Blackened Cajun Chicken Recipe

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My son's a great cook who came up with this rub on his own. It's one of our very favorite ways to prepare chicken because it's nice and zesty.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon each paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder and ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon each onion powder, ground cumin, dried thyme and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 pounds), cut up and skin removed

Nutritional Facts

5 ounces cooked chicken: 257 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat.


  1. Combine all seasonings. Place chicken in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; rub with half of the seasoning mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 15-23 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Seasoning mix is enough for two chickens. It may be made ahead and stored in an airtight container until needed.
Originally published as Blackened Cajun Chicken in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p89

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Ginnygirl1974 User ID: 5543552 15791
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"My husband and I loved it and will make this again for sure, I'd say it was a med on the hot scale."

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 46037
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"Awful. Way too much cumin and onion powder."

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