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

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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

  • If the chicken has the tenderloins attached, remove them and reserve for another use.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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