Ancho-Spiced Chicken Skillet with Grapefruit Salsa


This easy chicken skillet recipe comes together in just 30 minutes to help you put a healthy meal on the table fast. Sweet red grapefruit is our favorite for this dish, but any variety will do. Serve this juicy recipe with rice to soak up the sauce.

Ancho-Spiced Chicken Skillet with Grapefruit Salsa
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 grapefruit

  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, whites and greens separated, divided

  • Zest and juice of 1 lime

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1 pound chicken cutlets

  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Remove skin and white pith from each grapefruit with a knife. Working over a medium bowl, cut grapefruit segments from their surrounding membranes and place them in the bowl. Squeeze juice from the membranes into the bowl. Add scallion greens, lime zest, lime juice and honey. Strain 1/3 cup of the juice from the salsa into a measuring cup and set aside.

  2. Pat chicken dry and sprinkle both sides with chile powder and salt. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean plate.

  3. Meanwhile, add the reserved 1/3 cup juice and scallion whites to the pan, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Bring to a simmer. Stir in butter and remove from heat.

  4. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce. Serve the chicken topped with the sauce and the salsa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

283 Calories
12g Fat
19g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 283
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Vitamin A 2024IU 40%
Sodium 407mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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