Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blackened Chicken

Have you ever been to Mardi Gras? Our oldest son went last year. I figured it would be better not to ask a lot of questions. I have been to New Orleans. I stood on the corner of Bourbon Street when I was 19 years old. Mardi Gras had ended the week before so I thought it would be tame. I was surprised at the shops and what some of the shops sold. 
Isn't it funny how worldly you think you are at 19? On that day, I walked with two friends down the street gawking. Did you see that? I think my friends did not want to tarnish all of my naivety and took me over to the water. Please don't feel for me. I was the one who wanted her photo taken under the Bourbon Street sign. 
 New Orleans was a beautiful city and it was the first place I ever tried blackened chicken. So in celebration of Mardi Gras, here is blackened chicken. 

 Blackened Chicken

1 1/2 Tbsp parika
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne powder
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano
1  Tbsp olive oil
3 chicken breast
cooking spray

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all of the spices. Set aside.
  3. In an oven safe skillet, heat the oil on the stove top over medium heat.
  4. Add the chicken breast and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Turn the chicken over and the side facing up spray with cooking spray.
  6. Sprinkle a little of the mixed spices on top of the chicken.
  7. Turn the chicken over and repeat on the other side with the cooking spray and the seasoning. Cook the chicken for 2 minutes.
  8. Turn the chicken over again and cover the skillet with foil or an oven proof cover.
  9. Transfer the skillet to the oven.
  10. Cook the chicken in the oven for about 20 to 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Time will vary depending the thickness of your chicken breast.
Recipe adapted from Cooks.com.
 Did you already know..........
-Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French.
-It is the last day of the several weeks of celebration in New Orleans. 
-Mardi Gras is the day before Lent begins.

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