In a recent Cookbook Swap, I received some STELLAR cookbooks from Chef #22015. This recipe is from one of them. "Cheap. Fast. Good!" by Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross. What a wonderful book! This recipe is now one of my favourites. The chicken is perfectly spiced, in my opinion. I love the ease of preparation! You may need to increase the spice mixture though (if you like it thick like I do!). I made up a batch of the spices and when it was gone, I simply made up another half recipe of it. Worked out perfectly with no waste!
- Place the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt (if using) and allspice (if using) in a gallon-size zipper-top bag and seal the bag. Shake the bag to combine the spices thoroughly. (NOTE: I usually omit the onion powder and put in about a 1/2 tsp lemon pepper. I like that the best!).
- Place the chicken breast halves, one at a time, between two sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap and pound them with several whacks of a meat mallet or rolling pin so that they are an even 1/2 inch thick. Peel off the paper. (Each serving should be about 6 ounces, so if the breast halves are large, cut them in half lengthwise.).
- Place the chicken pieces in the bag with the spices, seal it, and shake until the chicken is coated with the spice mixture. Set the bag aside.
- Heat the oil in an extra-deep 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned on the first side, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook until no longer pink in the center, another 4 to 5 minutes.
- Transfer the chicken to a platter and serve.
- A salad would be great alongside. My family's favourite is Deep Browned Potatoes (Recipe #47957) and corn.
I followed the recipe using all ingredients. And then I got this stupid idea of using a lot more oil. Well the chicken didn't get crispy although all the spices pretty well stayed on the chicken they were greasy and soggy. Because of the way I fried it it did not taste that great so I can not rate this recipe my fault, I know. Not sure if I'll try to make it again. So sorry Saturn but I just want people to know when it says fry in a little oil, do it, there's a reason.
Fantastic recipe. So flavorful and easy! I did have to double the spices to sufficiently cover 2 large chicken breasts (approx. 9 oz. each). NOTE: If increasing spices, DON'T double the salt as it will make it too salty.
This is a great combination! I combined all the spices (minus the salt), rubbed it on the chicken, and grilled it on the George Foreman. Very good! Thank you!