Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast (THM FP)


Repin this recipe for later!

If you are following Trim Healthy Mama and have a hard time finding good E meals, you should give this one a try. Actually, the chicken itself is a Fuel Pull as is, and can be made an E by adding brown rice or quinoa, which is what I did, or an S by adding a couple TBSP of cream. Even if you are not following Trim Healthy Mama, this is a tasty, low fat dish that goes great with rice!

This dish could easily doubled, but this was just right for my family of 2 adults and 3 small children (ages 1-5). This recipe is for 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts.

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in half “butterfly” style, to make 4 pieces

1 TBSP, plus 1 tsp butter

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 tsp lime juice

3 TBSP chopped red onion (or whatever onion you have on hand)

3 TBSP finely chopped cilantro

pinch red pepper flakes

generous pinch of salt

pinch of pepper

1/8 tsp gluccomannan

Melt 1 TBSP butter in a skillet on medium-high heat and cook the breast pieces about 6-7 minutes on each side to sear them. They should be a light crusty brown on the outside. Then place them in 9×9 baking dish. You want them to be close together, but not overlapping.

Add the onion, chicken broth, lime juice, cilantro, tsp of butter and seasonings to the skillet, cook about 5 minutes and sprinkle on the glucomannan. Cook about 5 minutes more, until it starts to thicken slightly, then pour the mixture on the chicken breasts.


Bake at 375 degrees about 30-40 minutes, until fully cooked. For a nice E serve with rice or quinoa and veggies of your choice.

For an S add a couple TBSP cream instead of gluccie and serve with non-starchy veggies. I think this works better as an E though.




  1. My family loves this recipe! It’s a great E dinner in our rotation that is filling and works great with brown rice.

  2. Thinking of making for a friend. I personally don’t do THM so I don’t have gluccomannan and don’t really want to invest in it for one meal. Can I substitute something else or skip it?

    • AOHousewife says

      You could try Xanthan Gum if you have that. It is really just a thickener. The sauce would simply be a little runnier without it. If you’re serving quinoa that would be an ‘E’ meal (high carbs, low fat). Otherwise you could use some cream, but that would add fat to the meal.

  3. Thinking of making for a friend that does THM. I don’t personally so I don’t have any gluccomannan. Can I skip this or substitute something else? Planning on serving with quinoa and a salad.

  4. Looking Delicious & thanks for the recipe worth try at home..

  5. Thanks so much for sharing! I just got the THM plan book and cookbook, can’t wait to get started!
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  6. Thank you for sharing the recipe it looks delicious.

  7. Molli vandehey says

    this looks delish! im allergic to cilantro but i bet my guy would love it!

  8. This sounds so yummy! I am saving it for next weeks dinner!

  9. This recipe looked so good, I copied it down. I am going to make it this coming weekend. I thank you so much for the share.

  10. Betsy Rubendall Barnes says

    This is such a lovely recipe! I am always looking for healthier ways to spice up chicken. 🙂

  11. Valerie Jaffee says

    This looks really good! We eat a lot of chicken since my husband doesn’t really like pork or ground beef. I’m always looking for new recipes.

    • AOHousewife says

      My husband loves pork though I’m not a huge fan. We do eat ground beef, but try to limit it to just a few times a week.

  12. Debjyoti Ghosh says

    Wish I had a baking oven!

  13. I don’t follow Trim Mama but I love the ease of this recipe. It’s one that my family would love!

  14. I love this recipe and I love cilantro! Thanks for sharing this I will be making it sometime next week.

  15. I should try making this

  16. This chicken looks so delicious and I have chicken thawed right now and I am going to make your awesome recipe. It looks like this chicken dish has a lot of flavor.

  17. This sounds pretty awesome. I’ve enjoyed what cilantro lime things I have had, as few as those may be. 🙂

  18. This looks like a really tasty recipe.

  19. this sounds so good- i must try it soon-thanks for sharing
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  20. This looks so yummy! Going to try this next week for sure.

  21. Amber Ludwig says

    This sounds amazing!! I love cilantro and love adding it to dishes!! The flavor is amazing!! This is a must try for us!!

  22. Some people really dislike the taste of cilantro and I’m one. I think this post does not translate well for people who don’t know what you’re talking about with the diet letters.

    • AOHousewife says

      Hi Sarah. I’m aware not everyone likes every flavor. I think people can trust their own judgement on whether or not they’d like to try something. People who don’t like cilantro will probably not want to make something with “cilantro” in the title.
      As for the Trim Healthy Mama reference, that is just so my readers who are following the plan know which meal type this falls under. I feel like this recipe is just a good recipe, whether or not a person is following that plan. I had meant to link to a post explaining the Trim Healthy Mama plan, but forgot. I have added it now, so thank you for the reminder!

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