Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Perfect Chicken


Have you ever eaten a casserole with chicken that has no taste? All you can think is, "Man, this casserole would be awesome if the chicken didn't taste like plastic." Here is a big tip about meat in general: Even though not every recipe tells you to season the meat in the recipe with salt, at the very least, you are expected to season meat every time. Every time. As Emeril says, "Where I buy my meat, it don't come seasoned."

Well, the recipe below is the spice recipe I use to season chicken nearly every time. It is just good. It enhances the chickeniness of the chicken. Is chickeniness a word? I say it is. The recipe is adapted from one used by Picky Palate, and in addition to the spice recipe, this recipe details the perfect way to cook chicken.
This recipe makes great chicken for a simple meal, but it is also the chicken I make any time a recipe calls for chopped or shredded chicken. This chicken is the base for so, so many recipes.

Here's the lovely recipe card. I don't use this recipe card much because I cook this chicken so often it is memorized (or as one of my children's church kindergarteners used to say, "Memorizized!").


This is about the size pack of chicken breasts I usually buy. Even though there are only three in this pack, they are quite large.
Step One: Measure out the spices and salt into a bowl (or be like me and measure them into your ancient, wonderful 1/4 measuring cup)...

 



...and mix them all up.




Step Two: Heat oil over medium-high heat.

Step Three: While the oil heats up, rub all of the spice mixture all over the chicken breasts.



 

Step Four: Carefully add the chicken to the hot oil. Cook 2-3 min per side, or until each side gets a nice brown color.


 





Step Five: Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until juices run clear. Let the chicken rest for about 5-10 minutes before cutting, shredding, or eating. 

 
Perfect Chicken
2-4 boneless chicken breasts with or without rib meat
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. paprika
2-3 T. olive oil
Mix salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika in a small bowl (I use my old 1/4 cup). Coat the chicken breasts in the seasoning, rubbing in to coat. Pour olive oil in the bottom of a Dutch oven, and heat to med-high. When nice and hot, add chicken to the pan (in batches if necessary). Cook 2-3 min per side. If any chicken has been removed, add it back to the Dutch oven. Place uncovered Dutch oven in a 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes or until juices run clear. Let sit on a plate 5-10 minutes before cutting, shredding, or eating.
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116 comments:

  1. Sounds great! Can't wait to try it!

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  2. I am cooking this right now - can't wait to see how it comes out. thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Welcome! I made it tonight for a pasta recipe I plan on posting tonight or tomorrow. I all but licked the pan :).

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  3. I came across this on pinterest and this was so yummy! Best chicken I've had in a very long time!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!! :)

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  4. I am making this right now! I am so excited because I have been experimenting on what would make a good chicken rub. If all turns out I might have to use it on that whole chicken I have in my freezer. Thanks!

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  5. Wow! I just tried this rub and it's soooo amazing! I actually used smoked paprika (because that's what I had on hand) and it gave the chicken the most amazing smoky flavor! I also made a little bit of a glaze by adding a tiny bit of cream of chicken soup, about a 1/4 c diced white onions and about a tablespoon of worcestershire sauce...but the rub is what really made it amazing! Thanks for the recipe!!! :)

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    1. Oooh. That glaze sounds good...I am a sucker for Worcestershire sauce :).

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  6. I've been looking for just the right technique for roasting boneless skinless chicken breast. I'll definitely try your method. I already seasoned my chicken but I'll be sure to try your rub the next time.

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  7. Wow, this looks great! I found this recipe on Pinterest and would love it if you shared this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday link party (open through Monday each week) at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Hope to see you link up. Have a great weekend.

    Michelle

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    1. I will link up this Thursday! Thanks so much for the invite. Things have been crazy around our house lately. I am behind on my blogging!

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  8. I want to try this chicken rub tomorrow but I don't have any paprika is that okay?

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    1. That's fine. I actually make several variations of this chicken - one of which only uses salt and pepper. The paprika gives it a little color (and I happen to be obsessed with the flavor it brings). Happy cooking!

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  9. Oh my goodness this is the BEST way I have ever found of cooking chicken. I used it for a very large (1-lb) chicken breast, and it was cooked absolutely perfectly in 25 minutes! I could have eaten the whole thing right then and there, but managed to get most of it into our dinner for tonight! Thanks for such a simple, tasty recipe!

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  10. Amber,
    You are being featured on Creative Thursday this week :) Stop by and check it out.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Michelle

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  11. This is delicious! I just made this and it is the best. I'm never cooking chicken another way again.

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  12. Just tried this... didn't have onion powder... but still.. mmmmmm

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  13. Hi! Found this on pinterest and I'm currently thawing chicken to try this recipe. But I don't have a dutch oven. Any suggestions? Thanks!!!

