Easy Blackened Chicken

This easy Blackened Chicken recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners, and ready in 30 minutes. It can be paired on its own with your favorite sauce, or added to a variety of dishes ranging from salads to tacos.

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Easy recipes are a must this time of year. I’m talking about recipes that use pantry staples, have a short cooking time and something my whole family will love. An easy chicken recipe is usually the ticket, and this best blackened chicken recipe is one of my favorites.

Using blackening spices and an easy cooking technique, this blackened chicken breast recipe is sure to be a winner at your house. Serve with your favorite sides for a complete meal.

What is Blackened?

Blackened refers to a type of cooking method associated with Cajun cuisine. The method consists of dipping the chicken in butter then coating it with blackened seasoning.

Next, you add the chicken to a skillet and “blacken” giving it a similar effect to charring meat on a grill. The end result is a crisp outside that appears golden-brown to almost black in color.

Blackened Seasoning combines a number of different herbs, pepper and spices and is a cross between Cajun and Creole Seasoning.

While bold in flavor I consider the spice level more of a mild to medium, but can be made more spicy with the addition of more cayenne pepper. It can be used on blackened shrimp, other fish and generally any protein or veggie.

blackened chicken in a skillet

Ingredients

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – I find that this is the best cut, however, check the section below for more options of chicken pieces you can use.
  • Unsalted butter – I always prefer using unsalted butter so that I can control the amount of salt in a recipe. This helps to coat the outside of the chicken so that the blend of spices sticks to it.
  • Olive oil – We use this for coating the hot skillet. Alternatively you can use vegetable oil or cooking spray if you’d like to.
  • Spice mixture – Sometimes you can find a blackened seasoning blend already made up at the grocery store. But if you’d like to make your own, you will need: coarse sea salt, dried oregano, dried thyme leaves, ground black pepper, white pepper, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika and garlic powder.
angled shot of blackened chicken on plate with lettuce

How to Make Blackened Chicken

  1. To blacken chicken breasts start with your seasoning. Combine all the spices into a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside. Place your butter in a microwavable safe bowl and warm until melted, about 1 minute.
  2. Dip each chicken breast in melted butter, then pat all sides of your chicken with your blackened seasoning until evenly coated.
  3. After your chicken is seasoned, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil (or oil of choice) to the pan once warm. Let the oil warm up until it is shimmering. This will help all the seasoning crisp on the chicken. 
  4. Once your oil is warm add your chicken breasts to the hot pan or cast-iron skillet and cook 3 minutes per side until they are crisp and develop a nice golden brown color.
  5. Brown both sides of the chicken, place the chicken on an oven safe baking pan and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. You want the chicken to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. 
  6. Once the chicken has cooked through remove from the pan and serve warm with desired recipe, sauce or garnish.

Pro Tip: If you have an oven safe skillet, use that for this blackened chicken recipe. This allows you to put the skillet directly into the oven after browning the chicken, instead of transferring the chicken to a different pan. Saves you a dish and less mess.

Chicken Cut Options

Personally, I prefer using boneless skinless chicken breasts for this easy blackened chicken recipe. I feel like it is the most versatile and can be added to a number of different recipes.

If you prefer, you can use virtually any cut of chicken and blacken it. But be aware the cook time and method will vary on the cut.

Some additional cuts of chicken to try and blacken are: 

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Blackened Chicken Serving Suggestions

Blackened Chicken is perfect on its own with your favorite sauce and side of choice. That being said, it makes a wonderful addition to a number of dishes making it versatile and great for meal prep. 

Some great ways to use blackened chicken include:

  • In Pasta: Personally, I like to stick with a creamy garlic, white or alfredo sauce flavor profile. This compliments the spices on the chicken and lets it shine.
  • In a Salad: This is one of my favorite ways to incorporate leftover blackened chicken. I add it over some fresh greens (romaine, green leaf lettuce or some spinach work) and add things like fresh tomatoes, red onion, and shredded cheese. Some dressings to try with your salad could be an avocado ranch dressing, a spicy mustard based dressing or some creamy balsamic dressing.
  • In Tacos: I mean, come on you can never go wrong with a tasty chicken taco. Add the cooked blacked chicken into some warm tortillas and top with a fresh fruit salsa, or spicy red salsa for a tasty combo.
  • As a Sandwich: Another simple way to incorporate this blackened chicken recipe into a full meal is making it into a sandwich. I like to slice my chicken breasts in half then add each half to a warm bun and top with sliced avocado, lettuce, tomato and my favorite sauce. Garlic aioli is a nice addition.
close up angled shot of blackened chicken on plate with lettuce

Sauces to Serve Blackened Chicken With

If enjoying this chicken on its own I definitely recommend you pair it with some of your favorite sauce. Some great sauces to try with blackened chicken that will compliment the flavor include:

Storage and Freezing

Storage: You can store any leftover blackened chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Freezing: This chicken also freezes well. Store cooked chicken in an airtight container or freezer bag and it will keep for up to three months.

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blackened chicken in a skillet

Blackened Chicken

5 from 18 votes
This EASY Blackened Chicken recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners, and ready in 30 minutes. It can be paired on its own with your favorite sauce, or added to a variety of dishes ranging from salads to tacos.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Blackened Seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. While the oven is preheating, combine all of the blackened seasoning ingredients into a small prep bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Next, add your butter to a microwavable safe bowl and warm for 30-60 seconds or until melted.
  • Dredge each chicken breast into the melted butter, then coat all sides with the prepared blackened seasoning. Repeat until all the chicken is dredged and coated.
  • Heat a large skillet (cast iron or stainless steel work best) over medium heat. Once the skillet is warm add in your oil. Once your oil is warm and shimming add in each chicken breast and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until the outside develops a golden-brown blackened color.
  • Once both sides are blacked, place your skillet directly into the oven (only if it is oven safe, see notes) and cook the chicken for 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through remove from the skillet and enjoy warm on its own with your favorite sauce, or added into your recipe of choice.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

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Notes

Skillet Note: I prefer to use a cast iron or stainless steel skillet so I can put it directly into the oven without having to transfer the chicken. If you do not have a skillet that is oven safe, you will need to transfer the chicken to a baking pan after blackening it in the skillet.

Nutrition

Calories: 432 kcal, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Protein: 24 g, Fat: 37 g, Saturated Fat: 17 g, Cholesterol: 133 mg, Sodium: 571 mg, Potassium: 418 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 980 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 20 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Caitlyn Erhardt
Calories: 432
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Creole
Keyword: blackened chicken
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Jessica Formicola in her ktichen

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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Love this! I’ve made it 3 times since I found the recipe a couple of weeks ago. It’s super easy and no-fail. And the leftovers taste fantastic on salads!

    1. 5 stars
      Woohoo! Thanks for coming over to let us know! It’s one of my favorites too and use this same seasoning on fish.

  2. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! It is so simple and perfect for any night of the week. I love serving this with veggies or a top on a salad!

  3. Thanks for the simple explanation what blackened chicken was. The seasoning looks simple so I can now easily make it at home.

  4. 5 stars
    I found this recipe whilst looking for interesting chicken to add to a burrito bowl – absolutely perfect – the flavours sound great and the chicken looks so delicious with those flavours cooked on.