2-3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed citrus juice any combination of lemon, lime, or orange (see note)
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning or Herbs de Provence
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika see note
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and stir together all Spice Blend ingredients.
Pound chicken to even thickness (max 1 inch thickness at any given part).
Rub the 2 teaspoons olive oil all over the chicken breasts. Season all over with the spice blend.
In a large, oven-safe skillet (see note for alternate method) melt butter over medium heat and stir in 1 tablespoon oil.
Brown chicken in the butter and oil for about 2 minutes on each side.
Transfer skillet to preheated oven. Bake for 15-18 minutes until chicken is cooked through (165 degrees in the center).
Squeeze fresh citrus (lemon, lime, orange, or a combination of any of the three!) over baked chicken just before serving. Serve whole chicken breasts, or dice or slice chicken for use in your favorite dishes.