Blackened Chicken Recipe

Blackened Chicken


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp (kosher) salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • x tsp any other spice you'd like to add
  • Oil to coat pan

How to make Blackened Chicken

A pretty spicy alternative to your weeknight chicken dish. I've also used smaller chicken strips/tenders to make more of an appetizer out of this. I took a traditional blackened spice mix and added a bit of curry powder and cinnamon to create more depth of flavor. Starting it in a really hot pan then finishing it in the oven produced a nice crisp outer crust while not completely drying out the chicken.

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F

  2. Prep the boneless, skinless chicken breasts so they are clean and ready to go, cut to the desired serving size

  3. In a bowl mix together all of the dry seasonings and set aside.

  4. Pre-heat frying pan. Let it get really hot!

  5. Before placing chicken in the pan, season one side with spice blend. Rub well into chicken.

  6. Place chicken SEASONED-SIDE DOWN into pan. If you'd like to season the other side do so now. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the side begins to blacken. Flip and cook other side for 2-3 minutes

  7. Transfer to oven to finish off until done.

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