Blackened Chicken Easy Recipe 2021

Blackened Chicken Easy Recipe

Blackened Chicken Easy Recipe 2021

Blackened Chicken is a hearty, protein-rich dish that is flavorful and easy to make. Pair it with salads and casseroles for a balanced meal!

This one-skillet Easy Blackened Chicken is just the ticket for those who like their chicken flavorful yet tender and juicy. This Cajun recipe is simple enough for the novice chef and is ready in about 20 minutes.

This makes a great dinner meal when paired with vegetables and fruits.

What is blackened chicken?

It is a dish originally made with butter and Cajun spices to coat the meat and then, seared in a hot skillet.

In the process, the coating browns and the spices get charred, giving the white meat an enticing brown-black color. It can be eaten as is, or it can be incorporated in salads and wraps.

What to serve with blackened chicken?

As mentioned, it is best served with vegetables and fruits for a well-balanced meal. For summer, and since this dish is perfect for barbecue parties, it is nice to have refreshing sides like this creamy cucumber salad.

Leftovers can be used for pasta dishes, salads, or wraps.

Is blackened chicken healthy?

Chicken breast is the leanest part of the bird and it contains relatively little fat, and we used the boneless and skinless type. One 8-oz serving is about 224 calories, high in protein, and low in carbohydrates. If you are on a keto diet, this recipe is perfect for you.

How to make blackened chicken wings?

If you are curious to know if you can use dark meat in this recipe, the answer is yes. Just substitute your desired poultry parts, you can even use thighs. This recipe is versatile like that.

How to prevent the chicken from drying out?

Breasts have so little fats in them, which makes them dry out faster compared to thighs and other fatty parts. The key here is to not overcook the white meat, or else, you are risking the minimal amount of moisture in it to go out.

How to store Blackened Chicken?

You can refrigerate the cooked meat once it has cooled completely in airtight, single-portion containers and it will keep for up to three days. Also, feel free to reheat is as needed. Just ensure to reheat it up to the internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

HOW DO YOU MAKE BLACKENED CHICKEN?

First mix all your spices together in a bowl or shake them up in a sandwich bag.  Then brush your chicken with a little vegetable oil or canola oil.  Alternatively you can spray it with cooking spray. Now sprinkle both sides of each chicken breast with the spices.  Use your hands to evenly spread the seasonings over the chicken.

Now heat a little bit of canola or vegetabe oil in a nonstick skillet over medium to medium high heat until it is smoking. Cook until the chicken is golden brown (almost black) on both sides and cooked through.  Remove from the skillet and cover with a loose aluminum foil tent and let rest for 10 minutes.

HOW DO YOU MAKE BLACKENED SEASONING?

It really is amazingly simple and odds are pretty good that you already have these spices in your pantry. Simply grab a small bowl or better yet a seal-able sandwich bag and mix the spices together.  These quantities are enough for this recipe but feel free to double, triple or quadruple this recipe for future use. Just store in an airtight container at room temperature.

  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (this is the hot one so you can tame it back if need be)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

HELPFUL TIPS FOR MAKING BLACKENED CHICKEN

  • Use a Ziploc sandwich bag to mix your spices.  You can shake it to combine the spices and throw away the bag when you are done. Happiness equals no extra bowl and spoon to wash.
  • These days chicken breasts are just huge so slice them in half lengthwise. They will still be a healthy portion and they cook more evenly.
  • Let the chicken breasts come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the pan just until the oil begins to smoke.  Add the chicken and sear in those juices and spices.  Cook until the chicken is cooked through and browned.
  • After cooking cover the chicken loosely with an aluminum foil tent and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

What is blackened seasoning made of?

Combine the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, and oregano in a bowl until evenly mixed. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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Is blackened chicken bad for you?

The blackened areas on charred and grilled flesh foods (meat, poultry, fish) are a source of carcinogenic chemicals. This chemical directly damage DNA, our genetic material, and initiate mutations that can lead to the development of cancer.

What is the difference between Cajun and blackened?

Cajun tends to be spicier, Creole includes a blend of herbs and Blackened seasoning tends to fall somewhere in between.

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Blackened Chicken

It is a dish originally made with butter and Cajun spices to coat the meat and then, seared in a hot skillet.

  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ⅛ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Dried Thyme
  • ⅛ tsp Ground White Pepper
  • ⅛  tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes until it is smoking hot.

  2. Mix together the paprika, salt, cayenne, cumin, thyme, white pepper, and onion powder. Oil the chicken breasts with cooking spray on both sides, then coat the chicken breasts evenly with the spice mixture.

  3. Place the chicken in the hot pan, and cook for 1 minute. Turn, and cook 1 minute on other side. Place the breasts on the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes.

  • Use a Ziploc sandwich bag to mix your spices.  You can shake it to combine the spices and throw away the bag when you are done. Happiness equals no extra bowl and spoon to wash.
  • These days chicken breasts are just huge so slice them in half lengthwise. They will still be a healthy portion and they cook more evenly.
  • Let the chicken breasts come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the pan just until the oil begins to smoke.  Add the chicken and sear in those juices and spices.  Cook until the chicken is cooked through and browned.
  • After cooking cover the chicken loosely with an aluminum foil tent and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

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