Cumin Crusted Chicken

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted, plus 3 tablespoons toasted cumin seeds, ground

1 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons

2 tablespoons honey

Freshly ground black pepper

4 (8-ounce) frenched, skin on chicken breasts

1/3 cup grated cotija cheese

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Whisk together the whole cumin, lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, honey, and pepper in a medium baking dish. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Cover, and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Heat a large ovenproof saute pan over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade and wipe off any excess. Combine the ground cumin, cotija, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Dust the chicken on the skin side with the mixture.
  4. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Place the chicken, skin side down, in the pan and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Turn over and place in the oven. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until just cooked through.