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Horizontal image of a white plate with blackened tenders next to green beans and mashed potatoes.

Blackened Chicken with Homemade Cajun Spice

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


With a spicy and bold flavor, blackened chicken upgrades that humble poultry into something truly delicious for dinner.


  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil or unsalted butter


  1. Place all of the dry spices in a small mixing bowl. Add garlic and stir until well combined, and mash the garlic pieces to release a little liquid.
  2. Pat the chicken tenderloins dry with a paper towel. Rub both sides of each with the seasoning mix.
  3. Heat oil or butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tenderloins in a single layer, and cook in batches if necessary.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, until meat is browned and easily releases from the pan. Turn over and cook another 3-5 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink inside and reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F.
  5. Serve warm.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Poultry

Keywords: chicken, poultry, blackened, cajun spice