Chicken with Cacao Spice Rub & Tomatillo Pineapple Salsa

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Cost Per Serving $3.10
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Dry Cocoa Spice Rub
2 tbspCacao Nibs (or Cocoa Powder)
1 tspDried Oregano
1 tspSmoked Paprika
1 tspDried Chile Flakes (optional)
1 tspGarlic Powder
1 tspCoriander Seed
1/2 tspBlack Pepper
Chicken & Tomatillo Pineapple Salsa
2Chicken Breasts, butterflied into 4 pieces
2 tspOlive Oil or Grape Seed Oil
1 cupPineapple, grilled and roughly chopped
3Tomatillos, washed and roughly chopped
1Poblano Chili (any chili will work)
1/2 cupWhite Onion, roughly chopped
2Limes, juice only
1Avocado, diced
1/2 cupCilantro (optional)


  1. Coat each chicken breast generously with about 2 tsp of the dry cacao spice rub
  2. Heat a safe non-stick or cast iron pan over medium high heat and add oil. Once oil begins to shimmer add the chicken to the pan, making sure you hear it sizzle. Cook for about 5 minutes per side until cooked all the way through (cut through the middle to ensure the chicken is cooked well or check for an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F).
  3. While the chicken is cooking add the grilled pineapple, tomatillos, chile, onion, lime juice and cilantro to a blender and blend until slightly chunky.
  4. Serve salsa with the chicken and top with a little avocado and a side slice of lime.


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