Grilled Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Here is a Grilled Blackened Chicken Breast that is fork-tender with a little kick and fabulous!

The recipe is super simple with a coating that seals in the spicy juices and dipping sauce set aside for dipping it after grilling!

If you love chicken, you will love this delicious way to prepare your chicken breasts (and just remember what blackened means if you don't already know, it's just food blackened no it isn't burnt it's simply coated in a special spice blend that takes on a very dark brown, almost black color when cooked in a skillet, on a grill or in an oven).

This recipe tastes great and can even be cooked on a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop that is gridded because it does leave those grill marks and is perfect for wintertime when grilling isn't possible.

The secret ingredient used in this recipe improves any meats and seafood every time and adding a little seasoning is going to be a spectacular tasting on these chicken breasts!

Fire up the grill and get your favorite wood chips ready to make a fantastic smoky flavor grilled chicken for another fabulous addition.

Also, try my Best Grilling Collection of recipes and some of our delicious way to make Hawaiian Pork Chops Grilled Pizza also!

Scroll down to the recipe card that's printable for this simple blackened chicken recipe and find out why it's so good.

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this is blacked mahi mahi and chicken

Delicious Peppery Sauce

This spicy blackened chicken packs a one-two punch of flavor.

Guess what? It's great on any kind of fish, steak, or pork, it's amazing on Mahi Mahi and even for basting baked potatoes on the grill!

The grilled chicken is basted with a peppery white sauce—there's plenty of extra sauce leftover for dipping set aside also and that's what keeps the chicken juicy inside!

This chicken is juicy and the outside is a crusty coated charred effect and browned perfectly bursting with Cajun flavored spices!

Of course, if you're not one to like that spice, just leave it out and add some of your favorite fresh herbs.

this is raw sliced chicken breasts

Ingredients You Will

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  • paprika
  • sugar
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • dried thyme
  • lemon-pepper seasoning
  • cayenne pepper
  • cumin
  • pepper
  • boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • mayonnaise
  • water
  • apple cider vinegar

this is chicken blackened and grilled


  1. Omit the pepper for kids and add fresh herbs and smoked paprika
  2. For fewer calories use low-fat mayonnaise
  3. You can also substitute white vinegar for apple cider vinegar
  4. Pork, seafood, steak, and venison, are all great with this seasoning method
  5. Grilling: On high heat cook chicken for 4 minutes (covered), or until the chicken breast has a nice sear or has "blackened". Flip the chicken and grill directly for another 4 minutes (covered), or until you see a dark crust form on the other side
  6. Oven-baked: Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees we also broil for the last few minutes until the chicken on top is golden brown.
  7. Stovetop: Place the chicken on the hot cast iron pan and let it cook for 5-6 minutes. It will be ready when it has a blackened crust on it. Flip and cook another 5-6 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. using a meat thermometer.

this is a mayonnaise dipping sauce and rub for chicken on the grill with a colander of romaine lettuce in the background

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Mayonnaise Coated Chicken

If the idea of basting chicken cutlets with mayonnaise while grilling them leaves you wondering and saying "hmmm".

I can totally relate and I felt the same way until I tried it.

Now I use mayonnaise as the base for nearly every marinade for meat and seafood, whether I’m cooking on the grill or in a cast-iron skillet indoors.

The magic of that simple staple ingredient helps your other marinade ingredients spread evenly across the surface of the meat, delivering more consistent flavor, while improving browning.

It's really a mayo mojo!

And hey. don't worry about the meat tasting like mayo, it doesn't, not at all it really adds nothing to the flavor it just makes everything moist and juicy inside.

Grilled Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

Grilled Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

Yield: 4
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 35 M
Moist and fork-tender grilled and blackened chicken breast, this is a great recipe if you are looking a delicious spicy tasting chicken. Great on top of salads too!


