Spicy Tunisian Grilled Chicken

6/17/2013, 5:25 p.m.

Spicy Tunisian Grilled Chicken

American Heart Associaton

Spicy Tunisian Grilled Chicken

This spicy rub of coriander, caraway and hot pepper is lovely on grilled chicken, as we use it here, or try it on pork tenderloin or salmon. If you prefer your food less spicy, reduce the amount of crushed red pepper.


2 teaspoons coriander seeds

2 teaspoons caraway seeds

3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1-1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast (see Cook Tips)

Cooking Instructions

Grind coriander seeds, caraway seeds and crushed red pepper in a spice grinder (or mortar and pestle) until finely ground. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in garlic powder and salt. Coat both sides of chicken with the rub up to 30 minutes before grilling or broiling.

Preheat grill to medium-high or position a rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler.

To grill: Oil the grill rack (see Cook Tip). Grill the chicken, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 4 to 8 minutes per side.

To broil: Line a broiler pan (or baking sheet) with foil and coat with cooking spray. Place the chicken on the foil. Broil, watching carefully and turning at least once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 10 to 15 minutes total.

Cook's Tip

It’s difficult to find an individual chicken breast small enough for one portion. Removing the thin strip of meat from the underside of a 5-ounce breast—the chicken tender—removes about 1 ounce of meat and yields a perfect 4-ounce portion. Wrap and freeze the tenders and when you have gathered enough, use them in a stir-fry or for oven-baked chicken fingers. If you can only find chicken breasts closer to 8- to 9-ounce each, you’ll only need 2 breasts for 4 servings — cut each one in half before cooking.

Nutritional Analysis

Per serving

Calories Per Serving 131

Total Fat 3 g

Saturated Fat 1 g

Monounsaturated Fat 1 g

Cholesterol 63 mg

Sodium 195 mg

Carbohydrates 2 g

Fiber 1 g

Protein 23 g

Potassium 228 mg

Dietary Exchanges 3 lean meats

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