Tonight’s dinner (cooked by yours truly) was one of our favorite weeknight dinner recipes, a quick and fairly easy meal for couple’s on a budget. Gives the chicken breasts lots of flavor!
This recipe comes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
- 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded to flatten slightly or cut in half to form two thinner chicken cutlets
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or canola or vegetable oil or olive oil)
- Jasmine Rice and a mixed greens salad for serving (optional)
- In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and pat the spice mixture onto the chicken breasts, rubbing it into the chicken to create an even coating.
- In a large, 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the coconut oil (or other oil) over medium heat until hot and rippling. Add the chicken in a single layer (you may need to do separate batches) and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side depending on how thick the chicken pieces are (the chicken will register 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer when cooked fully). The chicken will darken quite a bit due to the brown sugar in the spice rub. Adjust the heat if you feel the chicken is burning or overcooking – it will be dry if it overcooks so cook it just until cooked through so it stays juicy and tender.
- Remove the chicken to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces, if needed.
- Let the chicken rest 5 or so minutes before serving. Serve with jasmine rice and a mixed greens salad.