Ancho Rubbed Chicken

  • Yield: 4 servings


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