Baked Blackened Chicken Breasts with Honey

Baked Blackened Chicken Breasts are kissed with a touch of honey for the perfect combination of heat and sweet. Double the recipe. I’ll give you lots of ideas for the leftovers! 

Easy Baked Blackened Chicken Breasts with Honey Recipe

When life gets crazy, I stick to tried and true recipes that are easy to prepare and give plenty of options the next day (and the day after that if I’m lucky!) This is one of those recipes that I can’t recommend highly enough. It was very popular at our Make Ahead Dinner Store.

Here’s why I like it so much:

  • There are just 4 easy steps in this recipe and the cook time is mostly hands off.
  • The spicy chicken perfectly complements so many popular dishes from pasta alfredo to many soups and salads. I’ve a list of suggestions below.
  • It’s not super spicy, unless you want it to be super spicy. Add as much or as little heat as you like.
  • A slight drizzle of honey makes for a perfect combination of sweet and spicy and may actually sway over the diner that “doesn’t like spicy food!” Or leave it off and save the calories.

How to Make Baked Blackened Chicken Breasts

Typically, a cast iron skillet and lots of smoke are involved in the blackening process. If you don’t have the time, tools or patience for the traditional process, then this is a perfect alternative:

  1. Drizzle the chicken with a little honey and spread it around with a spoon.
  2. Sprinkle a Cajun spice blend 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.

Baked Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

That’s it! And, I just remember another reason why I love this baked blackened chicken breasts recipe. You literally do not have to measure anything out and the amount of spice or honey can vary on each piece of chicken.

Seasoning for Blackened Chicken

I used the same spices on this chicken that I used for Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits and 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 really don’t need to measure anything out with this recipe.

Baked Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

Ideas for Leftover Chicken

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 already have a few ideas of your own. 🙂

Baked Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe
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Baked Blackened Chicken Breasts with Honey
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Chicken is blackened with a Cajun spice mix and then drizzled with a little honey to offset the heat. Easy prep and then bake it in the oven.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 158 kcal
Author: Marjory Pilley
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 4 teaspoons honey 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 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.
Recipe Notes

Double or triple the spice mix to have extra on hand. Leftovers freeze well. Leave off the sweetness altogether to keep this recipe strictly South Beach Phase I compliant and low-carb.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Blackened Chicken Breasts with Honey
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 424mg 18%
Potassium 461mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 5g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 15.2%
Vitamin C 3.1%
Calcium 1%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

Baked Blackened Honey Chicken Breasts 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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