Keto Blackened Chicken [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 8 reviews

Chicken Keto Main Dishes Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Blackened Chicken is a hearty, protein-rich dish that is flavorful and easy to make. Pair it with salads and casseroles for a balanced meal!

This makes a great dinner meal when paired with vegetables and fruits. You can try our easy recipes like the Mexican Salad, Roasted Asparagus, and Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole.

Easy Blackened Chicken Recipe

Blackened chicken is a recipe made with breast fillets seasoned with various blackening herbs and spices, searing in a hot pan and after that, baked in the oven. This is quite a versatile dish and it pairs with just about anything. Not to mention, this is also easy to make – in just under 30 minutes!

Blackening is a cooking technique wherein the meat is coated with oil, usually butter, and spices and then, seared quickly in a hot skillet. This creates a black crust on the surface that is neither charred nor well-cooked.

This seals in the flavors of this simple but tasty dish. The rest of the baking is a breeze and will not take too much of your time.

Chicken breasts might seem bland, but when cooked in this manner, it transforms into a surprisingly flavorful meal. Those on a strict diet can enjoy this without guilt!

What is Blackened Chicken?

It is a dish originally made with butter and Cajun spices to coat the meat and then, seared in a hot skillet. In the process, the coating browns and the spices get charred, giving the white meat an enticing brown-black color. It can be eaten as is, or it can be incorporated in salads and wraps.

How to cook blackened chicken?

  1. Before preparing the ingredients, start preheating the oven so that when everything is ready, the oven is nicely hot at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare the chicken by patting it dry with a paper towel.
  3. For the spices, whisk together the paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  4. Put oil on the meat on all sides, and dredge the meat onto the spices, covering all areas.
  5. Heat up a cast-iron skillet until smoking hot, searing each side of the meat for about 30 seconds.
  6. After blackening, put the skillet in the oven to continue cooking thoroughly for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Check-in if the required internal temperature of the meat of 165 degrees Fahrenheit has been reached before taking it out.
  8. Let the flavors meld for 5 minutes before slicing.

How to make blackening seasoning?

For this recipe, we used paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, and pepper. But, you can add your own spices, as there is no hard rule which must be included or not.

Just mix them all together in a bowl so that they get distributed evenly on the meat.

How to make blackened chicken on the grill?

It is possible to use the grill to cook this easy recipe. Just make sure that the temperature is high enough to sear the crust.

What to serve with blackened chicken?

As mentioned, it is best served with vegetables and fruits for a well-balanced meal. For summer, and since this dish is perfect for barbecue parties, it is nice to have refreshing sides like this creamy cucumber salad.

Leftovers can be used for pasta dishes, salads, or wraps.

Is blackened chicken healthy?

Chicken breast is the leanest part of the bird and it contains relatively little fat, and we used the boneless and skinless type. One 8-oz serving is about 224 calories, high in protein, and low in carbohydrates. If you are on a keto diet, this recipe is perfect for you.

How to make blackened chicken wings?

If you are curious to know if you can use dark meat in this recipe, the answer is yes. Just substitute your desired poultry parts, you can even use thighs. This recipe is versatile like that.

How to prevent the chicken from drying out?

Breasts have so little fats in them, which makes them dry out faster compared to thighs and other fatty parts. The key here is to not overcook the white meat, or else, you are risking the minimal amount of moisture in it to go out.

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How to store:

You can refrigerate the cooked meat once it has cooled completely in airtight, single-portion containers and it will keep for up to three days. Also, feel free to reheat is as needed. Just ensure to reheat it up to the internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Recipe Tips:

  • Use a meat tenderizer if you wish to even out the meat.
  • This recipe can be applied to other types of meat and fish just adjust the cooking time and oven temperature accordingly.
  • In addition, you can add jalapenos in the seasoning if you want it spicy.

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5 from 8 reviews

Easy Blackened Chicken

Blackened Chicken is a hearty, protein-rich dish that is flavorful and easy to make. Pair it with salads and casseroles for a balanced meal!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 248 Carbohydrates: 5 Protein: 25 Fat: 14 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 72 Sodium: 718 Potassium: 538 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 0 Vitamin A: 1850 Vitamin C: 2.2 Calcium: 39 Iron: 2.7
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That looks absolutely mouthwatering! I love that blackened flavor and texture. Om nom nom.


Celebrate Woman Today

I love blackened anything! Because these recipes are so aromatic and delicious with the aroma of the herbs and spices.


Brianne Manz

Your blackened chicken looks delicious. Thank you for all of the tips on how not to have it be too dry or use it on chicken wings.



I have grown to like things to be a little spicier than in the past. I am going to have to try to make this chicken recipe.


Stefani Tolson

I am always cooking chicken and yours looks YUMMY! Now I want some!



I used to love Blacken Chicken breast. I am pescatarian now so definitely now I cant have it so I would need a blacken shrimp version.



That chicken looks delicious. I would’ve never known it was keto! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with us


Nancy L

The number one complaint that I get my from my family when I cook chicken is that I didn't brown it enough. They like it crispy. I think I found the perfect recipe for them. Looks delicious!



This looks delicious! And so versatile! It will be perfect over a big salad!


Ruth I

This looks delicious! I think it's easy and I can pull this off. I hope my family will like it.


Krystel | Frugal Living

Definitely, want to try to make this so I am going to save it. I'm always looking for good chicken recipes



Great recipe! I downsized it to serve two and it was wonderful. Timing was spot on. I used a thermometer probe to monitor temp and it hit temp just as the timer went off at 12 min.



Made this last week and it was so freaking good!!! Made it again with salmon tonight and batched the seasoning!!!!



Do you cover the cast iron skillet before placing it in the oven?


No, I dont cover it


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