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Blackened Chicken Recipe
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Blackened Chicken Recipe

This blackened chicken recipe is what spicy food lovers crave, made with tender chicken seasoned with piquant blackening seasoning, then seared in butter. Ready in 10 minutes or less!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackened, cajun, chicken, chicken breast, spicy
Servings: 2
Calories: 511kcal



  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika or use regular paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder use more for a spicier blend
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme


  • 2 chicken breasts 6 ounces each, skinless (or use chicken thighs)
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • Juice from ½ a lemon

FOR GARNISH: Sliced jalapenos or serrano peppers, fresh chopped parsley, spicy chili flakes


    • Mix all of the blackening spices together in a small bowl. Make sure it is blended evenly.
    • Brush one side of each chicken breast (or thigh) generously with melted butter.
    • Generously spoon on the blackening seasoning.
    • Heat a large cast iron skillet to high heat and add the chicken, buttery-seasoned side down.
    • Cook 3-5 minutes to blacken.
    • Brush or drizzle on the remaining butter, then generously add more seasoning.
    • Flip the chicken and cook another 2-3 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. It should measure 165 degrees F. internally when measured with a meat thermometer.
    • IF DESIRED: Just after you flip the chicken, add some sliced jalapeno peppers or serrano peppers to the pan for extra heat and for serving with the chicken.
    • Squeeze on lemon juice. Garnish with sliced peppers, fresh chopped parsley, spicy chili flakes and serve!



    Store any extra blackening seasoning in airtight containers and use as needed.


    Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 1637mg | Potassium: 1099mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5265IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg