Blackened Chicken Recipe

With Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

Rock your taste buds with this blackened chicken recipe and avocado cilantro cream sauce.

blackened chicken with an avocado cream sauce

I have this fabulous blackened fish recipe that is super popular on Pinterest (you can follow my low carb pinboard here,) and I wanted to jazz up some chicken breasts. Enter ripe avocados that needed to be used, and this recipe took shape.

I love the way the cool and fresh Avocado Cilantro Cream sauce balances the spicy, flavorful blackened chicken. I think the combination of the two is what made it special.

Let's start with the blackening seasoning. This will make enough to use several times. I'm guessing I used 1/4 or so for this recipe, but it's a great thing to have stashed in the pantry for throwing together that quick meal.

Ingredients for Blackening Seasoning:

  • 2/3 cup paprika
  • 3 Tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons of Lawry's Seasoning Salt
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons gumbo file powder

Combine, then put 1/4 to 1/3 of the mixture on a plate. Stash the rest in a jar and label "Blackening Seasoning." Use for fish, shrimp, etc.

Take 4 chicken breasts sprinkled with sea salt and lightly coat in the seasoning mixture. Trust me when I say lightly. This seasoning is heavy on flavor, and there's no need to cake it on.

Put chicken in a buttered baking dish and cook for 50-60 minutes at 325 degrees Farenheit, or until internal chicken temp is 165 per a meat thermometer.

While the chicken is cooking, you'll want to whip up this cool sauce.

Ingredients for Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/3 cup Fage Total Greek Yogurt, full fat, plain
  • 1 "handful" cilantro leaves, fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Put the above ingredients in your food processor (I use a Ninja- these are the BEST things ever!) Whirl until smooth.

When the chicken is cooked through, serve with a generous portion of sauce. You won't be sorry! Enjoy.

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