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The avocado salsa really matches the spicy cayenne rub nicely

Not really sure what to make tonight, I did a quick troll of Everyday Food’s website (why don’t I have a subscription yet!) and found this recipe for a Cayenne-rubbed Chicken with avocado salsa. The prep was super easy–10 minutes, and I liked the versatility of the meat. We ate the breasts whole, but you could easily shred the meat and make some tasty tacos as well. The kick from the spice was a perfect pairing with both the bland chicken flavor and the citrus avocado salsa. This is a must-make recipe.

Cayenne Chicken
Everyday Food

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper
  • olive oil for pan
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 haas avocado
  • 1 lime
  1. Mix the salt, pepper, and cayenne together and rub over the chicken. 
  2. Heat a pan with oil and add chicken. Cook on a medium heat for 5-8 minutes on each side, until the outer skin is crispy and brown, and the meat is puffed out (resist slicing into the meat because you’ll let the juices escape). Let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes.
  3. As meat is cooking, thinly dice onion and squeeze lime juice on top of the pieces. Right before you serve, cube the avocado and add to the onion mixture.

Again–this recipe took 20 minutes tops—and the entire meal was under $15. And we’ve never devoured anything so quickly. (well, maybe honey mustard chicken) Try it!