  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 4 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper, divided
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 1/3 cups mayonnaise (the secret ingredient!)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  1. In a pie plate or bowl, combine paprika, cumin, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, thyme, lemon pepper, cayenne, and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Sprinkle or dip the chicken with this the mixture on both sides evenly.
  3. Place the chicken on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Note: for those who wish to have nothing spicy remove the cayenne and black pepper and add freshly chopped parsley and basil for extra flavor.
  6. In another bowl, combine mayonnaise, water, vinegar, and remaining sugar, salt, and pepper; cover.
  7. Chill 1 cup for dipping after the chicken is cooked.
  8. Save the remaining sauce for basting.
  9. Grill chicken, until browned and juices run clear for around 5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness basting with sauce.
  10. Serve with the reserved chilled sauce on the side for dipping.
  11. Cooking Option:  To cook in a skillet: Heat a large (12-inch) cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until a drop of water immediately balls up and dances across the surface. 
  12. Place the chicken cutlets in a single layer and cook flipping them occasionally until browned, about 5 minutes, basting with sauce. 
  13. Transfer chicken to a serving platter.
  14. Serve the rest of the sauce in a small bowl on the side.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2011. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. This looks amazing! Nice twist on bbq chicken!

  2. This is a great tip for chicken breast. I like it so fragrant and flavorful. Bye, have a good day

  3. These look delicious! Perfect with a potato salad and some green leaves! Yum!!

  4. this chicken looks amazing! must be delicious!

  5. this chicken looks amazing! must be delicious!

  6. Yummy! Are trying to replace Drick as the new cajun chef?

  7. Reminds me of how much I used to love blackened catfish. Must go back to that.

  8. Claudia these look delicious, I love blackened foods. I must give these a try. We don't seem to grill as much as I would like, so this would be a great sub!

  9. I actually have a jar of blackened seasoning sitting in my pantry that has never been opened. Sigh. These chicken breasts look amazing and perfect for a main dish. I need to bookmark this recipe. Yummy!

  10. I love blackening seasoning and put it on our steaks! I'll have to try it on chicken.

  11. I love blackened fish! Never tried it with chicken before...mmmm, great seasoning. The spicier the better in my book!

  12. Hi Claudia, the chicken looks great! YOu are getting very good with the camera. I happliy buzz you on this one. Keep them coming.

  13. Incredible the chicken I'm big fan of paprika :))



  14. Yes - love anything (almost anything) blackened. Great spice combo and the photos are very alluring. Can you give me lessons?

  15. Yup, I'm with you Claudia, anything blackened is a grilling delight for us! I love the spices in your marinade! I'd love to know how you come up with all of these recipes!!!!! Amazing!

  16. I love anything blackened! Your chicken looks great!

  17. You gave the chicken exactly what it needed - a ton of great flavor! I've had blackened steak and fish but never chicken. Can't wait to try this!

  18. I love blackened anything! This recipe will no doubt be a hit in my bbq!! =]

  19. Anything grilled is just supreme. Love the combination of flavors you have for the spices. Hope you are having a great week.

  20. Delicious! I love blackened chicken!

  21. Whoa, Claudia, this chicken looks smashing! I use paprika on my chicken but not the other stuff. This is a definite bookmark for me!

  22. I am an Italian chef from florence but I would even try that chicken to mach spicer is my opinions

  23. Just couldn't take my eyes out of it, looks simply irresistible.

  24. You are such grilling pro, Claudia. I love the way you season meat and fish. With the seasonings you've used, nobody will ever say that chicken breasts are bland.

  25. I dont have a grill,I'll have to try these in the oven.

  26. This looks moist, and flavorful and just perfect! Thanks for a great recipe!

  27. Oh my god, this looks amaaaaaazing! So wanna have a bite. Gosh!

  28. I love your grilled chicken breast and especially the blackened spices. I noticed you used my favorite spice, Paprika:DDD

  29. Looks delicious, love the spices

  30. That looks so gorgeous and mouth-watering... U have a wonderful blog with yummy recipes

  31. Nice seasonings and I can imagine how moist it is.

  32. Beautifully flavored and prepared! I bet it's extremely tender and juicy :)

  33. Claudia, Every time I come to get this recipe, I forget to leave you a comment. This is our most favorite summertime chicken recipe. We make it more than any other grilled food during the summer. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

    1. Thanks so glad you like this recipe, I use it often also and actually updated this recipe since its fabulous on seafood also!

  34. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 594. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen


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