Blackened Chicken

Category: CAJUN
Serves: 8

16 each 3 oz skinless chicken breast
2 tbsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp Ground black pepper
1 tsp White pepper
1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Ground cumin
1/2 tsp Gound cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Sweet paprika
3/4 Pound Melted unsalted butter

NOTE: Recipe calls for 16 (3-ounce) skinless boned chicken breasts,
about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick, or 8 (10-ounce) bone-in leg-thigh
pieces, or a combination of these. Skin the leg-thigh pieces, then
bone each piece along the length of the two bones, leaving meat in
one piece. Trim off excess fat. Pound each breast or leg-thigh
fillet to 1/2 inch thick.

Let the chicken come to room temperature before blackening.
Thoroughly combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over very high heat until it is
extremely hot and just short of the point at which you see white ash
or a white spot forming in the skillet bottom, about 8 minutes. (the
time will vary according to the intensity of the heat source.)
Heat the serving plates in a 250F oven.
Just before cooking each piece of chicken, dip it in the melted
butter so that both sides are well coated, then sprinkle each fillet
evenly with the seasoning mix, using about a rounded 1/2 teaspoon on
each, and patting it in with your hands. (If you lay the fillet on a
plate or other surface to season it, be sure the surface is warm so
the butter won’t congeal and stick to the surface instead of to the
meat. Wipe the surface clean after seasoning each fillet. Use any
remaining seasoning mix in another recipe.)
Immediately place the fillet skinned side down in the hot skillet,
making sure all meat folds are opened up and the meat is lying flat.
Pour about 1 teaspoon butter on the top of the fillet (be careful, as
the butter may flame up). If you cook more that 1 fillet at a time,
place each fillet in the skillet before buttering and seasoning
another one.
Cook uncovered over the same high heat until the underside forms a
crust, about 2 minutes. (The time will vary according to the
thickness of the fillets and the heat of the skillet or fire; watch
the meat and you’ll see a white line coming up the side as it cooks.)
Turn the fillets over and pour about 1 teaspoon more melted butter on
top of each. Cook just until meat is cooked through, about 2 minutes
more. Serve the chicken fillets crustier side up while piping hot.
Clean the skillet after cooking each batch and repeat the
blackening procedure with the remaining chicken fillets.
To serve, place 2 breast fillets or 1 leg-thigh fillet on each
heated serving plate. If you use a large serving platter, do not
stack the fillets.

Paul Prudhomme warns, “Blackening should be done either outdoors or
in a commercial kitchen. The process creates an incredible amount of
smoke that will set off your own and your neighbors’ smoke alarms.
People with really well-installed commercial hood vents at home have
gotten away with blackening in their own kitchens. They are
privileged! Don’t push your luck.”

From The Prudhomme Family Cookbook


7 tbsp. paprika
7 tsp. onion powder
7 tsp. garlic powder
7 tsp. cayenne pepper
6 tsp. white pepper
6 tsp. black pepper
3 1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 tsp. thyme
3 1/2 tsp. oregano

Combines all ingredients; store airtight.


1 tbsp. melted butter
1 tbsp. seasoning mix

Pound each chicken breast with a mallet or rolling pin until it is an even thickness. (about 1/2 inch)

Brush both sides of chicken breast with the melted butter. Set aside

Coat each chicken breast with 1 tablespoon seasoning mix, covering completely. Let sit 15 minutes for better flavor.

Heat a heavy cast iron or other skillet until it is searing hot. Cook chicken about 4 minutes on each side.