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Cumin Chicken

This zesty chicken dish comes together in a flash, so it's perfect for those busy weeknights. But it's so saucy and delicious, it's certainly good enough for company! —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup picante sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules


  • Mix 1 teaspoon cumin, oregano and garlic salt; sprinkle over both sides of chicken. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides.
  • In a small bowl, mix picante sauce, water, bouillon and remaining cumin; pour over chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, 8-12 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Bring sauce to a boil; cook, uncovered, until thickened, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes. Serve with chicken.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 3 tablespoons sauce: 170 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 377mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.
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  • Jerry
    Aug 3, 2020

    This is very good with Spanish rice. I only used 2 chicken breasts & 1 tsp. of the cumin, otherwise I followed the recipe. The amount of sauce was perfect for 2 breasts.

  • Justin
    Mar 25, 2017

    Been making this recipe for the past 30 years, originally found in a pace picante sauce cookbook. Only difference I make is I usually double the sauce.

  • kendralowry
    Nov 22, 2016

    Love this! Cumin is one of my favorite spices and this recipe captures that wonderful flavor in an easy to fix, healthy recipe. We eat this with brown rice and enjoy left overs the next day. There's nothing not to like.

  • Beema
    Jan 29, 2016

    I like the extra jazzy spice in this recipe, and it was easy to cut down to just two servings. I will make this again, and pass it along to the new bride in my family.

  • stephfinn
    Nov 27, 2011

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  • bigmax
    Apr 19, 2008

    I make this and black bean&rice and put it into a roll up fantstic its great. I also add extra selsa

  • testAHC8
    Feb 20, 2008

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  • GooFan
    Feb 15, 2008

    Great recipe. Just love it.

  • hejcs01
    Feb 14, 2008

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