Blackened Chicken with Dirty Rice

Lots of spices! You know I love cooking with spices. It is one of the lowest-calorie options for adding a punch of flavor to a dish. These particular spices were for a Blackened Chicken with Dirty Rice recipe I made this weekend.

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This pinch bowl of spices was used to season a few boneless skinless chicken breast halves, which I started cooking by, (1) searing on the stovetop for 3-4 minutes on one side, flipped and then, (2) finished baking in the oven at 400 F for about 6 minutes. The method worked PERFECTLY! It produced some of the most tender, juiciest boneless skinless chicken breasts I’ve ever prepared.

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The next step (or rather, concurrent step) in the Blackened Chicken and Dirty Rice recipe is to prepare the Dirty Rice! I did actually omit the traditional ingredient that makes Dirty Rice, well, dirty, and that is chicken livers! I just couldn’t do it. Liver reminds me of the stinky dish my grandma used to always order at The Greenery restaurant in Clio, Michigan, and I haven’t yet tackled adding them to my adult food repertoire. The rice sounded flavorful enough on it’s own, without the chicken livers.

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Mmm, this was super delicious! As I mentioned, the recipe’s method for cooking chicken breast (start on the stovetop, finish in the oven) is fantastic. This will be my new go-to method for chicken preparation. I’m never a huge fan of chicken cooked on the stovetop, in a skillet. Mine always gets rubbery, and I just don’t like the texture. I often see recipes that call for chicken breast cut into bite-size pieces and cooked in a skillet. Since I don’t really like the texture of chicken prepared in that manner, I often will bake the chicken in the oven and then cut it into bite-size pieces for such recipes.

This new method is the best! It is fast, and produced tender, juicy bites of chicken. Check out the recipe for more specifics.

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Blackened Chicken with Dirty Rice and a spinach and romaine salad.

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This chicken and rice recipe is a winner! We rated the chicken a 9/10 and the rice an 8/10. Check out the recipe at Cooking Light.

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