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Creole Blackened Chicken

I love blackened chicken and was thrilled when I discovered I could cook it at home. I adjusted an old recipe, making it spicier to fit my taste. If you prefer milder flavors, simply omit or reduce the cayenne pepper. —Lauren Hardy, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons salt-free Southwest chipotle seasoning blend
  • 4 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Mix the first five ingredients; sprinkle over chicken. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown chicken in batches on both sides; transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake, uncovered, 12-15 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°.
Editor's Note
The following spices may be substituted for 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning: 1/4 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and a pinch each of dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.

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  • pajamaangel
    Jan 22, 2019

    This is one of my favorite chicken recipes. This time I just cooked it in the skillet to save on washing dishes (lazy day). It was just as good if not even better! I love the heat in this dish. Definitely a keeper

  • Melongal
    Feb 13, 2015

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I think it would be great on fish as well. I put the spice mix in a shallow bowl and pressed the moistened (with just water) chicken into the spice mixture rather than just sprinkling the spices on the chicken.. I used thin breast cutlets and the 12 minutes in the oven following the browning on the stove was perfect. I did check the chicken temp. with an instant read thermometer. This recipe had a good kick to it. I'll definitely make it again, and will definitely try it with fish, too!

  • chris_giles18
    Sep 23, 2014

    My husband loved it. It was definitely spicy and we used ranch dressing as a dip for it. Next time, I will use less cayenne pepper for sure.

  • rllewis7
    Feb 6, 2014

    This chicken was so flavorful and tender. I omitted the cayenne pepper-just for personal taste preferences- and the spice mixture was the perfect balance of warmth and freshness.

  • luckischmitz
    Jan 14, 2014

    I needed a last minute main course and this fit the bill. We like spicy food and this is definitely spicy as listed. Chicken salad with the leftovers has already been requested.

  • meaganteal
    Nov 23, 2013

    This was spicy, but my husband and I liked it. Might tone the spice down next time for the kids. Leftovers were good on a salad.

  • JanaTheTeacher
    Jul 19, 2013

    Very spicy (yum)! Couldn't find Creole seasoning at the grocery store, so I used Cajun seasoning instead (probably the same?). I baked the chicken for 35 min. (rather than the 12-15 min. per recipe). It was a big hit. Looking forward to using the leftover to make a spicy chicken salad!

  • TeresaWitt
    Jun 9, 2013

    This was very easy and quick. The flavor was quite good, but a little strong. The next time I make it, I will probably use about half as much spices.