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    1. Actually, I do! I have made this at friends' houses and I have yet to cook at a friend's house with a Dutch oven. I just use the deepest, heavy-bottomed pot that I can find, and so far that has always worked out just as well.

      Make sure the pot is oven-safe, though! If the pot is totally metal, it is oven safe. If there are any rubber or plastic parts to it, try wrapping those parts in aluminum foil, and just keep an eye on it. :) Let me know how it turns out!

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    2. Hi!! So I had a stainless steel very heavy-bottomed pan that wasn't very deep that I figured could go in the oven. I made the chicken exactly as you recommended and it turned out DELICIOUS!!!!!! I made some quinoa and vegetables and had it for lunch the first day, then I shredded some up and made soft tacos, and then for today, I made some pasta with a light cream sauce and put the chicken over the pasta. I made a total of 4 but the first one, I ate as soon as it came out of the oven. So now it's time to make MORE!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Thank you SO much for the truly perfect chicken!

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  14. Very wonderful. It's 7:04am and my mouth is watering just reading this. Thank you for imparting your wisdom with the world. I love a great piece of chicken, http://hometownslop.blogspot.com/2012/03/key-west-chicken-quick-easy-and.html

    Thanks again!

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  15. Is 1 T a teaspoon or tablespoon?

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    1. a little t = teaspoon
      a big T = tablespoon

      A good way to remember it is that a big T looks like a table. :)

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  16. Wow.. The Perfect Chicken Recipe was looking delicious and the info on making procedure of this Chicken Recipes was very nice, Thanks a lot.

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  17. Excellent idea. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. I just made this chicken. I didn't have an oven safe pan so I just transferred the chicken to a casserole dish. It smell amazing. It tastes Fan-Friggin-Tastic! I made it for lunch as a test run. Next time I need to make more!!!
    Thanks for this great recipe!

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  20. I'm making this as we speak. I doubled the spices because I felt like it...ha ha. It smells delicious. I'll let ya know.

    Chris

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  21. This sounds delicious! Going to make a big batch and freeze it for future meals!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  22. This chicken looks so good! I love all the mixtures of spices! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation. I am featuring this on my blog!
    http://twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com/2012/09/thursdays-temptation-33-fabulous.html
    Jill

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  23. Hands down the best chicken I've made. When my husband tasted it, he said, "Well, now we know why it is called 'the perfect chicken'". We made it for the chicken and spinach lemon pasta. It was fabulous! This is going to be my go-to chicken recipe.

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  24. Can you use chicken thighs for this recipe?

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    1. You can, and I have. I cannot remember the exact cooking time, though. I think it was thirty minutes for boneless, skinless thighs. Let me know how it goes!

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  25. Your chicken looks delicious. Lately I have been buying whole chickens and smoking them. It's a good way to have a great meal with some leftovers.

    My mouth is watering just reading this and it's 6:40am. Thanks for sharing your delicious food with us.

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  26. This chicken looks so delicious! I'm going to make it tonight! Thank you for the recipe. Also, I'm really loving the font you used on your blog. Would you mind sharing it? (what's the name of it?)
    Thank you!

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    1. The main one is a font called "Coming Soon" and the one for titles is "Kranky." Both of them are in Blogger's font options. :)

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  27. I truly like to reading your post. Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a nice information.
    the greasy chicken

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  28. Thanks so much. I made this and both my husband and son liked it!

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  29. I've tried variations of this recipe with spices I had on hand twice now and it's great! I know someone mentioned not having a dutch oven awhile ago, and just wanted to say you can use a regular pan for the stove part, and a oven safe dish in the over and it works just as well. You might have to change your cooking times a bit but other then that it works out fine :)

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  30. I cook for my family every night. I like to cook lots of chicken in advance to use for future recipes. Problem is the chicken is usually very dry and really can't even be eaten right out of the oven. I saw this on pinterest and completely agree with your chickeness comment. I tried it and my family LOVED it. The first night we sliced it up and dipped it in various sauces. The next day we used the rest to make chicken salad. I doubled the recipe and it is all gone. This is now my go-to recipe. Thank you!!

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  31. This was absolutley WONDERFUL! My whole family loved it! It had awesome flavor:) It will be a recipe that I will make a lot!!! Thanks!

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  32. love this recipe. my house smells so goooooood right now. thanks!

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  33. Can't wait to try this! Looks delish! Do you think I could mix up a big batch and keep it in a spice bottle for future use or do I need to make a fresh batch each time?

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    1. I make a fresh batch each time, but I think making a bottle of the stuff would work just fine. I also know that if you go on ahead and make and shred a bunch of perfect chicken, you can freeze that in batches if you would like to try that.

