Blackened Chicken Recipe

Blackened Chicken is a flavorful and popular dish that originated in Louisiana. It features tender chicken breasts coated in a blend of spices, typically including paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and thyme. The chicken is then cooked in a hot cast-iron skillet until the spices create a delicious crust with a slightly smoky flavor. Blackened Chicken can be enjoyed on its own, served with a side of vegetables or rice, or used as a filling in tacos or sandwiches. This versatile and mouthwatering dish is perfect for those who love a bit of heat and a lot of flavors.

Recipe for Blackened Chicken

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Cooking spray

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Pat dry the chicken breasts with paper towels and then brush them with melted butter.
  3. Generously sprinkle the spice mixture over both sides of each chicken breast, pressing it into the meat to adhere.
  4. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and lightly coat it with cooking spray.
  5. Place the chicken breasts in the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through and blackened.
  6. Remove the chicken from the skillet and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing or serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 285
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 120mg
  • Sodium: 718mg
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 39g