Spicy Coriander-Cumin Chicken Thighs

Toasting whole ancho chile pieces with coriander, cumin and fennel seeds before grinding with a little lime zest makes a fragrant and flavorful spice blend for the chicken here.

Spicy Coriander-Cumin Chicken Thighs
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • ½ ounce dried ancho chiles (about 1 1/2 peppers)

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • ¾ teaspoon fennel seeds

  • ¾ teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • 1 ½ tablespoons grated lime zest

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Stem, seed and chop chiles. Transfer the peppers to a large cast-iron skillet with coriander, cumin, fennel seeds and peppercorns and cook over medium-high heat, shaking frequently so they don't burn, until fragrant, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Add lime zest and salt, then grind into a coarse powder. Rub the spice mixture on chicken.

  2. Heat oil in the pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the chicken and cook, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165°F, about 8 minutes.


Spice grinder or mortar & pestle

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
12g Fat
2g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Potassium 347mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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