Blackened Chicken

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.


Blackened Chicken


  • 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 cut into strips


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

  2. Heat a large skillet on the stove on high heat (*or it's delicious cooked on a grill if you have one!).

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

  4. 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 still not cooked through, reduce to medium heat and cook covered for 5 more minutes, until no longer pink in the middle. 

Recipe Notes

Air Fryer Modification: Cook at 400 for 10 minutes, flipping once.

Delicious with my broccoli salad found here.