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Plate of blackened chicken with asparagus.

Blackened Chicken Recipe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Blackened Chicken – an easy and simple blackened chicken recipe that is delicious on its own or in a salad or with alfredo sauce!



Blackened Seasoning:

  • 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
  • 23 tablespoons olive oil, divided


  1. Place chicken on a cutting board and wrap with plastic wrap. 
  2. Use flat side of meat tenderizer to flatten chicken until it is approximately 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Place chicken on a large plate or platter. 
  4. Combine Blackened Seasoning ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Pat chicken dry with clean paper towel. Rub Blackened Seasoning all over. Drizzle seasoned chicken with olive oil and rub all over. 
  6. Bring a large cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Add a teaspoon or two of olive oil and swirl to coat the pan.  
  7. 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.
  8. 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.