Recipe: Just-Right Spicy Chicken

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

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

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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 percent calories from fat)

Total fat: 1 g

Saturated fat: 0%

Protein: 20 g

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Carbohydrates: 2 g

Dietary fiber: 0 g

Cholesterol: 50 mg

Sodium: 55 mg

Potassium: 250 mg

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