Saucy Chicken Breasts with Limes

A simmering stunt for weeknight chicken yields delicious meat and brilliant, firm skin.


  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fit salt, in addition to more
  • 1 entire skin-on, bone-in chicken bosom (around 1½ pounds), split
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes, divided

Stage 1
Place a 10″ cast-iron skillet in broiler; preheat stove to 475°. Lay your hands on another weighty skillet or pan a similar width or more modest and detach a 8″ piece of foil; put away close to oven.

Stage 2
Blend cumin, turmeric, paprika, and 1 tsp. salt in a little bowl. Prepare yourself: This following stage requires some light butchery, yet all the same it’s simple. Put chicken skin side down on a cutting board and find the short column of little rib bones close to the external edge of the bosom. Hold them with your fingers and pull them off (or utilize a paring blade or shears). Next: along the middle line where the bosom was sliced down the middle, there’s a dull, enigmatically rectangular bone — it nearly seems to be a blacksmith’s iron. Now and again it’s in one piece, or the two sides will have a portion of it. It doesn’t make any difference: Grip the bone with your fingers and haul it out, then coax out the segment of adaptable ligament just underneath it. All done indeed! Presently the chicken will lay level in the dish, which is the reason it cooks so rapidly.

Stage 3
Season the two sides of chicken with salt, then with all of the zest rub. Eliminate hot skillet from stove and set over medium-high intensity. Add oil, then lay chicken into dish, skin side down. Utilize a spatula to immovably squeeze chicken against surface, then add 1 lime to dish, putting sides down. Cook until skin is beginning to brown, around 2 minutes. Move skillet to broiler, lay saved foil over chicken, then weight with second dish. Cook 10 minutes.

Stage 4
Eliminate container from stove and turn chicken over; cook second side in leftover intensity 1 moment. Get juice from cooked limes into skillet; move chicken and container juices to a plate and present with residual lime parts.