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Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Tropical Salsa

  • Yield: about 6



For the chicken:

  • 1 1/2lbs chicken breasts, pounded to 3/4″ thickness
  • 1/4c sugar
  • scant Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8tsp onion powder
  • 1/8tsp dry mustard

For the salsa:

  • 5 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 mangoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4c cilantro
  • 4 scallions, diced
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (with seeds and ribs removed)


For chicken:

  1. In a bowl, combine sugar, salt, and all spices. Rub mixture onto both sides of chicken breasts. Allow to rest 30 minutes to absorb flavors. Grill or pan-fry till done. (Yesterday, I pan-fried them for about 10 minutes on medium heat). Chicken will develop a crust from the rub. Don’t panic. It’s delicious. Let chicken rest 1-2 minutes to allow juices to redistribute, then serve warm with salsa.

For salsa:

  1. Combine all ingredients and toss to combine. Chill until ready to serve.