RECIPE: Blackened Chicken

Having a whole bunch of food, food product and preservative allergies means cooking from scratch at home. Since we all lead busy lives, it's nice to have a go-to recipe for the main course of dinner. In our house, my blackened chicken recipe is one of them!

Matt likes to dip his in ketchup. I'll confess that it's actually a tasty addition ;-)

All you need to do is mix together a bunch of lovely spices. The greens are homegrown parsley and oregano from our garden. We love love love gardening.

All you need to do is mix together a bunch of lovely spices. The greens are homegrown parsley and oregano from our garden. We love love love gardening.

Then you rub it on a couple of chicken breasts and throw them in a hot oiled pan...

Then you rub it on a couple of chicken breasts and throw them in a hot oiled pan...

...just until they're blackened! After this, you toss them in the oven for a while.

...just until they're blackened! After this, you toss them in the oven for a while.

And up with beautifully blackened yet juicy chicken. On this particular night, we had homemade cranberry sauce and sauteed veggies as our sides.

And up with beautifully blackened yet juicy chicken. On this particular night, we had homemade cranberry sauce and sauteed veggies as our sides.

Recipe: Blackened Chicken

You'll need:

  • a baking dish (I used a square glass dish and covered it with foil)
  • tinfoil
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • canola oil (you could also use any other neutral tasting light oil)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

What to do:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix together all spices
  3. After rinsing and patting the chicken dry, rub the TOP part of the chicken breasts with the spices
  4. Heat a skillet on high and put in just enough oil that the bottom of the pan is coated
  5. When the skillet is hot, place the chicken spice side down - and jiggle a couple times to make sure they don't stick.
  6. Cook for 4 minutes, jiggling a couple more times throughout the 4 minutes
  7. While they're cooking, line your baking dish with foil and lightly coat with olive oil
  8. When the chicken is nice and blackened, transfer spice side up into the baking dish
  9. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until no longer pink.