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5-ingredient blackened chicken - This fast and easy main dish is Whole30, Paleo, Keto, and kid-friendly. Takes only 20 minutes to make and great on it's own or in a salad!

This Whole30, Keto, and Paleo compliant chicken recipe is quick & easy, has ingredients you probably already have, and flavorful! It checks alll the boxes and is great by itself or in a salad or lettuce wrap. We make it a few times a month and love it! Great on it’s own, on a salad, or in a lettuce wrap.


5-ingredient blackened chicken - This fast and easy main dish is Whole30, Paleo, Keto, and kid-friendly. Takes only 20 minutes to make and great on it's own or in a salad!
5 from 7 votes

Blackened Chicken

Author Autumn @wholefoodfor7


  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 medium chicken breasts kept whole or cut into thirds


  1. In a small bowl, combine all the spices together. 

  2. If using a grill, preheat grill to 450.

  3. Rub mixed spices onto chicken breast, trying to get it on all sides and as even as possible. Spray or lightly coat skillet, if using stove, with oil/cooking spray. 

  4. STOVE: Place chicken in the pan. Don't move for 5 minutes - the high heat will create the "blackened" effect of this chicken. Flip over and cook on high heat for another 5 minutes. If a thicker chicken breast and still not cooked through, reduce to medium heat and cook covered for 5 more minutes, until no longer pink in the middle. 

  5. GRILL: Cook 5-6 minutes on each side, to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Recipe Notes

Air Fryer Modification: Cook at 400 for 10 minutes, flipping once.
Delicious with my broccoli salad found here as well as on a green salad!


  1. 5 stars
    Such a simple spice blend that made the chicken extra delicious! I’m going to make a big batch of the spice blend – It’s a keeper! The blackened chicken makes for great leftovers for a salad.

    • I’m so happy you love this easy option! I agree, love it in a salad. Thank you!

  2. Another simple fantastic recipe. I tried to make ahead but ended up eating it before I could put it away!

    • So good it didn’t even make it to leftovers, I love it! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Last night, errands kept me from preparing dinner on time. I texted this recipe to my 17 and 13 year old boys. They made it. Not only was it good, we ate at a “normal” time. Thanks for making a great recipe – easy to follow and delicious. Also, we multiplied by 4 because …. walking stomachs.

    • I LOVE that your teens made this – what a win all around!

  4. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite fast and easy meals! With the date sauce WOWZA it is everything I need in healthy eating.

    • I love that this reached a “wowza” in your book, thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    My husband and I love the spice blend for this chicken. So easy to make in the air fryer too!

  6. 5 stars
    This spice blend has gone into my regular rotation… especially when I need a go-to, no-fail dinner! I usually make it with some form of your broccoli salad too… and a side of watermelon (your picture is great advertising! )

  7. My husband asks for this chicken almost weekly! I love to put it over a salad. The spice blend is fabulous!

    • I’m so thrilled this is in your regular rotation, thank you!

  8. Delicious! I like to make this and serve it over a salad.

    • Thank you! I love this one in a salad too!

  9. 5 stars
    I have been making this at least twice a month, if not more, for I don’t even know how long! It’s so easy, so delicious, and so versatile. I love it best as a blackened chicken Caesar salad! One of my favorite meal prep staples. 😋

    • Aw, I love that this has become a staple in your home! Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    I just made this on the grill and it was one of the most amazing pieces of chicken I have ever had! I also topped it with your date mustard.. needless to say it was a crowd pleaser!

    • Wahoo, happy this was a slam dunk for your family! I love how easy and tasty this one is!

    • I love this meal because it’s something my toddler will eat and it’s suuuper easy 🙌 and it’s super versatile you can serve it with anything. It’s one of my go-to easy recipes! If you don’t know what to make for dinner I would recommend this and chances are you have all the ingredients already 😉

      • Yes! This is totally one of my go-to’s when I’m not sure what’s for dinner and need something fast! Love that your toddler loves it too!


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