Recipe: Just-Right Spicy Chicken

Not too hot but spicy enough for everyone's taste.
just right spicy chicken

Stumped for a new, but simple, way to prepare your old weeknight standby: boneless chicken breasts? Try this super-easy way to prepare chicken that’s not too hot, but spiced just right for most everyone’s taste. And, you’ll have it on the table in no time – even on the busiest of days.

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12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of all fat
1 teaspoon paprika
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
⅛ teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)


  1. Cut the chicken breasts crosswise into 2-inch strips. In a small bowl, combine the paprika, garlic, black pepper, onion powder, thyme, oregano and cayenne. Toss with chicken strips.
  2. Place the chicken in a microwave-safe dish. Sprinkle with lime juice.
  3. Cover and microwave on High for 4 minutes. Check for doneness. If not opaque throughout, microwave on High for another 1 to 2 minutes (juices should run clear when the chicken is pierced with a knife).
  4. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if using, and serve.

Nutritional information per serving

Calories: 100 (9% calories from fat)

Total fat: 1 g
Saturated fat: 0%
Protein: 20 g
Carbohydrates: 2 g
Dietary fiber: 0 g
Cholesterol: 50 mg
Sodium: 55 mg

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Potassium: 250 mg

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