, skin-side down. Cook for 7-8 minutes, or until the skin is well browned, moving the thighs from time to time to make sure they are browning evenly. Do not turn them over though, keep them skin down to get that nice crisp. 

Transfer the skillet to the oven and continue cooking, skin-side down, for another 10 minutes. Turn them over and continue cooking for 7 minutes longer. To test for doneness, insert a food thermometer into the thickest part of a thigh. The temperature should be 165F.

Overhead view of the chicken thighs with limes in a cast iron skillet

Tips for these Chili Lime Chicken Thighs:

  • When cooking the chicken thighs, place a splatter screen on top of the skillet. This will help keep your stove clean and prevent grease splatter.
  • cast iron skillet will make all the difference when getting the perfect crispy skin. I love the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet that is only $19 on Amazon.
  • Make sure the pan is hot enough before adding the chicken thighs skin side down. If you don’t get that sizzle sound when placing the chicken thighs in the grease, it isn’t hot enough. Allow the pan to heat a little longer.
  • Avocado oil is the best oil to use when getting the perfect crispy chicken thigh. This oil has a high smoke point and will deliver when cooking at a higher temperature.
Side view of the chicken thighs and skin

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Chili Lime Chicken Thighs


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minute
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These Chili Lime Chicken Thighs are rubbed in lemon juice and covered with Tajin seasoning. Cooked in a cast iron skillet and finished in the oven for that gives the skin a nice crispy crunch. Keto, Whole30, and Paleo.


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Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs, skin on 
  • 2 tablespoons Avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup Tajin seasoning (or more to taste)
  • 2 Limes, juiced

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 425F. Add the chicken thighs to a platter and pat dry with a paper towel. Add lime juice all over the front and back of each thigh. Sprinkle the Tajin seasoning all over the top of the chicken thighs, front and back.  
  2. In a large cast iron skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, arrange the chicken thighs in the skillet, skin-side down. Cook for 7-8 minutes, or until the skin is well browned, moving the thighs from time to time to make sure they are browning evenly. Do not turn them over though, keep them skin down to get that nice crisp. 
  3. Transfer the skillet to the oven and continue cooking, skin-side down, for another 10 minutes. Turn them over and continue cooking for 7 minutes longer.
  4. To test for doneness, insert a food thermometer into the thickest part of a thigh. The temperature should be 165F.

Serve with

Notes

  • Make sure to adjust heat on the stovetop as needing so the skin doesn’t burn. You want it to be crispy, but not burnt. 
  • Tajin seasoning is sold at most grocery stores in the spice isle or Hispanic food section.
  • 2 NET CARBS
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven/Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Whole30, Gluten Free, Keto

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 chicken thigh
  • Calories: 220
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 142
  • Fat: 10
  • Carbohydrates: 2
  • Protein: 29
  • Cholesterol: 140

Keywords: chili lime chicken thighs, chicken thighs, chicken, whole30, keto, paleo, gluten free

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