Cumin Coated Chicken Breast

Cumin Chicken

  1. Chicken Breast – 1 (200 grams)
  2. Pepper Whole – 1 tablespoon
  3. Cumin Whole – 1 tablespoon
  4. Red Onion – 1 Medium
  5. Tomato – 1 Medium or 4-5 Cherry Tomatoes
  6. Salt – to taste
  7. Olive oil 1 tsp / Spray
  8. Corn Starch / Rice Flour – 1 teaspoon (For Sauce if required)
  9. Garlic 5 whole cloves


  1. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast cumin and pepper, spread on a plate to cool. Throw the toasted seeds into a mortar and pound away (This is the best part about the recipe!)
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Skip step if pan roasting.
  3. Pat dry your chicken breast and stare at it adoringly before brushing it lightly with olive oil / spray and coating with the ground powder and salt (A pastry brush works well. Remember you want to use only 1 tsp and cover both sides)
  4. Cut a red onion in quarters and peel off the layers (Rings would do too), Quarter your tomato. If using Cherry tomatoes, poke at them with a fork or score them or simply skip this step.
  5. Pack Onion, Tomatoes and Chicken in aluminium foil and place it on a baking tray and into the preheated oven – 20 mins at 450 degrees or 30 mins at 350 degrees. If pan roasting, coat pan with oil or cooking spray – place chicken breast and veggies – Cover with lid and leave on medium heat for 10 mins without being a peeping Tom – flip chicken over and cover for another 10 mins – No peeking!
  6. When chicken is done, let it rest on a covered plate with its juices for 10 minutes before slicing.


Sauce – Optional:

Transfer juices from chicken, some garlic (throw the rest away or just eat the deliciously caramelised cloves!), and onion onto a skillet and reduce on medium heat. Add rice flour / corn starch to thicken if required. Drizzle over chicken before serving.

Nutrition - Calculation credit myfitnesspal

Nutrition – Calculation credit myfitnesspal


Serve with low fat yogurt / simple cucumber salad and greens


  1. Forgot to take pics after chicken was removed from oven <imagine facepalm smiley here>. However, I shall ask one of the monsters to review the dish.
  2. Jose and I will take better pictures going forward.