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  34. Can't wait to try this. I would think a large batch of the seasoning could be mixed up to have on hand in a shaker bottle & just pull it out any time you need it. Also would be good to make a very large batch, have chicken & potatoes the first night, then shred & freeze the rest in dinner sized portions for whenever you need cooked chicken for a recipe. Would make life a lot easier! Thanks for sharing!!

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  35. I made this tonight, but instead of onion powder, I used a garlic and wine seasoning from The Melting Pot and a seasoning salt from Hooters.

    I had to double the rub recipe because we had four chicken thighs to work with, and 1 tsp of everything wasn't quite enough. Definitely do NOT recommend the double salt on my part - LOL. But other than that it was tender and delicious! Will be making this again :)

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  36. This was SO good - thanks! I doubled (nearly tripled) the spices and used smoked paprika, which was amazing.

    Making it again this week! Even my 2 year old loved it.

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  37. Can you just roast this in the oven without frying first?
    I want to try this recipe on a whole chicken.

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    1. I honestly do not know how to make this recipe work for a whole chicken because I have never cooked a whole chicken before! If you already have a roasting method that you like for roasting a whole chicken, just use this spice mix (I would double it) but roast it the way you usually do. Sorry! I'm not sure I was much help!

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  38. Best chicken I ever made!! Thanks!

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  39. Perfect chicken is perfect! Thank you

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  40. I made this chicken to use in a pot pie tonight, and I planned to shred and freeze the rest for later (I had 4 lbs of chicken, so I quadrupled the spices). After it came out of the oven I tasted it, and it was amazing! I decided it was too good to shred so I'm just going to serve it for dinner tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe! -♥-

    Oh, and for anyone without a Dutch oven, I baked it in a 9x13 casserole and it came out just fine.

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  42. This is the way I learned to season chicken since I learned to cook from my mother. Family classic.

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  43. Love love love this. I use Smoked Paprika, and its awesome.

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  44. I cook whole chickens on my charcoal grill. I've used Lowry's in the past but I can't wait to try the perfect chicken recipe.
    The secret to cooking whole chickens is to make a fire on each side of charcoal grill. Spread coals after they get hot and ready, some white on corners. You keep fires on sides. Coat chickens with melted butter or olive oil and rub.Place 1 or 2 chickens on center between fires.Open up grill and cook hot for about 30 minutes then turn grill on low by adjusting air vents to almost closed 1/4 to 1/3 inch.Go get them in a couple of hours and it will be falling off the bones. I rub red whole potatoes with olive oil and generous salt and wrap in foil and place right next to chickens when I turn the grill on low. Best baked potatoes to go with the perfect whole chickens. Yummy!
    Dottie Green
    kingston, Ga.

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  45. Hello! Found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner last night. My personal trainer husband is very hard to cook healthy for as he always wants to eat chicken and I can't cook with a lot of oils or fats. I cut the oil back just a bit in this recipe but he and I both LOVED it. In fact, he asked me to make 4 pounds A WEEK for him for his lunches! Thanks so much for a healthy and tasty recipe!

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  46. Cooking this tonight, for my picky husband. I'll get back to you.

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    1. Okay, this was a huge hit. And so easy too.

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  47. OMG! My boyfriend is very honest about my cooking, and I'm the first to say I struggle in the kitchen. However, he LOVED this!! He raved and raved. "This is delicious," "wow," "this is the best chicken I've ever had," "this is the best meal you've ever made" - those were just a few of the great remarks I received! It made my night just knowing he enjoyed his dinner :) I did not have any paprika, however, I used cayenne pepper, which turned out great! It added just enough spicy-ness. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!

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  48. I used my cast iron and it was so good..... Oh I also grabbed wings I thought was thighs ( I mix thighs with chicken breast for recipes...and they turned out good too!!

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  49. I made this last week for chicken enchilada, it was WONDERFUL! I will never just boil chicken again!!!

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  50. The spice alone is amazing! I've made this on chicken multiple times, but spiced it with "perfect spice" and did the same process with pork and it was TO DIE FOR!! So amazing!!

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  51. I first made this when trying your Lemon Angel Hair with Chicken & Spinach recipe. I loved it (though I use one lemon instead of two since my husband thought it was too much) Anyway, I wanted to make Chicken Gnocchi pasta last week so I used your Perfect Chicken recipe again. It was soooo good. I really think this IS the perfect chicken and now anytime I am looking to make something new with chicken, this is my go to way to prepare it :) Thanks!

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  52. My husband raved about this chicken! He said it tastes like Outback! Now I need ideas on how to use the leftovers!

