Spicy Cajun Blackened Chicken Thighs



10 Tips for Cooking Spicy Cajun Blackened Chicken Thigh

  1. Pat the chicken thighs dry before seasoning to ensure a crispy exterior.
  2. Adjust the amount of Cajun seasoning based on your spice preference.
  3. Marinate the chicken thighs for extra flavor or season them just before cooking for a quick meal.
  4. Use a cast-iron skillet for the best blackening results.
  5. Preheat the skillet until it's smoking hot before adding the chicken.
  6. Cook the chicken thighs over high heat to achieve a charred crust.
  7. Don't overcrowd the skillet; cook the chicken in batches if necessary.
  8. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes after cooking to lock in juices.
  9. Serve with cooling accompaniments like yogurt sauce or cucumber salad to balance the heat.
  10. Enjoy leftovers sliced in sandwiches or chopped over salads for a flavorful twist.

Serve it With Suggestions

These Spicy Cajun Blackened Chicken Thighs pair perfectly with:

  • Creamy mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables
  • Fresh corn salad with avocado and lime dressing
  • Southern-style coleslaw and buttery cornbread
  • Tangy barbecue sauce and grilled pineapple slices


Q: Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs?
Yes, you can substitute chicken breasts for thighs, but adjust cooking time as breasts cook faster.

Q: Is Cajun seasoning too spicy?
Cajun seasoning can be spicy, but you can adjust the heat by reducing the amount used or opting for a mild Cajun blend.

Q: How do I know when the chicken is fully cooked?
Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) for fully cooked chicken.

Q: Can I grill the chicken instead of pan-searing?
Yes, you can grill the chicken thighs over medium-high heat for a smoky flavor. Adjust cooking time as needed.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?
Yes, you can marinate the chicken ahead or cook it in advance and reheat before serving.

Q: Can I use store-bought Cajun seasoning?
Yes, store-bought Cajun seasoning works well, but you can also make your own blend for a personalized touch.

Q: How spicy are these chicken thighs?
The spice level can be adjusted to your preference by adding more or less Cajun seasoning.

Q: Can I bake the chicken instead of pan-searing?
Yes, you can bake the chicken thighs in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.

Q: Can I freeze leftovers?
Yes, you can freeze cooked chicken thighs in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Q: Can I use bone-in chicken thighs?
Yes, bone-in chicken thighs will work, but adjust cooking time accordingly to ensure they're fully cooked.

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