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Southwest Inspiration…

I was hoping to give you a kickin’ carrot cupcake recipe tonight but it didn’t turn out quite right.  My family ate them up but the texture was a little gummy for my taste so I am offering you our dinner course instead.  The Southwest chicken recipe is simple and I hope you like it as much as we did.

Happy Grilling!!

Grilled Southwest Chicken

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 – 15 minutes


6 skinless/boneless split chicken breasts

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon Hickory smoke salt

¼ cup reduced fat sour cream

½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

2 tablespoon fresh cilantro – minced

1 cup salsa


  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, chili powder and hickory salt and rub a generous amount on each chicken breast.
  2. Heat indoor grill on high heat and spray with cooking spray and add chicken.  Grill 5 – 7 minutes on each side until cooked through.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine sour cream, cheese and cilantro and blend well.
  4. Spread a little of the cheese mixture on each chicken breast.  Spray a 9 X 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and arrange chicken breasts in the baking dish.
  5. Set oven to high broil and broil chicken for about 5 minutes or until cheese mixture is bubbly.
  6. Remove baking dish from oven, arrange chicken breasts on a serving platter and serve with salsa on the side.

Estimated Values:

Calories = 165                                              Fat = 4.5 grams

5 thoughts on “Southwest Inspiration…

  1. I want to try this recipe but I have 2 questions for you. One is it ok if i don’t use fresh cilantro and use dried instead? Second, what is hickory smoked salt and can i substitute that with something else or will that significantly change the taste?


    1. Hey,
      You can use dried cilantro but reduce the amount to about 1 teaspoon. Start off slow with dried spices, they are a lot more potent than fresh and can really alter the taste of the food. You can always add more if the flvor is not strong enough for you. “Hickory Smoke Salt” is a smoky died flavor spice, you can probably find a substitute in the grocery store. Look for a spice mixture that advertises a BBQ rub and check the ingredients oon the back. If the spice mentions a “smoke” flavor then it will work well as a substitute. Let me know if you have problems with finding a dried smoke flavor and I can check to see what other brands have something similar to the “Hickory Smoke Salt.”
      Be well,


  2. Dina this recipe turned out fantastic!! My room mates loved it! And they are very picky eaters! The Emeril chicken rub was a good replacement for the hickory smoked salt since i couldnt find that in the store. This recipe was also pretty easy to do considering i’m not really good at cooking. Thanks a lot Dina 🙂


    1. That’s Awesome!!! I think you are the first to try a recipe and am so glad that it was easy to follow and a success. I am also grateful that you gave the substitute idea and will share that with any recipe that includes Hickory Smoke Salt. Thanks!!
      Be Well,


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