It’s time for another recipe! First, the recipe. Then, me blathering onward about my occasionally questionable culinary capabilities and the memories this particular feast holds for me.
- The Ingredients
- 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 package chorizo sausage, optional
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
- 1 green or yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
- 1 medium white or yellow onion, minced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of cumin (powder)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese (adjust as needed, can use cheddar, Monterey Jack, “Mexican” blend, etc.)
- The Way of Preparing
- Preheat oven to 400°F, 200°C, or gas mark 6.
- Mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and cayenne (if using). Sprinkle 3/4ths of the spice mix over both sides of the chicken breasts. Reserve 1/4th to season the vegetables.
- Drizzle your baking dish with a bit of oil; place the seasoned chicken breasts in the baking dish.
- Top chicken with bell pepper strips and minced onion, then sprinkle the remaining 1/4th of the spice mix over the vegetables.
- Top with the shredded cheese.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken comes to 165°F internal temperature in the thickest part of the breast.
- Broil on high at the very end to crisp up the cheese.
- Let set for five minutes before serving.
- I love, love, love adding sliced mushrooms to the bottom of the baking dish. Mostly because I have a weakness for mushrooms. They’re just so good!
- Serving this over cauliflower rice makes it a delicious, ketogenic dinner.
- You can also cut the chicken into strips for faster cooking and to be able to serve it over rice a bit easier.
This is one is a quick make-and-bake that’s easy on a weeknight. And it’s dirt cheap if you get your produce for a good deal.
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