Zesty Blackened Chicken

LAST UPDATED: Mar 02, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Jan 30, 2020 | By:

Blackened chicken is the perfect way to add a little spice to your dinner life! Enjoy this blackened chicken recipe over pasta, or alongside veggies or salads for a flavorful, healthy protein your family will love! 

Zesty blackened chicken on a white platter.

Today I’m spicing up your life in the best possible way. This easy blackened chicken recipe is seared on the stove top and then baked for a moist, delicious finish your family will crave!

I love bringing you easy, healthy chicken recipes that are loved by all. We eat a lot of chicken in this house! It’s an easy, healthful protein that serves beautifully with a variety of side dishes.

A few of my reader favorites are lemon chicken, easy baked chicken, piccata milanese, and so many more! I’ve also made a cajun chicken that is too flavorful for words!

Blackened chicken might scare some people off because it sounds spicy. But that doesn’t have to be the case at all! If you’re afraid of too much spice, you can make this dish as hot as you’d like – and if your kids are anything like mine, they’ll love this recipe too! 

What Does it Mean to Blacken Chicken? 

Originally, blackened chicken was created with a base of melted butter and covered in a coating of herbs and spices. This creates the dark brown (blackened) color that is traditionally considered the process of blackening.

While butter adds a delicious layer of extra flavor (and it’s included in this recipe), you can choose olive oil instead. If you’re looking to lighten up on calories, you can even use a cooking spray – it just depends on how light or rich you’d like for your blackened chicken recipe to be.

Close-up shot of sliced blackened chicken breasts, covered in seasoning.
Zesty blackened chicken on a white platter.

I like to give a lot of detail in my recipe posts to guide readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” right under the title of this post and you’ll head straight there! 

Blackened Chicken Ingredients

You’ll need a few basic spices for this blackened chicken recipe. Of course it’s completely flexible- add or omit based on personal preferences. We like it just a little spicy… not so spicy that it makes you sweat! 

In addition to butter, olive oil and boneless skinless chicken breasts, you’ll need to make or buy a simple blackened seasoning blend.

This blackened seasoning mix has only seven ingredients that are most likely already in your spice cabinet.

  • Salt – Thick flakes, if possible
  • Black Pepper – Thick flakes, if possible
  • Smoked Paprika 
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Thyme
Close-up shot of sliced blackened chicken breasts, covered in seasoning.

How to Make Blackened Chicken

Blackened chicken can be made on the grill, on your stove top, or even in the oven! These directions are meant for a classic saute or frying pan on the burner but you can make this chicken in so many ways. Regardless, this delicious dinner entree is created in just one pan – who doesn’t love one pot recipes!? 

Cast iron (like the one pictured) works beautifully for this recipe because it helps create such a beautiful crust as you finish cooking, but you can use any kind of nonstick frying pan as well! (Most modern non-stick pans are safe in the oven up to 500 degrees.) 

  1. Prep – Preheat oven to 450 degrees and heat cast iron skillet over high.Raw chicken breasts on butcher paper, spices and melted butter to the side.
  2. Coat your chicken breasts with melted butter or olive oil. Next, spread the blackened seasoning liberally on the chicken, coating both sides.Raw chicken breasts being coated in melted butter before cooking.  Raw Chicken breasts on brown butcher paper, covered in seasoning.
  3. Blacken – Add the chicken breasts into the hot pan. To form the blackened crust, cook the chicken for 30 seconds per side.A cast iron pan on the stove top cooking blackened chicken.  A cast iron pan on the stove top cooking seasoned chicken.
  4. Cook in the Oven – Now you’ll put the pan in the oven to finish cooking! This takes another 10 minutes, or until your chicken has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.Looking into an oven with a cast iron pan cooking blackened chicken breasts.

*You can cook this blackened chicken completely on the stove top. You’ll follow all the directions, but instead of throwing your pan into the oven to finish cooking, simply turn your burners to medium heat and allow the chicken to cook through.

Is Chicken Healthy?

Many nutritionists agree that chicken is a healthy part of a well-rounded diet rich in protein and nutrients.

It’s lower in saturated fat than red meats like beef and pork, and it’s one of the leanest animal proteins available. 

It’s also a fast and easy way to get dinner on the table and it cooks faster than many other meats! You can cook chicken in just 15 minutes – what’s not to love?

Zesty blackened chicken on a white platter.

Does Blackened Mean Spicy?

Not necessarily. While it may have been a spicy mixture when it began, now it’s whatever we want it to be! 

Most frequently, blackened seasoning mixes have more of a Cajun seasoning feel. You can add as much or as little spice as you want – just back off on the cayenne and black pepper if you are nervous. 

Zesty blackened chicken on a white platter.

What to Serve with Chicken

You can go so many different directions with this chicken. It’s so flavorful that it creates a different dinner with any number of side dishes, and it works beautifully when added to salads or a bed of pasta.

Zesty blackened chicken on a white platter.

Blackened seasoning flavors also blend well with potatoes! Try my delicious caramelized shallot mashed potatoes, or my truffle french fries for a delicious side dish. Want to learn more about blackened seasoning and where to use it? Check out the detailed post! 

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A platter full of sliced blackened chicken.

Blackened Chicken

Author: Julie Blanner
Juicy blackened chicken packed full of flavor. Enjoy alone or serve over pasta and salads.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 187 kcal


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly cracked
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt thick flakes, if possible
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Heat a skillet over high approximately 5 minutes.
  • Combine spices.
  • Brush olive oil onto chicken breasts and generously season with spices, patting them on.
  • Place chicken breasts in skillet 30 seconds to blacken then flip and blacken the other side 30 seconds.
  • Transfer to the oven 10 minutes + until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Transfer to covered serving dish and allow to rest 5 minutes.
  • Slice and serve.




  • Oil – Use olive oil, canola oil or melted butter to coat chicken.
  • Seasonings – Substitute with your favorite blackening seasoning.

To Store

Refrigerate – Store refrigerated sealed in an airtight container up to 3 days. Use leftovers in wraps, salads and more!


Calories:187kcalCarbohydrates:6gProtein:25gFat:7gSaturated Fat:1gCholesterol:72mgSodium:718mgPotassium:549mgFiber:2gSugar:1gVitamin A:2004IUVitamin C:3mgCalcium:39mgIron:3mg
5 from 8 votes
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