Healthy Recipe: Blackened Chicken Breast

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This simple recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare, and only 7 minutes of cooking time.  I like to quadruple the recipe and have the rest for lunches and snacks.

Blackened chicken breast tastes great shredded or sliced over a spinach and arugula salad and is one of my favorite “pack-and-go” lunches – nothing to heat up, and it’s not messy :)

Blackened Chicken Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • extra virgin olive oil

Blackened Chicken Breast Cooking Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a baking sheet. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes until it is smoking hot.

2. Mix together the paprika, salt, cayenne, cumin, thyme, white pepper, and onion powder. Lightly oil the chicken breasts with extra virgin olive oil on both sides (a Misto sprayer works great for this), then coat the chicken breasts evenly with the spice mixture.

3. Place the chicken in the hot pan, and cook for 1 minute.  Flip and cook for 1 minute on other side. Place the breasts on the prepared baking sheet.

4. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes.

 

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