Fragrant spices enliven the rub on the chicken breasts in Blackened Chicken with Dirty Rice. The trinity of vegetables—onion, celery, and green pepper—along with thyme, spices, and chicken livers combine for a decadent side of Dirty Rice.
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chicken breast half, about 2/3 cup rice, and 1 tablespoon sauce)
1. To prepare rice, heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and next 3 ingredients (through thyme); sauté 4 minutes. Add rice, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper, and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add 2 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 12 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.
2. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add livers; sauté for 4 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Stir in green onions. Add liver mixture and hot pepper sauce to rice; fluff with a fork.
3. Preheat oven to 400°.
4. To prepare chicken, combine cumin and the next 5 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon red pepper); rub evenly over chicken. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan; cook 3 minutes. Turn chicken; place pan in oven. Bake at 400° for 6 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan. Add broth to pan; bring to a boil. Cook until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup (about 2 minutes). Spoon sauce over chicken; serve with rice.