Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spicy Chicken Breast Recipe - Great for Grilling!

Hello friends! I know I have been quiet for a bit now, my family and I moved halfway across the country from Virginia to Texas and are trying to get settled in! Many people ask, why we moved and to put it simply, we moved to live. :) In February we visited Texas for about a week and really feel in love with the views, the weather, the people, the pace and the quality of life out here. After we got back to Virginia we took steps to get a job lined up for my husband and get our house sold so we could trek out here! :) It's been quite an adventure I assure you! Initially when we got to Texas, we were living in an extended stay hotel for about two weeks while waiting for our rental house to be ready for us. During that time cooking was nonexistent. Now we are renting a home as we lot and floor plan shop to get started building a home! Late last week I unpacked the last few boxes of kitchen supplies and am happy to be cooking again! As my husband put it, my kitchen is like my office - I do a lot of my work there. :D Does this guy know me or what?! ;) Along with getting settled into our new place until we have ours built, I've discovered Costco O.O ...and have since gotten a membership! I scored some 40 frozen 1/4 lb hamburgers and we've been chowing on those. Most of the last week we ate hamburgers made on lean mean grilling machines (anyone remember those? They are awesome for indoor grilling! Just sayin ;)), which have been tasty but lacked creativity. I also had scored a 5 lb bag of chicken breasts from a Wal-mart not terribly long ago and today I decided it was time to change up our hamburger and side salad routine and toss some chicken in the mix!

This recipe is super simple, not much of a laundry list for ingredients but packs a punch (in your mouth!). Also, be forewarned, as you cook these bad boys, the pepper oils might get caught in your throat and cause you to cough (they did for both myself and my sister!). This is just a prelude to the deliciousness that you are about to experience once you get one of them to your plate and cut into a bite size piece for your mouths enjoyment! :)

This recipe would take the cake at any barbecue.. I can't wait to get these on the grill... but for now, I had them in a pan! Over medium high heat!! :D

Spicy Chicken Breast Recipe
Serves 5 - 8

If you're cooking, you'll want to oil the pan with this:
- 4 Tablespoons butter (or bacon grease!)

If you're grilling, omit the butter or bacon grease and put them straight on those grill grates!

For the seasonings... get to mixing these ingredients... in a bowl...

- 2 1/2 Tablespoons paprika
- 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 1 Tablespoon ground mustard
- 1 Tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 Tablespoon ground black pepper

Also, have this on hand:

8-10 medium sized chicken breasts, each 4 to 6 oz pieces

Place the dry mix on a plate and put each chicken breast into the mix, coating both sides.

Cook or grill each chicken breast for about 3 - 5 minutes each side, until the pink in the middle is gone.

While cooking, be sure to cover the chicken to help keep in the moisture. If the pan gets too hot and starts to blacken, add a bit of water, reduce the temperature and cover it. Before you know it, you'll have delicious chicken breasts!

If you have leftovers (though I can't imagine you would ;)) this chicken would be excellent cut up on top of a salad! But don't take my word for it! ;)

Also - if you are wondering what to side to serve, might I recommend sauteing onions? See pictures and more description here.

Chicken Breast recipe adapted from


  1. I just bought a package of chicken thighs and it's more than what I needed for another recipe. Since I have everything I need to make this, it's game on!!! Thanks for a great rub!

    1. Way to be Lin! :) It sounds like making this recipe was meant to happen for you! ;) Woo hoo! :) Enjoy and thanks for commenting! :D