One Recipe, Two Ways: Spice-Rubbed Chicken

I’m going crazy over this recipe. Mostly because it’s perfect for summer suppers when you don’t really want to overthink it, spend too much time in the kitchen, or have too much to clean up.

We’re spicing some chicken cubes, but going a milder route for your kiddies, with just some Italian seasoning mixed with a bit of garlic powder and a pinch of salt. Then tossed in a pan until browned on both sides. Done. Serve it with buttery corn on the cob. Don’t you love this already?

And for you — gosh, it gets so good. You’ll start the same way you did for your kiddos, but then you’ll add cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne. Toss it back in the pan to get some browning, and serve it with corn on the cob (add hot sauce!), a crisp green salad and a little bit of lemon.

It’s so simple and so summery and so freaking tasty you’ll lose your mind. I want to make it again but maybe put it on top of some silky lemony pasta!

One Recipe, Two Ways: Spice-Rubbed Chicken

Serves 4


2 pounds chicken breast, cut into bite-size cubes

2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning, divided in half

1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided in half

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 pinch cayenne

1 pinch coarse salt

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Buttery corn on the cob and salad, for the sides

Hot sauce, for the adult corn cobs


In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle and rub the seasonings all over half of the cubed chicken. This batch will be for your kids.

In another small bowl, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, the cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle and rub the mix all over the other half of the cubed chicken. This batch will be for you.

Now heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the kids’ chicken to the pan and saute on both sides until browned, about 5 minutes total. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Back in the pan, add another tablespoon of oil and the remaining, spicier chicken. Saute on both sides until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.

In the meantime, prep a simple green salad for the adult eaters, and boil a few ears of corn in a large pot of salted water. Melt some butter and roll the corn in it. This is a healthy, positive thing in life.

Give some corn to your littles, along with the seasoned chicken. And give yourself some corn (with some salad and the spiced chicken), but sprinkle a little bit of hot sauce on the corn! This is also a healthy and positive thing in life.

Serve, eat, be happy.

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