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Blackened Cajun Chicken

You will absolutely love this Blackened Chicken Recipe.

Quick, easy, and totally delicious and can be on the table in 15 minutes, now that can't be bad, can it? You can also serve blackened chicken with pasta.

Blackened Cajun Chicken
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Homemade Blackened Seasoning

The best thing about this Homemade Blackened Seasoning Recipe is you can make it more, or less spicy to suit your taste.

Inspired by our local pub The Golden Ball Inn in Ironbridge, it was a long while since we'd had Blackened Chicken, my husband loves it and so at the weekend, I made it myself.

In any case, it was a good excuse to use my Ninja Health Grill and Air Fryer 😍 I love it so much, everyone should have one!  

Of course, you don't have to have one because Blackened Chicken can also be made in a cast-iron skillet or any good heavy-based pan.

Ninja Health Grill and Air Fryer

What Spice Ingredients are in this Recipe?

Lots of delicious seasonings - smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, onion granules, garlic granules, thyme, oregano, cumin, black pepper, white pepper, smoked sea salt and brown sugar.

Blackened Seasoning

Okay, it may sound like a lot but it takes less than 2 minutes to put them all in a jar and mix together.

Once you've made it you'll have it already made for next time. Stored in a jar it will last as long as the other dried herbs and spices you already have.

I love these small Kilner jars with an adjustable shaker lid, they make it easy to shake your spice mix when coating chicken or whatever you want to use it on; blackened salmon works well.

Homemade Blackening Seasoning

I love making homemade seasonings and knowing exactly what I've put in them without any unknown ingredients added. But if you prefer you can buy blackened seasoning ready-made.

Blackened Chicken

Start by flattening chicken fillets between cling film with something bashable!

It's important to brush each fillet all over with vegetable oil otherwise your spice seasoning won't stick.

Chicken Fillet with Cajun Seasoning

Shake the seasoning on both sides of the fillets. The more you add the spicier your chicken will be and the more blackened it will be too - which really is the idea.

To cook in a cast-iron skillet heat the pan so it's nice and hot. Brush a tiny amount of oil all over the bottom of the pan.

Timing depends on the thickness of your chicken but they will usually take just 5 minutes on each side.

Don't move them about while cooking and aim to only turn them once.

Using a digital food thermometer, aim for an internal temperature of 72C and then remove and REST the chicken. It will continue to get hotter and resting will ensure your chicken isn't dry.

It really is simple to create a restaurant quality meal in next to no time!

Cooking in the Ninja Grill and AirFryer

If you happen to have the Ninja Grill be sure to have the Grill Plate in place and set to Grill High and preheat (it will take 8 minutes) then it will tell you to Add Food.

Add the chicken best side down and turn after 5 minutes. Continue to cook for a further 4 minutes and then check the internal temperature.

Using a digital food thermometer, aim for 72C and then remove and REST the chicken. It will continue to get hotter and resting will ensure your chicken isn't dry.

Blackend Chicken Recipe

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Yield: 2
Author: Jan Bennett
Blackened Cajun Chicken

Blackened Cajun Chicken

You can add more or less cayenne to suit your taste. This recipe is a little on the spicy side. The seasoning will be enough to coat approx 6-8 fillets depending on their size.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion granules
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons soft brown sugar
For the chicken
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 x skinless chicken fillets

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the spices together and store them in a jar.
To make the chicken
  1. Start by flattening chicken fillets between cling film with something bashable!
  2. It's important to brush each fillet all over with vegetable oil otherwise your spice seasoning won't stick.
  3. Shake the seasoning on both sides of the fillets. The more you add the spicier your chicken will be and the more blackened it will be too - which really is the idea.
  4. To cook in a cast-iron skillet heat the pan so it's nice and hot. Brush a tiny amount of oil all over the bottom of the pan.
  5. Timing depends on the thickness of your chicken but they will usually take just 5 minutes on each side.
  6. Don't move them about while cooking and aim to only turn them once.
  7. Using a digital food thermometer, aim for an internal temperature of 72C and then remove and REST the chicken. 
  8. It will continue to get hotter and resting will ensure your chicken isn't dry.
  9. It really is simple to create a restaurant quality meal in next to no time!
Cooking in the Ninja Grill and AirFryer
  1. If you happen to have the Ninja Grill be sure to have the Grill Plate in place and set to Grill High and preheat (it will take 8 minutes) then it will tell you to Add Food.
  2. Add the chicken best side down, and turn after 5 minutes. Continue to cook for a further 4 minutes and then check the internal temperature.
  3. Using a digital food thermometer, aim for 72C and then remove and REST the chicken. It will continue to get hotter and resting will ensure your chicken isn't dry.
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