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Clean Eating Southwest Pan Seared Chicken and Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins recipe

Hi Y’all! hope everyone had an awesome beginning of their week. I had been meaning to try out a new recipe, so I had some friends over for dinner Monday. I decided to tweak my mom’s version of the chicken (she usually bakes it and it turns out a tad bland) along with add a delicious (and clean!) side I came up with to her already wonderfully healthy entrée. After a hectic 45 minutes of throwing stuff together, I nervously brought the finished product to the table. It was either going to taste really awful or really awesome, fingers crossed! But before I knew it, the food was devoured! And yes, it was VERY tasty. So I figured I would go ahead and provide all of you with two more recipes! I have a few pictures this time, still trying to get this blogging thing figured out!

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Southwest Pan Seared Chicken with Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Southwest Pan Seared Chicken
                     with black beans, salsa, sour cream, and cheese


  • 4 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts

for serving with chicken

  • 1 can of black beans, heated per instructions (add spices as desired, I used a bit of cumin, onion, and garlic powder)
  • Light sour cream
  • Salsa of choice
  • Cheddar cheese, freshly grated

for frying

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

for seasoning

  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder


  1. Whisk together your seasoning ingredients. Feel free to omit one of the seasonings I picked, change the proportions, or add something else. But do keep in mind that it needs to be a salt based rub!
  2. Add your oils to a large skillet and allow to heat up.
  3. While your pan is warming up, evenly coat both sides of each chicken breast to ensure that you get a nicely flavored and seared outside during the cooking process.
  4. Lie each breast flat on the skillet, starting with the end closest to you to ovoid getting splattered with hot oil (that’s the worst!). Try to avoid allowing the chicken to touch.
  5. Let the chicken cook for about 7 minutes. Resist the urge to check it until then, you need to leave it be so that a golden crust starts forming. Then flip the chicken to the other side and wait about another 7 minutes.
  6. Check your chicken to make sure it doesn’t need any extra time. You can do this either by using a meat thermometer or cutting the largest breast open at the center to make sure there is no pink or questionable juices. If using a thermometer, your largest breast’s center should be at 165 F.
  7. When the chicken is finished cooking, serve immediately with the spiced black beans, light sour cream, salsa, and cheddar cheese.
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chicken breast seasoned and seared

 Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins                                                                                                                                                               with Brummel and Brown yogurt butter and organic honey


  • ¼  cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of clean non-dairy buttermilk (1 tbsp lemon juice, add almond milk to lemon juice so that you have 1 cup of liquid total. Let sit at room temp for 5-10 minutes)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup flax-seed meal
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated

for serving

  • Brummel and Brown yogurt butter
  • organic honey


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Coat the inside of each muffin cup in the pan with a little olive oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together coconut oil and applesauce. Then add in the brown sugar in honey and whisk. Add jalapenos and whisk. Finally, add eggs and buttermilk and whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flax-seed meal, whole wheat flour, salt, and baking soda. Then add cheddar cheese and toss so that cheese is evenly distributed.
  4. Combine both wet and dry ingredients so they are just combined, do not over-mix. Lumps are ok! Evenly distribute mixture to each muffin cup in the pan. (Note: you may find that you end up with a little leftover.) Bake for 15 minutes or until you can poke the center with a toothpick and it comes out clean. Serve warm with butter and honey!
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Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins