I put out a request on Twitter and Facebook for Yankees fans to make chicken recipe suggestions for the ALCS beginning tonight against the Texas Rangers. Within minutes, rabid Yankee fan and former grade school classmate of mine, Stephen Nebel responded with a clever suggestion both delicious and suggestive of what we Yankee fans would love to see…the charred remains of the Rangers season blackened on a skillet. So, we arrive at this recipe with both a hunger for something spicy and for an opening night win for the Pinstripes. Thanks, Stephen…Go Yanks!
Texas Blackened Chicken
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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes until it is smoking hot.
- Mix together the paprika, salt, cayenne, cumin, thyme, white pepper, and onion powder. Oil the chicken breasts with cooking spray on both sides, then coat the chicken breasts evenly with the spice mixture.
- Place the chicken in the hot pan, and cook for 1 minute. Turn, and cook 1 minute on other side. Place the breasts on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes.