Zesty (but not too spicy), crisp and juicy, this Blackened Chicken is a delicious and easy dinner that's ready in about 20 minutes!
Servings 2 people
- 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon cayenne (omit or decrease for a mild flavor)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb. total)
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- Vegetable oil
- Optional for serving: lemon wedges and fresh chopped herbs such as thyme, oregano, or parsley
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix together cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Place melted butter in a separate shallow bowl.
Pat chicken dry. Dip chicken in melted butter, and then coat evenly with the spice mixture on both sides.
Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes until it is smoking hot. Add about 1 tablespoon of oil (to coat the skillet). Add chicken to the hot oil and sear for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (about 6-8 more minutes).
- This recipe is designed for 2 chicken breasts. If you're feeding a larger family, you can easily double the ingredients to make twice as much seasoning and use 4 chicken breasts. Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to cook the chicken in batches so that you don't overcrowd the pan.
- Blackened Chicken Tenders, Wings or Thighs: Use the same process with the butter and seasoning on other pieces of chicken, including tenders, wings and thighs. The tenders will cook faster than a large chicken breast, so they might not need to go in the oven at all (they can just cook through in the skillet).
- How to Grill Blackened Chicken: You can use the same seasoning to grill the chicken instead of cooking it in a cast iron skillet. Follow the recipe instructions to dip the chicken in butter and then coat with seasoning. Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill over medium-high heat. Coat grill with about a teaspoon of oil so that the chicken doesn’t stick. Grill chicken on each side until golden, crispy and cooked through (about 5 minutes per side for small, thin chicken breasts or up to 10-12 minutes per side for larger, thick chicken breasts). The meat is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your chicken. A meat thermometer is the best way to know when your chicken is done. It needs to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 359.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.5g | Protein: 52.6g | Fat: 14.7g | Saturated Fat: 8.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.2g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 510.8mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.1g