You are going to love the Best Blackened Chicken Recipe. Get dinner on the table in under 15 minutes from start to finish. This recipe is quick and easy.

5 pieces of blackened chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet with sliced limes in the pan.

Best Blackened Chicken Recipe

This recipe is so versatile. You can cook it on a grill pan, or a cast iron skillet, or you can cook this on the grill. It is really easy to make work for any day of the week.

Plus dinner on the table in under 15 minutes is pretty awesome. That is why this recipe is the perfect dinner idea.

5 pieces of blackened chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet with sliced limes in the pan.

What is blackened chicken?

You probably hear this term a lot or see it on menu’s when dining out. But what exactly does it mean? It’s a technique to cook food that consists of lots of different seasoning and then cooked on high heat.

\Traditionally you cook the chicken in a cast iron, because traditional non stick pans cannot handle the high heat.

Homemade blackened chicken seasoning

We love to make Homemade Blackened Seasoning Recipe. It has lots of delicious seasonings that include: smoked paprika, garlic salt, parsley, black pepper, onion powder (or granules), cayenne pepper and oregano.

It is so easy to make Blackened seasoning. You only need a few minutes to put this together. I love knowing exactly what is in the seasoning blend and no extra or hidden ingredients.

However, it is very important that you use a good blackened chicken seasoning (also called cajun seasoning), because you will not get the look or the taste of blackened chicken without these specific spice blends.

Ingredients to make Blackened Chicken: Chicken Breasts, Blackened Seasoning and oil

Ingredients for blackened chicken breast

  • boneless skinless Chicken breasts
  • A Blackening spice  
  • Non stick spray

How to make blackened chicken

First, take the chicken and filet it or pound it flat. This will help it cook evenly.

Second, put the chicken on a plate and rub the meat with vegetable oil on both sides of the chicken breasts.

A photo showing the basting brush brushing the oil on a chicken breast on a white plate

Next, put the homemade blackened seasoning all over the chicken and make sure you spread it all over both sides. You can add as much as you prefer.

Just keep in mind the more you use, the spicier it will be. If you prefer less heat, reduce the amount of seasoning on the chicken.

You will want to brush or rub the seasoning (instead of just sprinkle it one) to insure that the spices are going to stay when you cook it. This is important so you get that nice seasoning crust on your chicken.

A photo showing the basting brush brushing the seasoning on a chicken breast on a white plate

Finally, get your grill ready or heat up a cast iron skillet so it is hot. Coat the pan with the remaining vegetable oil all over the bottom of the pan.

Add the chicken to the hot pan and cook on medium high heat. It does not take long per side so don’t walk away. Now, it will vary based on the size of your chicken but typically the cooking time is about 5 minutes per side.

Dip the meat in the blackened seasoning and cook in a cast iron skillet. Typically chicken or fish is the meat of choice to blacken.

It is important that you do not move the chicken so the outside will get that gorgeous blackened crust. Flip and cook the chicken on both sides. Make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F.

It is that easy and quick! Allow the chicken to rest a few minutes, and then serve with your favorite sides.

It is that simple to make a restaurant quality meal.

1 Blackened Chicken Breasts on a black plate with a salad next to it

Side ideas for Blackened chicken:

Turn this easy Blackened Chicken Recipe into a complete meal ready in under 15 minutes. Here are 5 recipes that you could serve with this Blackened Chicken Recipe to complete the meal.

You are going to love the Best Blackened Chicken Recipe. Get dinner on the table in under 15 minutes from start to finish. So easy!

Make Blackened Chicken Salad

Salad for dinner is always a great idea for a quick and easy dinner idea. This blackened grilled chicken served over a plate of romaine lettuce and tomatoes makes for a delicious dinner or lunch idea.

Add an assortment of other toppings that you like.

Some ideas to add to your salad include: croutons, shredded cheese, green onion, broccoli, avocado and more!

Multiple blackened chicken breasts on a black plate with lime slices on the plate as well.

Grilled blackened chicken recipe is one of our favorite meals! 

It’s so easy and inexpensive to make blackened chicken rub. Give this a try and let us know how it turns out for you.

Now that I know how easy it is to make at home, I can’t believe those restaurant prices. Save time and money by making this easy grilled blackened chicken at home.

We love it so much that we make extras to enjoy for lunch during the week.

1 blackened chicken breast on a black plate next to a side salad.

Blackened chicken is so easy to make!

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The Best Blackened Chicken Recipe

4.72 from 7 votes
This is the best blackened chicken recipe.This quick and easy blackened chicken recipe is ready in 10 minutes making baked blackened chicken a quick dinner.
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Grilling, Main Course
Calories 169
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tbsp blackening seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil (divided)

Instructions

  • Filet the chicken or pound out flat so that it will cook more evenly.
  • Place the chicken on a plate. Rub 1 Tbsp of the vegetable oil onto both side of the chicken breasts.
  • Spoon the homemade blackened seasoning over the chicken and spread around onto the chicken (on both sides). I use ½ tablespoon per piece of chicken (adjust based on your preference). The more you use, the spicier it will be and the less you use the milder it will be.
  • Heat up a cast iron skillet so it is hot and spread the remaining vegetable oil onto the bottom of the pan.
  • Place the chicken on the hot cast iron pan and let it cook for 5-6 minutes. Time it and don’t move the chicken, so it can get that beautiful blackened crust on it.
  • Flip and cook another 5-6 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F.
  • Remove and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 169kcal, Protein 24g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 72mg, Sodium 664mg, Potassium 418mg, Vitamin A 34IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 6mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 4 stars
    Wonderful recipe! I will cut the salt in half next time, but the Family and I loved it! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    My son was craving Blackened Chicken but did not like the seasoning I had used previously. I found and made this recipe and it was a winner! He especially liked the balance of spices and level saltiness.