Cajun-Spiced Chicken Breasts

This Cajun-style spice coating is simple, intensely flavorful and a little spicy. Here we've used it to give a serious flavor boost to boneless chicken breasts, but it would work equally well for pork chops or certain varieties of fish fillets. And, because it contains a little flour, it helps to keep the meat moist and tender during cooking. Round out the meal with a side dish of Sautéd Okra and Tomatoes and some fresh corn on the cob.

Cajun-Spiced Chicken Breasts

Cajun-Spiced Chicken Breasts

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A Cajun-inspired combination of paprika, garlic, onion, black pepper and cayenne makes a quick, intensely flavored spice coating for boneless chicken breasts.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. If the chicken has the tenderloins attached, remove them and reserve for another use.
  2. Combine the flour, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in the mixture, pressing gently to be sure it adheres well.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning several times, until nicely browned and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving.