Easy Cajun-Spiced Chicken Breasts

Cajun spiced chicken breast

The Spruce

  • Total: 22 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 14 mins
  • Marinate: 60 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

This easy chicken recipe is made with Cajun spices, boneless chicken breasts, and a little vegetable oil. This light and easy entree takes less than 25 minutes to prepare and cook. The chicken is seasoned and refrigerated for about an hour before it's cooked, so plan to begin at least an hour before you plan to cook the chicken.

Serve the chicken with mashed potatoes or roasted cauliflower along with steamed peas, broccoli, or green beans. Or slice the cooked chicken into thin strips and serve them atop a fresh tossed green salad or spring greens.

See the variations for a homemade Cajun seasoning blend and instructions for using it in the recipe.


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts (halves or cutlets)*
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (see the homemade blend, below)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (only if the Cajun seasoning is unsalted)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Easy Cajun Spiced Chicken Breast ingredients
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  2. If the chicken breasts are large, slice them horizontally to form thin cutlets. For faster cooking, place the chicken breasts or cutlets between sheets of plastic wrap and pound to flatten to a uniform thickness.

    Pounding chicken breasts
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  3. Combine the seasonings and oil to form a paste, adding more oil if needed.

    Cajun spice blend
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  4. Rub the seasoning mixture all over the chicken breasts.

    Chicken breasts and cajun spices
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  5. Place the seasoned chicken breasts in a food storage bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

    Chicken breasts marinating
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  6. Grill or broil the chicken for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side, depending on thickness.

    Grilling Cajun chicken
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  7. Chicken is done when juices run clear when pricked with a fork.

    Easy Cajun Spiced Chicken Breasts
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  8. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!

*A serving of chicken is about the size of a deck of playing cards or about 3 to 4 ounces. Unless chicken breasts are sliced to "portion size," they might weigh as much as 10 to 12 ounces.

Recipe Variation

  • Homemade Cajun seasoning (unsalted): In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of onion powder, 2 teaspoons of paprika, 1 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of dried leaf thyme, 1/4 teaspoon of dried leaf oregano, 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Use this mixture along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and omit the pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder in the recipe.

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