Southwest Skillet Blackened Chicken Recipe

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Tantalize your taste buds with this flavorful Southwest Skillet Blackened Chicken recipe! Whether you’re a home chef looking for a unique dish to wow your dinner guests or a beginner learning how to cook, this simple recipe is sure to make any meal special.

Serve with Charred Corn, Roasted Potatoes, or Campfire Potatoes.

blackened chicken plated

With just a few ingredients, you can make a restaurant-quality entrée that packs a punch of smoky and spicy flavors. Not only is blackened chicken packed with intense flavor, but it’s also low in fat and calories, making it a healthier option than fried chicken.

So if you’re ready to take your dinner to the next level, follow along and you’ll soon be serving up a mouthwatering dinner that your friends and family will love.

Southwest Skillet Blackened Chicken

Southwest Skillet Blackened Chicken

In this article, you’ll learn how to make a stellar Southwest Skillet Blackened Chicken, tips for creating the perfect seasoning blend. With just a few steps and a few ingredients, you can have a perfectly cooked, mouth-watering dinner on the table in no time. So go ahead and get cooking!

Spice up your next meal with this delicious pan-seared Blackened Chicken Recipe for a quick and easy dinner any night of the week! This Blackened Chicken is tender, moist, and mildly spicy with just a hint of heat, perfect to serve over rice, with pasta, or even to a salad for a healthier option. Blackening is an easy way to prepare chicken and one of the best ways to amp up the flavor.

Southwest Skillet Blackened Chicken

What is blackening?

Blackening is a cooking technique where the food, typically fish or chicken, is dipped in butter and seasoned with a mixture of spices. When cooked, the food takes on a blackened sear. The blackening adds a ton of flavor. It is not burnt, but sometimes it can taste slightly bitter if the butter burns. This is why I take a slightly different approach so you don’t have to worry about burning the butter.

Instead of dipping the chicken in butter before seasoning, I mix the spices with oil and then rub that all over the chicken and let that marinate for at least 30 minutes before cooking. After searing the first side of the chicken, I flip it over to sear the other side and butter-baste the chicken.

Blackening the chicken this way results in better flavor as you don’t burn the butter when cooking. You still get all the amazing flavors you expect with blackened chicken, but you avoid the bitter taste of burnt butter.

Skillet Blackened Chicken on cutting board

Ingredients for Southwest Blackened Chicken

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  • chicken cutlets or 2 large breasts halved horizontally
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • ground cumin
  • granulated sugar
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • oil, divided
  • butter
  1. First, you’ll mix the spices and oil together to form a paste.
  2. Then you’ll rub it on the chicken and allow it to soak into the meat for a while.
  3. Next, cook the chicken breasts in a skillet for a few minutes on each side.
  4. Finally, finish the chicken with butter and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
food on a cutting board

Uses for Blackened Chicken Breasts

You can use blackened chicken as the starter for so many different meals.

  • Serve right out of the skillet with a side dish
  • Serve over pasta with a creamy sauce
  • Slice to top a salad such as Southwest Chicken Salad
  • Blackened chicken is the perfect filling for tacos!
  • This chicken recipe is also great over rice with black beans, corn, and tomatoes
food on a plate

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blackened chicken plated

Southwest Skillet Blackened Chicken

This chicken makes a quick and easy dinner any night of the week! It's moist and slightly spicy.
Author: Paula
5 from 40 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 pounds chicken cutlets or 2 large breasts halved horizontally
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter unsalted



  • In a zip-top bag or bowl, mix together spices for the chicken seasoning and add 2 tablespoons of oil to make a paste.
  • Coat the chicken with this paste and store it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.


  • Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a skillet over mid-high heat. Add chicken and sear for 3-4 minutes until slightly blackened. Turn chicken over and add a Tbsp of butter to the skillet. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes while basting the chicken with the melted butter until the chicken is cooked through to 150 degrees in the thickest part.
  • Remove chicken from the skillet and rest 5 minutes.

How to serve

  • ●      Serve right out of the skillet with a side dish
    ●      Serve over pasta with a creamy sauce
    ●      Slice to top a salad such as Southwest Chicken Salad
    ●      Blackened chicken is the perfect filling for tacos!
    ●      This chicken recipe is also great over rice with black beans, corn, and tomatoes
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for no more than 4 days.


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 878mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I have not tried the receipt yet, but I will soon, it sounds delicious.

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