Ancho Rubbed Chicken

  • Yield 4 servings


4 -- (8-ounce) chicken breasts ( skin on )
2 tablespoons ancho powder
2 teaspoons paprika
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
10 whole cloves
2 cups veal or beef stock
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup spanish onion, sliced
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup ancho chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 -- lime, cut into 8 pieces


  1. Rub: 2 tablespoons Ancho powder, 2 teaspoons Paprika, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon caynne pepper.
  2. Chicken: Pat dry Rub with rub, roll in olive oil, re rub in rub. Wrap in plastic, chill 1 hour.
  3. Make Sauce: In a sauce pan:Finely grind cloves, add veal stock, water, onion, sugar, chili powder, coffee granules, Worchester sauce, caynne pepper and salt. Cook at med high heat for about 30 mins. reducing to 1 cup. Strain mix with fine sieve, pressing all stock.
  4. Return to sauce pan, bring to a simmer,  add butter. Take off heat.
  5. To Cook: Preheat oven to 400F. In a shallow pan, put in oven for about 10-12mins ( 160F internal temp ) Take out, allow to rest 5 mins.
  6. To Plate: Sauce on bottm, chicken on top.



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