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Juicy Paleo Cast Iron Skillet Orange Lime Chicken

September, 2017 (Last Updated: September, 2019)

Juicy Paleo Cast Iron Skillet Orange Lime Chicken – one of the easiest ways to enjoy juicy paleo citrus chicken, bursting with sweet and not-too-spicy flavour. Very easy to make and pleasing to your tastebuds! Completely, gluten free and dairy free chicken!

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I’ve come to realise that cooking is NOT hard. I mean, cooking a 5* Michelin meal may be a little tricky but for the most part, good home cooks don’t really sweat it! It’s a joy when you get it right, like with this Juicy Paleo Cast Iron Skillet Orange Lime Chicken recipe!

I’ll be posting the pictures of the process for this recipe soon but I just really wanted to get it out to you – have a read through the recipe and instructions; it’s a simple paleo recipe that provides a delectable dinner. Enjoy this with some cauliflower rice, sweet potato fries or whatever you fancy.

Using my Cast Iron Skillet has been a joyous experience, except when you forget to use it for a while and it kinda gets a bit rusty lol. I mean, I just forgot about it for a while and it got rusty! Now, I have to re-season it and I just haven’t got round to it yet. Basically, if I post the process for this recipe, it may not be with the same pan lol! What I’m trying to say is, you can make this in whatever you have that can withstand the oven heat of 200C/400F. A simple baking tray or baking mat will do. (Instructions are in the notes of the recipe if you go this route)

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I have some other chicken recipes on my website, as it’s getting a little colder now with the fall, feel free to peruse some as you’ll probably want to eat more hot meals during this season. Still, if you ever fancy a beautiful salad (persimmons are in season soon!), check this out!

Again, very easy paleo recipe; you can either choose to marinate the chicken overnight or just for an hour in your fridge (or even not at all if you haven’t got the time) – it will still turn out amazing. Reducing whatever juice you have left will turn into a beautiful sauce you can smother the chicken with at the end. Please don’t forget that your sauce is reducing though, it will get really burnt and sticky; you might be able to salvage some sauce but cleaning the skillet is tough! (Yeah I’m speaking from experience lol)

I hope you all enjoy this Juicy Paleo Cast Iron Skillet Orange Lime Chicken recipe; please let me know if you licked your fingers after eating this haha!

Paleo Cast Iron Skillet Orange Lime Chicken. A delectable and juicy paleo orange lime chicken recipe from Gluten free and dairy free recipe

5 from 2 votes
Side shot of baked chicken drumsticks in cast iron skillet with sliced oranges and limes
Paleo Cast Iron Skillet Orange Lime Chicken
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
47 mins

Paleo Cast Iron Skillet Orange Lime Chicken - chicken drumsticks (or chicken thighs)  in a spicy orange lime sauce, baked in the oven. Eat this with cauliflower rice, sweet potato fries or mashed sweet potato. 

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Paleo
Keyword: paleo
Servings: 2 -4 servings
Calories: 265 kcal
Author: WhittyPaleo
For the sauce:
  • 3 large oranges (juiced)
  • 2 limes + zest (juiced)
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp dried chillies
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp cayenne pepper (as much as you like)
For the chicken
  • 750 g chicken drumsticks or thighs (1.6 lb or more depending on your serving size)
  • Salt + Pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/356F. Place your skillet in the oven to heat up (do this if you are not marinating or after you have finished marinating your chicken and are ready to cook).

  2. In a bowl or mixing jug, mix your sauce ingredients together.

  3. Clean and score your chicken. Sprinkle lightly with some salt and pepper

  4. If you're not marinating your chicken, go straight to the next step. 

    If marinating, using a plastic bag big enough (or 2 medium sized), place your chicken in the bag and pour in your sauce. You can leave a quarter of your marinade to add to the sauce at the end.

  5. After marinating the sauce (either for an hour or overnight), take out your skillet and pour in your chicken and sauce. Bake for 30-40 mins or until the chicken is golden brown. Turn the chicken halfway.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I don't bother browning my chicken in this case because I really hate the way the oil flies in your face lol! Seriously though, it's not too necessary because your chicken will still come out golden brown however, browning your chicken will make your chicken cook quicker in the oven. It's up to you!

If you choose to use a baking mat or tray, I suggest marinating the chicken, baking it and reducing the sauce on the stove top. This way, you'll get a crispier chicken with the delicious sauce to smother over!

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  • Reply
    July, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My friends really enjoyed the wings

    • Reply
      July, 2019 at 10:21 PM

      Hey Gene! Thanks so much, glad they did! 🙂

  • Reply
    September, 2017 at 10:10 PM

    I love the citrus flavours in this and the chicken comes out crispy but still juicy inside!

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