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Blackened Cajun Chicken Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared without added salt) equals 268 calories, 110 mg sodium, 96 mg cholesterol, 12 g carbohydrate, 38 g protein, 8 g fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Blackened Cajun Chicken

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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."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

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

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Full-Bodied White Wine

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