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    1. Girl, I've got you covered :). I use this chicken in everything! http://therecipecrayonbox.blogspot.com/2012/08/recipes-that-use-now-infamous-perfect.html

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  53. Refined coconut oil would be far better and healthier than using olive oil, by the way. Olive oil should never be heated that high because it causes the olive oil to oxidize.

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  54. Is it the spice mixture that makes this so good or the method of cooking? I was wondering about doing this in the crockpot. That's how I usually make my chicken for in recipes.

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    1. I'm definitely wondering about the crock pot, too! I'm thinking maybe sear them on the stove top, then place in crock pot? Just to get those nice toasty bits on it. :-)

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  55. Unknown, it's definitely the spice mixture, but also the searing. Even if you choose to try it in the crockpot, I'd start with chicken rub and searing; THEN put it in the slow cooker. :-)
    PS I just made this. My family left NOTHING! Thank you!!!

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  56. YUM - I am making your Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas tonight. Just got done with this chicken and can not keep my hands out of the bowl!!

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  57. I found this through Pinterest a while back & we love it! I've used it alone, in fried rice, in salads, everywhere! We will never have boring chicken again!

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    1. Have you ever made a batch and froze some? And if you did, did it thaw out ok? Just wondering.

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  58. I made this for dinner tonight, but I smothered it in cream of mushroom soup and fresh grated Parmesan cheese at the end of the baking time. I'm so excited to try it! It smells absolutely delicious!

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  59. This looks delicious! Would this be possible to make with thin cut chicken breasts? If so, how long should I cook for?

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    1. Sure! It will depend on how thin your chicken is. I buy some thin cut ones sometimes, and I keep the stovetop directions the same but only let them bake about 5-7 minutes.

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  61. This chicken is really good. Goes great just as it is, with a side of broccoli.

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  62. I'm here from Pinterest. This was great!!! My picky eaters ate it! It was super juicy. Perfect by itself and will be great shredded too. Thanks!

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  63. This recipe rocks! I followed the recipe as written except I used smoked paprika. I was too lazy to make sides, so I just cut it up and ate it with some crusty french bread. Amazing! thanks for sharing.

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  64. I made this tonight. I added some dry mustard powder. I served it plain and my super-picky 4-year-old daughter asked for seconds. That never happens! I guess this will be going right into our menu plan! Thank you!

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  65. This was seriously yummy served with a fresh mango salsa!!! Thanks for the recipe, it really is PERFECT!!

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  66. This is fantastic! I make a larger batch at a time (2tbsp)of each spice and fill a small jar to have premade. Epicure Spice Jars 2.8 oz size is perfect for this. Then it is always ready to use. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  67. I used this chicken in the fajitas I made for dinner tonight, and it was amazing!! The chicken on it's own was so good I kept eating it as I was shredding it up, and it tasted amazing with everything else! Thank you for sharing, this is my new go-to chicken recipe!!

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  68. Made this tonight, it was so good! I also added 1/2 tsp of lemon pepper.

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  69. I just made this chicken and it is excellent. I love the seasoning.

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  72. Have to say I love this recipe, I would love it if you would
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    1. Aww! I would love to! Send me the details.

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  73. I use this chicken recipe ALL the time. The chicken always turns out so flavorful and JUICY! LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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  74. What are all the ingredients measured in?

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    1. I'm not sure i understand the question, but I measure out 1/2 a teaspoon of each seasoning/spice. Does that help?

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  75. Thanks for sharing one of the perfect chicken recipes I have tasted Damdama Lake

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  76. You have given good information about the Chicken Recipes for Dinner. It is the best guideline to make the chicken recipe.

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  77. This is just an incredible post. Your recipe just brings so much flavor and life to a boring chicken breast. We tried this for dinner once and everyone loved it. Surely, other readers who are looking for fresh ideas on preparing their food and even restaurant Fort Lauderdale providers will be delighted with this post of yours. I am guessing they would request for it again one of these days. Thank you again for posting.

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  80. Holy smokes! In all of my trials with trying to learn to cook, this is hands down the only way to prepare chicken that I love, and I'm not a huge chicken eater! So great, and my hubby actually loved my cooking (of the chicken portion...the rest of the meal was just eh...) :) Great recipe, thanks for sharing! I'll be using this for all my chicken recipes to come!

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  81. I pinned this on Pinterest and just tonight finally tried it. Very Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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  82. We have 3 very fussy teenagers and they're not overly fond of chicken breasts. I made this recipe for dinner and the 3 girls could not stop talking about it, even asking for it again next week. So simple yet such a winner and simple. I made a whole bunch of the rub and put it in a shaker jar and now it's my go-to chicken rub. Not easy to please 9 people for dinner every night, but this one is a hit!

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