“My advice to people at home is bronzing rather that blackening,” says Paul Prudhomme. “This avoids the smoke and the risk of handling a red-hot skillet while still achieving an excellent result.”
Prudhomme, one of America’s favorite chefs and the father of blackened redfish, gave me this advice during an interview. His bronzed chicken can cook indoors without smoke and keeps the meat juicy. The secret is to keep the skillet at the right temperature. The chicken should take 6 to 7 minutes to cook. If it takes much longer, the skillet is not hot enough. Another hint from Prudhomme is to bring the chicken breasts to room temperature before cooking. This gives a more even and juicier result.
Use the Cajun spice mixture given in the recipe or use 1 tablespoon prepared Cajun spice seasoning mix.
The Spinach Rice Pilaf recipe is easy to make and takes under 20 minutes to cook. You can use microwaveable rice instead and stir the spinach into the rice as soon as the rice is cooked. The spinach will wilt in the heat of the cooked rice.
This meal contains 456 calories per serving with 23 percent of calories from fat.
Wine suggestion: This dish, which is spicy-flavorful though not spicy-hot, would be wonderful with a rich, white viognier.
• An electric frying pan can be used instead of a skillet. Keep the temperature at 350 degrees.
• Cajun spice mixes can be found in the spice section of the supermarket.
• Start rice.
• Make chicken.
• Finish rice.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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