This air fryer blackened chicken recipe will help you prepare a nutritious, delectable meal in about 30 minutes. It features flavorful chicken and a fresh salad.
What Is Blackened Chicken?
Blackening is a cooking technique that locks in some unique flavor. The meat is slathered with seasonings and then grilled or broiled until the seasonings on the outside turn black. The seasoning mix varies from one place to another, but it typically includes Cajun seasoning, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
Thanks to all that seasoning, the meat gains a strong taste and a serious kick of heat. Even non-spicy eaters can give it a try, as the heat won’t linger, and you can adjust its level to your liking.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
A long-running rumor insists that eating burnt foods increases the risk of cancer, which still lacks evidence till this day.
Until then, a more realistic approach to healthy eating is to keep a close eye on your calorie, saturated fat, and sodium intakes. They might exceed the daily recommended amounts if you don’t control your portion sizes and seasonings.
At Healthy Recipes 101, we use tools to precisely monitor those nutritional values. As a result, each portion of our air fryer blackened chicken recipe contains:
7 g saturated fat
540 mg sodium
Ingredients You'll Need
This dish welcomes all types of meat cuts, even dry ones like chicken breasts. We particularly enjoy the skin, which becomes delectably chewy and flavorful when cooked.
The seasoning blend is what makes blackened chicken what it is. On top of the standard spices, we also added some herbs like thyme, oregano, basil, etc. All of them are part of the Italian seasoning mix, so it’s a fairly simple addition.
Since we love the aroma of thyme and oregano so much, we decided to add a little extra. Feel free to skip these if you don’t have them on hand.
Finally, we cook the chicken with some lemon slices. They impart a fresh, citrusy aroma that really makes the meat tastier.
Blackened meat goes great with a fresh salad on the side. Try tossing your favorite one with our basic mayo-yogurt dressing (formula in the recipe card section).
We’re using some lettuce, cucumber, and radish. Simple, fresh, and versatile.
Can I Use Frozen Chicken to Make Blackened Chicken?
Frozen chicken works fine, but it needs to be thawed ahead of time. Only meat that’s been thinly sliced should be cooked from a frozen state. Thicker cuts may leave raw, cold pockets inside even after the outside is cooked or burnt.
The easiest way to thaw meat is to move it from the freezer to the fridge the night before. If you forgot this important step, partially thaw the meat in just 30 minutes using the methods in this guide.
Our favorite trick from the guide is to wrap the meat tightly in plastic wrap, then submerge it in a bowl of constantly changing water. We usually turn on the tap and let it run slowly into the bowl for about 30 minutes until the cold meat gradually thaws.
It’s also important to cook the meat as soon as it’s pliable. If it comes to room temperature, harmful bacteria in the meat multiply and begin to spoil it.
How to Store and Reheat
As long as the blackened chicken is properly covered, it can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months. When we have enough fridge space, we prefer reusable airtight containers. Otherwise, Ziploc or biodegradable bags work just as well.
To reheat the meat, air fry it for 7 minutes at 300°F (or for 20 minutes if it is frozen). Halfway through, you can slice it open to speed up the reheating process.
What to Serve With
Seeing that this meat lacks some satisfying carbohydrates and a drink, we thought these dishes were the most suitable pairing from our archive:
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This air fryer blackened chicken recipe makes you a delectable meal in about 30 minutes. Once the air fryer is running, you can sit back and relax, knowing you'll have a succulent meal in no time at all.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
The chicken comes out crispy and flavorful, and the recipe is easy to customize with your favorite spices and seasonings.
A great way to enjoy a classic dish with a healthier twist.