You can make a simple marinade by introducing any acid – in this case, lemon juice – to any blend of spices. Using my Chipotle Pepper Spice Rub and olive oil, simply apply this paste-like concoction to your chicken breasts and you are on your way to chicken euphoria. Typically a spice rub only seasons the surface of the meat. Adding an acid of some sort helps those seasonings really penetrate the meat. So in this case I chose lemon juice, but I have used all sorts of acids in this recipe such as lime juice, tabasco vinegar or juice from a sour orange.
A little bit of this goes a long way and people have different preferences when it comes to spicy food, so you can judge for yourself as to how many chicken breasts this can yield. This is a recipe where a toaster oven comes in handy due to the intense, direct heat that it provides. Also, if you are cooking for a few people the oven temperature can be easily controlled without heating up your entire room, house or apartment.
- 1/2 cup of Homemade in Astoria Chipotle Pepper Spice Rub
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- whole skinless chicken breasts
- Combine spice rub, lemon juice and olive oil and mix thoroughly to produce a coarse, paste-like marinate.
- Coat chicken breasts with marinade and store in refrigerator at least 3 hours, or overnight for best results.
- An hour before cooking, remove chicken from refrigerator so they can warm up to room temperature.
- Preheat toaster oven to 400 degrees.
- Place chicken on wire rack and bake for 20 minutes. Resist the urge to overcook. Times may vary according to chicken sizes, but don’t hesitate to check for doneness. At its thickest area, chicken should be a succulent milky white in color with no trace of pink.
Yield: 4 chicken breasts