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Chile-Rubbed Chicken

This roasted chicken dish gets an extra kick of spicy from a mixture of chile powder and paprika that gets rubbed in to the skin.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1998


  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground paprika
  • 4 chicken-breast halves with bone in and skin on
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme or marjoram
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the chile powder, cumin, paprika, plus salt and pepper to taste. Rub the chicken all over with the chile mix.

  2. Add the olive oil to a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, and swirl to cover bottom. Add the onion rounds in a single layer, then the thyme. Add chicken, skin side up. Transfer to oven, and bake until the chicken has cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes.

  3. Let chicken cool slightly. Using your fingers, remove the bones. Slice each breast, crosswise, into four or five pieces. Serve with the roasted onion rounds and thyme.

Cook's Notes

A number 10 or 11 skillet will accommodate all of the chicken. Or use two small skillets.

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