• 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + 2 teaspoons, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed citrus juice any combination of lemon, lime, or orange (see note)

Spice Blend

  • 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.

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