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A pan of blackened chicken breasts garnished with fresh parsley.

Blackened Chicken

This blackened chicken is chicken breasts coated in butter and a homemade seasoning blend, then seared to create a dark crust. The most delicious and flavorful chicken that can be enjoyed on its own or added to other dishes such as salads and pasta.
Course Main
Cuisine Cajun
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 217kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 1 1/4 lbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped


  • Place the smoked paprika, sweet paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, thyme, oregano, basil and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Brush the melted butter all over both sides of the chicken. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over both sides of the chicken, using your hands to press the spices into the meat.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Brush the skillet with vegetable oil. Place the chicken in the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until a dark brown crust forms.
  • Place the pan in the oven. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the pan from the oven. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.



Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1081mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1787IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg