Blackened Chicken

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This blackened chicken recipe is made with a blend of savory spices, dried herbs, and just a touch of heat. It’s pan-fried to perfection for a delicous meal.

It’s delicious, healthy, and can be enjoyed on its own or over a salad.

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  • This blackened chicken recipe uses a homemade seasoning blend that is packed with flavor. You can adjust the salt and the heat to your preference.
  • It’s easy to pan-fry and cook in minutes with a flavorful blackened crust.
  • Serve it right out of the pan or slice it and enjoy over salad or pasta. This recipe also makes a great blackened chicken sandwich with a slice of cheddar and some coleslaw.
  • Double up on the blackened rub seasoning it’s great on fish, burgers, or meatballs.
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Ingredients for Blackened Chicken

Chicken Use large boneless, skinless chicken breasts or skinless chicken thighs. Pat them dry to ensure the blackened seasoning adheres properly, and they crisp nicely. Chicken cutlets can also be used in this recipe.

Blackened Seasoning — Flavorful spices like paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic, and onion powder create the base, while cayenne and chili powder add a kick. Feel free to adjust the seasonings (this spice blend can be made low-sodium if needed). For a milder version, replace the cayenne with black pepper.

Sugar Brown sugar helps the blackened seasoning glaze onto the chicken, but you can use maple syrup or honey. Even a sugar-free sweetener like Monk fruit or Stevia in place of sugar will work!

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How to Make Blackened Chicken

  1. Prepare the blackened seasoning mix and set aside, as per the recipe below.
  2. Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally and rub the seasoning over both sides of the pieces.
  3. Pan-fry chicken in oil on medium heat until blackened and cooked through.
  4. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions

  • Chop or slice the chicken and add it to a salad – it’s great on cobb salad.
  • Slice after cooking to make tacos, top with cabbage and pineapple salsa.
  • Make a blackened chicken sandwich in a hamburger bun with a slice of cheddar and a scoop of slaw.
  • Serve it with a side of green beans or broccoli. For starch, we love to pair it with roasted sweet potatoes.
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Leftover Chicken?

Keep leftover blackened chicken in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze cooled portions in zippered bags for up to one month.

Ways to Use Blackened Chicken

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Blackened Chicken

Blackened chicken is seasoned with a bold blend of spices and pan-fried until charred and crispy on the outside.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 4

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Blackened Seasoning

  • In a small bowl, combine the spice mixture. Set aside.

  • Cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally to create 4 thinner chicken fillets.

  • Rub the blackened seasoning over both sides of the chicken.

  • Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat.

  • Once hot, add the chicken and cook for about 4-6 minutes per side or until blackened and cooked through.

You can use a premade blackened seasoning if you prefer. Premade seasonings tend to be saltier. 
Cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
To bake in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Prepare the chicken as directed and rub it with oil and then the seasoning.
  3. Place the chicken in a baking dish and bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until cooked through. 

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Calories: 235 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 786IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Dinner
Cuisine American
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