Blackened Chicken – an easy blackened chicken recipe that is delicious on its own or in a salad or with alfredo sauce! An easy dish for a simple weeknight dinner!
The BEST Blackened Chicken Recipe
We absolutely love how easy this Blackened Chicken recipe is! You can make it right on the stove top in a skillet and in under 30 minutes you will have the most juicy chicken breasts that are packed with flavor! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner! You can serve it on its own with some delicious sides, toss it on a salad or on pasta with alfredo sauce or in these Blackened Salmon Tacos! The Blackened Seasoning brings so much great flavor and if you don’t want to cook it on the stove top you can simply cook your chicken breasts on the grill or smoker – totally up to you!
What You Will Need
- paprika: feel free to use a smoked paprika here if you want add even more depth to this spice.
- onion powder + garlic powder: these are classic flavors here and pair perfectly together.
- cayenne pepper + chipotle pepper: here is the spice! Use more cayenne pepper if you want to up that spice level even more.
- dried oregano leaves + dried thyme leaves: these are a bit more earthy and savory.
- kosher salt + ground black pepper: always gotta add a little salt and pepper!
- boneless skinless chicken breasts: you also have the option of using chicken thighs if that is more your thing.
- olive oil: helps you to rub in the delicious seasoning and prevents some sticking. You could use avocado oil or even ghee here!
What Is Blackened Chicken
You begin by mixing up a blackened seasoning that is similar to a cajun seasoning – both are quite spicy and flavorful with a combination of savory and spice. The chicken is coated in this seasoning and it is seared in a hot pan giving it a charred or blackened appearance on the outside.
Any leftover chicken can easily be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.
How To Make Blackened Chicken
First, begin by placing your chicken breasts on a cutting board, cover them with plastic wrap, and pound them down to 1/2 an inch thick with the smooth side of a meat tenderizer.
Then, mix up the blackened seasoning.
Now you can pat the chicken dry and coat it completely with the blackened seasoning.
And drizzle some olive oil on top.
Rub in the olive oil.
And then sear them in a hot cast iron skillet for about 2-4 minutes on each side. Option to keep cooking on the stove top or move them into the oven at 400 degrees F for 10-20 minutes. Once their internal temp reaches 165 they are done.
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Blackened Chicken – an easy and simple blackened chicken recipe that is delicious on its own or in a salad or with alfredo sauce!
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper*
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2–3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- Place chicken on a cutting board and wrap with plastic wrap.
- Use flat side of meat tenderizer to flatten chicken until it is approximately 1/2 inch thick.
- Place chicken on a large plate or platter.
- Combine Blackened Seasoning ingredients in a small bowl.
- Pat chicken dry with clean paper towel. Rub Blackened Seasoning all over. Drizzle seasoned chicken with olive oil and rub all over.
- Bring a large cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Add a teaspoon or two of olive oil and swirl to coat the pan.
- Place chicken in cast iron skillet and sear both sides 2-4 minutes. Continue cooking in the cast iron skillet (continuing to flip every 2-4 minutes) until fully cooked OR place the cast iron skillet in a 400 degree F. oven (middle rack) for 10-20 minutes or until fully cooked.
- Place chicken on a plate and let rest 5-10 minutes before cutting.
- Spice level: feel free to omit or reduce the cayenne pepper if you want to lower the spice level.
- Fully cooked: chicken is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temp of 165 degrees F. – use an internal meat thermometer to keep track.
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