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Low Sodium Cilantro Lime Chicken

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Looking for a flavorful way to add some veggies into dinner? This is a great way to do that. There are a lot of steps to this, but it goes really quickly.

This serves 4 at about 100mg per serving

Cast iron skillet with rice, chicken and vegetables, topped with fresh cilantro
Low sodium cilantro lime chicken


For the rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed until the water runs clear

  • 1 3/4 cup water

For the chicken

  • 12-16oz chicken, cut into 1 1/2" chunks

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup frozen corn

  • 1 red pepper, diced

  • 1 onion, diced

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro

  • 10 cloves of garlic

  • 1/4 cup lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp no salt added chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp corn starch


  1. In a medium sauce pan, make the rice by adding in the basmati rice and water. Cover and bring water to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn of the heat and let steam. Fluff rice with fork.

  2. In a skillet on medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil, add the chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken onto a clean plate and set aside.

  3. Turn up the heat to medium high and add the corn to the skillet. Without stirring, cook the corn until it starts to develop a slight char. Add red pepper and onion. Stirring often, cook until softened.

  4. Meanwhile, add the sauce ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add to the skillet. Bring to a light simmer and add the chicken back into the skillet.

  5. Cook down about 5 minutes and then remove from heat.

  6. Serve on top of rice and top with additional cilantro if desired. If cheese is allowed in your sodium limit/diet, it's a fun addition!

This is one of my new favorite low sodium recipes and I'm excited to share this with all of you. I love this explosion of flavor that I don't even notice the lack of salt in the dish. I also like the variety of variations this dish can accommodate. You can use black beans, pinto beans or ground beef or turkey as the protein. Add different veggies that you have to use up. Like it spicer? Add some more spice. Like it milder? Take out the red pepper flakes. Swap out the lime juice for orange juice. You name it!


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