Seared Ancho Pepper Chicken

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"Searing the chicken boosts and seals in the flavor. Serve with Fire Roasted Tomato and Chipotle Salsa for an authentic Southwestern flavor. This recipe was developed by the McCormick Corporate Chefs for a luncheon given during the 45th National Chicken Cooking Contest held in Baltimore May 30, 2003."
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1 h servings 226 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 226 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 12.9 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 0.8g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 25.6 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 462 mg
  • 18%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Combine ancho, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, oregano, and salt with 2 teaspoons vegetable oil. Rub on chicken to evenly coat. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sear 1 minute per side. Transfer to a baking dish (or leave in the pan if it is oven-proof), and roast in a 350 degrees F oven for about 20 minutes or until chicken is done.
  3. Serve whole breasts or slice diagonally.


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Fantastic, made up the spice rub the night before and let the chicken breasts sit over night in the fridge. A big hit!

Followed the previous reviewer's advice and put the rub on the day before and served it with the leftover "black beans and rice" (on this site and called exactly that) that I had made a few days...