Blackened Chicken Breast with a Touch of Honey

Blackened Chicken Breast is kissed with a touch of honey for the perfect combination of heat and sweet. Make plenty of this easy bake recipe. I’ll give you lots of ideas for the leftovers! 

Blackened Chicken Breast with Honey

It’s March madness around here…and not just the basketball variety (although we are following that too!) School projects. Tests. Soccer games. Dance class. Spring break. Easter. There’s a lot going on. When life gets crazy, I pull out a tried and true recipe that is easy to prepare.

Blackened Chicken Breast for the Win!

Here’s why I like it so much:

  • It’s not super spicy, unless you want it to be super spicy. For this recipe, blackened refers to the Cajun spice mix that coats the chicken. For the faint of heart, and I guess I am one of them, a slight drizzle of honey makes for a perfect combination of sweet and spicy.
  • It’s an E.A.S.Y. recipe. Short prep and hands off cook time. (See 4 steps below.)
  • It’s sooo easy to use the leftovers in other dishes. (I’ve got a list of ideas below.)

Baked Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

Blackened Chicken Breast in Just 4 Steps

  1. Drizzle the chicken with a little honey and spread it around with a spoon.
  2. Sprinkle the spices all over the chicken.
  3. Sear the chicken on the stove-top for a couple of minutes on each side. (Don’t skip this step! It makes a big difference.)
  4. Bake the chicken, uncovered, for about 30 minutes in the oven.

That’s it!

Baked Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

Cajun Spice Blends

I used the same spices on this chicken that I used for Sweet and Spicy Cajun Roasted Chick Peas.

Mix up a big batch of the spices so you will always have them on hand. The amounts provided in the instructions are easily enough for 4 pieces of chicken. Double it. Triple it…you get the picture. Or, buy a pre-mixed Cajun spice at the grocery store.

You reallly don’t need to measure anything out with this recipe. Just shake it on to taste.

Baked Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

Ideas for Leftover Blackened Chicken Breast

Once it’s done, you’ve got options. Slice it, dice it or freeze it whole. When you’re ready to enjoy it, defrost and:

Yep. Lots of options. I bet you have a few ideas of your own. :)

Blackened Honey Chicken
 
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Chicken is blackened with a Cajun spice mix and then drizzled with a little honey to offset the heat. Preps in about 5 minutes and then bakes in the oven.
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 4 teaspoons honey or agave nectar (leave this out if you don’t want the sweet taste or for fewer calories)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Cajun Spice Blend (see ingredients below or purchase a spice blend)
Cajun Spice Blend
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drizzle honey over each side of chicken and spread with the back of a spoon. (I make a thin line down the center of each breast and spread it out to the sides.)
  3. If making the spice blend, combine dry spices in a container with a lid. Shake to combine.
  4. Sprinkle seasoning on both sides of chicken.
  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Sear the chicken for one-two minutes on each side.
  7. Place chicken in baking dish and cook, uncovered, for about 25-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside.
Notes
Double or triple the spice mix to have extra on hand. Use the same process to blacken fish. This recipe is so versatile. Slice thin and serve over greens, chop and add to a rice bowl or soup or make a sandwich. Leftovers freeze well. Use agave nectar or leave off the sweetness altogether to keep this recipe South Beach Phase I compliant and low-carb.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 chicken breast

Enjoy!

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Baked Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

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Comments

  1. Nothing beats a simple dish after a long day, love the addition of honey here, must try this:-)

  2. I’m all about this recipe! Love blackened seasoning.

  3. These chicken breast look delicious, perfect for a busy school night. Yummy!

  4. Oh yeah, THAT’S what I’ll do with those turkey cutlets thawing in the fridge!

  5. Great recipe and I love all the leftover ideas

  6. Love the touch of honey sweet!

  7. This chicken sounds so flavorful and it looks so juicy!

  8. Marjory, this looks like incredibly moist and flavorful chicken. Nicely done!

  9. I love the cajun spices and the sweetness of the honey together! Yum!

  10. I appreciate that you’ve given us less and spicy options – I’d definitely go for the honey, while my husband like it the spicier the better! Looks delicious!

  11. You had me at the combination of heat and sweet — these look so juicy!

  12. Cajun seasonings are my favorites to rub all over chicken. It’s be easy to make a huge batch of chicken and work it into all of your great menu ideas for the rest of the week. Brilliant!

  13. I love easy chicken recipes like this and the touch of honey is perfect for the cajun spices.

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