A homemade Cuban Chicken that tastes like your favorite restaurant's Pechuga a la plancha! Pan-fried chicken with lime & sautéed onions never tasted better!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Keywords chicken and onions, cuban chicken, pechuga a la plancha
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 300 kcal
Author Linda Warren


  • 1 to 1-1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts ( 4 small breasts or 2 thick breasts cut in half lengthwise)
  • 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Cumin
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 large onion sliced thin (I use Vidalia sweet onions)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6-8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped


  1. Place chicken in large Ziploc bag and pound with mallet until thin (about 1/4”-3/8” thick). Remove from bag and pat dry with paper towel. 
  2. Sprinkle with a little lime juice then season on both sides with salt, pepper and cumin.
  3. Place the flour on a large plate and dredge the chicken breasts lightly with flour.
  4. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and cook onions for 8 minutes then add garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes or until onions are soft and beginning to turn golden. Remove from pan with slotted spoon and set aside.
  5. Turn heat on pan up to medium-high and add chicken. Cook on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Cut into one of the breasts to make sure that there is no pink inside.
  6. Place chicken breast on serving plate, cover with onion-garlic mixture and squeeze some fresh lime over it then garnish with cilantro.

Recipe Notes

Wine Pairing: Cuban dishes are not usually very spicy, but normally have a nice citrusy flavor from limes or lemons, so I would pair with either a nice chilled Sauvignon Blanc such as the 2009 Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc or a fruity Pinot Noir, like the delicious 2010 Cooper Station, whichever color wine you prefer.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 494mg14%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.