Cajun Blackened Chicken is a delicious, spicy, healthy, easy chicken dish that is a perfect recipe for Mardi Gras or anytime you want a quick, easy, healthy dinner.
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You are in for a treat! In this post, you will learn how to make a Cajun Blackened Chicken Recipe that will:
- Taste spicy and flavorful with the Cajun Blackened Seasoning and that your whole family will love.
- Pair well with two Cajun / Creole side dishes for a complete delicious Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday dinner.
- Have a quick and easy weeknight dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.
- Provide your family a healthy, nutritious entree that fits well into low fat, low carb, gluten-free, Keto, and Paleo diet plans.
- Use common, everyday ingredients that are most likely already in your refrigerator and pantry.
Who Created The Blackening Cooking Technique?
When To Serve Cajun Blackened Chicken
Cajun Blackened Chicken is so quick and easy to make as well as healthy, that you can make it any time you want a delicious dinner in a hurry. So it is perfect for weeknight meals.
However, it is an especially popular dish during Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday! The day before Ash Wednesday people party and enjoy foods and drink before fasting for Lent.
Cajun Blackened Chicken is the main course of our homemade Mardi Gras dinner. You have seen the recipes for the side dishes, Creole Greens Beans, and the Maque Choux. This spicy chicken dish rounds out the dinner. It is loaded with flavor but won’t break the calorie bank.
For dessert, I like to serve Bananas Foster Upside Down Cupcakes.
How Spicy is Cajun Blackened Chicken?
The chicken is spicy, moist, flavorful, and delicious. If you want to tone down the level of heat, it is easy to reduce or leave out the cayenne. This can be made on top of the stove in 30 minutes and will bring a smile to everyone’s face.
I like making the Blackened Seasoning mix myself because I can tweak to the level of heat I like and the level of saltiness (or no salt) and it will be just the way I like it! The Cajun Blackened Seasoning is perfect on chicken, but you could also use it on catfish, salmon, or shrimp as well.
What Can I Do With Leftover Cajun Blackened Chicken?
I love this recipe because it can also be used in so many other dishes, such as on:
Tips For Perfect Cajun Blackened Chicken
- I recommend using a cast iron skillet.
- Use quality spices for the Blackening Seasoning.
- I recommend making your own Cajun Blackening Seasoning Mix.
- Make sure the chicken breasts are completely thawed.
- Make sure the skillet is very hot before placing the chicken in the skillet.
If you like this recipe, you may also like my Baked Chicken Tenders with Honey Sriracha.
What will you serve with your Cajun Blackened Chicken? (Scroll down for the printable recipe.)
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Cajun Blackened Chicken
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 chicken breast halves boneless, skinless
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
In a small bowl, stir together the first 9 ingredients.
- Spray both sides of the chicken breasts with cooking spray.
- Then sprinkle the seasoning over both sides of each chicken breast.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts.
Cover and cook the chicken breasts for approximately seven to eight minutes on each side.
After the chicken has finished cooking, remove it from the heat and let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes.
For more ideas, try these Cajun recipes.
For another main dish, try my Cajun Blackened Catfish.
Or maybe you would prefer this Cajun Blackened Salmon.
To round out your Cajun meal for Fat Tuesday, try this yummy Maque Choux.
For a Cajun / Creole side dish try my Creole Green Beans.
For dessert, try my Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread Pudding.
Or you may like my Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding for dessert. Find out why it is my most popular recipe on the blog.
Another main dish you may like is my easy Baked Chicken Creole.
If you like this recipe, you may also like my Creamy Cajun Chicken Lasagna.
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