Blackened Chicken

Background and History:

Blackened chicken is a spicy and flavorful dish that’s deeply rooted in the Cajun and Creole cuisines of Louisiana, USA. The technique of blackening involves coating the chicken with a mix of herbs and spices, then searing it in a hot cast-iron skillet to create a flavorful, charred crust. The dish was popularized by chef Paul Prudhomme in the 1970s and has since become a beloved classic.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional for a smoky flavor)
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, combine paprika, dried thyme, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, white pepper, and ground cumin. Add smoked paprika if desired for a smoky flavor. This mixture is your blackening seasoning.
  • Preheat a cast-iron skillet over high heat until it’s smoking hot.
  • Brush each chicken breast with melted butter, ensuring they are well-coated.
  • Sprinkle the blackening seasoning evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts.
  • Carefully place the seasoned chicken breasts in the hot skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through and have a blackened, crusty exterior.
  • Remove the blackened chicken from the skillet and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve with lemon wedges for a burst of citrus flavor.

Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)

  • Calories: 280
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg
  • Sodium: 900mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 35g

Notes:

  • Adjust the cayenne pepper to control the dish’s spiciness according to your taste.
  • Serve with rice, vegetables, or a fresh salad for a complete meal.

Allergy Warning:

  • Check for potential spice allergies among your diners. Adapt the recipe as needed to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.
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