Prep Time  25minutes
Cook Time  20minutes
Total Time  45minutes

Southwestern Spiced Chicken Breast

Just about everyone I know eats a fair amount of chicken.  And those boneless, skinless chicken breasts are just so easy to pull out of the freezer and cook for a simple, quick, dinner.  Unfortunatly, those boneless, skinless chicken breasts can get pretty boring.  I sure you're going to be shocked to hear me say...."But, a simple quick dinner, made with a boneless skiness chicken breast...need not be boring."  Yes that's become cliche, but it's true.  One of the nice things about chicken is that it is a great platform for all kinds of herbs and spices, and one of my favorites, is to do a Southwest Spiced Chicken.  And while it’s great on its own, I’m serving it will a simple corn, avocado, and tomato salsa that is fresh and delicious.  Hope you enjoy, and let me know how it goes!!


Recipe Overview & Keys to Success

For this Southwestern Spiced chicken there are really only two things you need to be careful of. 

  1. First, make sure you use enough seasoning.  You can vary the mix of spices (although I think cumin is a pretty important one), and if you don’t one or two specific spices, don’t worry about it, use anything else...and the rub will still be good.  The most common mistake I see is people not using enough…about half is going to stay in the pan, so be generous with it – and don’t forget the salt and pepper – no spice makes up for proper seasoning.
  2. Second, don’t overcook the chicken.  Overcooked chicken is dry and tough…and just not good.  Your best strategy is going to be use a very hot plan, and sear the chicken quickly.  The average chicken breast "1 – 2 inches" thick will only take about 8 minutes to cook if you use high heat like I do in the video…once you pull it off the heat let it rest for a few minutes before cutting into it.
Ingredients for Southwestern Spiced Chicken (for 2)
  • 2 Chicken breast; lightly pounded out
  • Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Olive oil
Southwestern Spiced Chicken
  • Lightly pound out the two chicken breasts to the desired and consistent thickness
  • Combine all the spices, salt and pepper
  • Liberally season both sides of the chicken with the rub; if you need more, make more; you can also make a large batch and store for future use
  • You can cook the chicken right away, or let the rub sit for about an hour
  • Heat a sauté pan until it’s lightly smoking
  • Coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil, and gently lay in the chicken breasts
  • Let the chicken sear for 4 – 5 minutes; that means don’t touch, flip or otherwise monkey with, the chicken
  • The edges of the chicken, as it cooks will turn opaque as it cook; at about the 4 minute mark; that indicates it’s time to flip
  • Check the underside of the chicken, which should be golden brown; if it’s not, your pan was not hot enough; turn up your heat and let it go another minute
  • If the chicken is golden brown, flip the chicken and cook the other side for about another 3 minutes
  • If the chicken is especially thick, you may have to cook it a few minutes longer, or put in a 400 degree oven for another 4 minutes; but chances are you don’t need to
  • Remove the chicken, wrap in foil, and allow to rest for 3 – 4 minutes

The chicken’s done, and will taste great.  The outside nice and seared, with crispy edges, and that savory spice rub.  You can serve as is, or cut into strips.  In this video, I made a delicious corn, avocado, and tomato sauce to accompany the chicken, and make a great combo

Southwestern Spiced Chicken Recipe

Comments (9 )

May 3rd, 2012 - 3:53pm
This looks really good. Do you have a recipie for the salsa you made?
May 4th, 2012 - 10:36am a search for "salsa" on the'll find it. It's also linked on the related recipes.
July 24th, 2013 - 12:53pm
This looks great. Would you happen to know the nutritional values?
June 24th, 2020 - 12:00pm
George said pleasantly. His wife immediately closed her eyes. <a href="" target="_blank">블랙잭사이트</a> <a href="" target="_blank">모바일카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">바카라사이트</a> <a href="" target="_blank">온라인바카라</a> <a href="" target="_blank">슬롯머신사이트</a> <a href="" target="_blank">포커사이트</a> <a href="" target="_blank">카지노주소</a> <a href="" target="_blank">카지노사이트</a> <a href="" target="_blank">온라인카지노</a>
럭키걸 Lucky girl
September 13th, 2020 - 10:10pm
럭키걸 Lucky girl
September 13th, 2020 - 10:10pm
<a href="" target="_blank">예스카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">퍼스트카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">더킹카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">샌즈카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">조이카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">로얄카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">스타클럽카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank"> 아시안카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">슈퍼맨카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">개츠비카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">33카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">온라인카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">카지노사이트</a> <a href="" target="_blank">퍼스트카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">더킹카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">샌즈카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">33카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">월드카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">코리아카지노</a> <a href="" target="_blank">카지노사이트</a>
Vyom Overseas
January 20th, 2022 - 9:26pm
Your blog is impressive, thanks to the quality of your recipes & other content.
January 31st, 2023 - 1:58am
I ᴡɑs very pleased to uncover tһis site. I wanted t᧐ thɑnk yοu foг ߋnes tіme fօr thiѕ wonderful read 온라인 카지노 카지노사이트 바카라사이트 토토사이트 호텔 카지노

Leave a comment

Top Categories

Our most popular recipes in our most popular foods.


Our best pasta recipes & techniques will have you cooking like an Italian Grandma.


The best chicken recipe, is the well-cooked chicken recipe. Learn our secrets now...


Tired of dull, dry pork? So are we! Learn how to make the best chops on the block.


Fear not! The grill, the pan, the oven, we've got you covered with the recipes and techniques to get the perfect steak...