Today I spent more than my average 2 minutes doing Charlotte’s hair. Usually it’s just a side pony on the top of her head, or pigtails if I’m feeling ambitious. Today I did an awesome triple pony tail thing. It took at least 7 minutes.

Let me explain something delicate. I love my daughter. I think she is more beautiful than any 2-year-old to ever walk the planet. But…sometimes when her hair’s not done she looks like a homeless street urchin.

It’s my own fault. She inherited her frizz from me, and her hair just isn’t thick enough yet to make it lie flat. So when I don’t tame her hair, she looks like she has a fuzzy cloud surrounding her head. It’s actually kind of awesome.

IMG_3755Now time for my true confession: the reason I spent 7 minutes on her hair today is because it’s harder to stay mad at her when she looks adorable. So when she asks me for milk 17 times before I even pull her out of her crib, or when she only takes a 30 minute nap and wakes up just as I’m falling asleep, or when she grinds pizza sauce into the carpet…I can just look at my 7 minutes of handiwork and remember that she is too adorable to strangle. Seriously, this is how I stay out of prison.

My sister and I joke that natural selection has caused toddlers to be overwhelmingly adorable as a defense mechanism. All of the ugly toddler genes have been weeded out by parents offing their own kids. Fortunately for Charlotte, thousands of years of this phenomenon have caused her to be overwhelmingly cute. Thus ensuring her survival. Lucky kid.

IMG_3810So here’s a 30 minute meal for you. Who doesn’t love chicken right? This recipe is simple but de-li-cious. I like that it’s not fussy. It’s called Garlic Lime Chicken and doesn’t even call for fresh garlic. Sometimes you just gotta keep it simple. Honestly you won’t miss it. Use a meat thermometer to get your chicken just right. I paired this with some broccoli and mashed potatoes (which is great to drizzle the extra sauce over, by the way).


Garlic Lime Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
It's called Garlic Lime Chicken and doesn't even call for fresh garlic. Sometimes you just gotta keep it simple. Honestly you won't miss it.


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 6 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


  • On a dinner plate, combine all the spices (the first 7 ingredients). Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel, then rub spice mixture on both sides of the chicken.
  • In a large skillet heat butter and olive oil together over medium heat. Saute chicken uncovered for about 5 minutes, then flip and cook another 5 minutes, until both sides are golden brown and a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees. Remove chicken to a plate.
  • Add lime juice and chicken broth to the pan. Whisk up the browned bits at the bottom of the pan. Keep cooking until the sauce has reduced slightly, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add chicken back to the pan and coat thoroughly.


This recipe calls for 6 chicken breasts, but sometimes I use 4 without changing any of the other proportions.


Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 210
Keyword: chicken, Garlic, limeade
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    1. Hey Leanne! I’m so sorry the source was buried! I posted your recipe years before I had a recipe card (or knew about how to properly link and site recipes), so when that got updated the source wasn’t on the card, which did make it hard to find. I’ve updated the recipe card with a link to your cookbook and your recipe online. Thank you for a great recipe and for the wonderful collection of recipes in your book. My mother in law gave me your book years ago and I have made many of your recipes over the years! Thank you!

  1. Absolutely the most tender and moist chicken I have ever made.  Family can’t wait to have it again 

    1. Thanks so much Helen! I’m so glad you loved it – I have made this in awhile and I’ve got to do it again!

  2. I am so excited I remembered this recipe! It’ll be perfect for the whole 30 diet and the best part is the whole family loves it! Seriously can’t wait! :)

  3. I am making everything on this plate tomorrow! I’m so excited! Plus I already have a load of parmesan garlic bread made that would go perfectly with it!! I wish it were tomorrow.

  4. There’s no doubt that God made toddlers cute for a reason – your own adorableness saved you many a time!

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