Cajun Chicken that is wonderfully juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside with just the right amount of spice all over.
About Cajun Chicken Recipe
This Cajun Chicken packs all your favorite Cajun seasonings into juicy, crispy breaded chicken tenders for the ultimate palate pleasing experience. I am a major food texture person, so I absolutely love the combination of crunchy on the outside, moist chicken on the inside in all its varieties…and there are TONS of scrumptious varieties but these Cajun Chicken is my favorite!
These Cajun Chicken is breaded in a combination of Cajun spiced cornmeal and panko breadcrumbs and then browned (not fried!) in a skillet to create a perfectly toasted, spicy exterior. If you have never used cornmeal in your chicken breading before, I also use it in my Oven Baked Chicken because it adds an extra element of crunch that can’t be beat!
And please don’t let the word “spicy” scare you off – this Cajun Chicken doesn’t have to be spicy – you can use less cayenne pepper or omit it completely.
What spices are in Cajun chicken?
This Cajun Chicken boasts homemade Cajun seasoning because homemade Cajun seasoning is SO easy – I bet you already have all of the spices in your pantry. Homemade Cajun Seasoning allows you to customize the spice level and keeps you from having to run to the grocery store. To make Cajun seasoning, sir together:
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- smoked paprika
- black pepper
- onion power
- cayenne pepper
- dried oregano
How to Make Cajun Chicken
Step 1: Mix cornmeal, panko breadcrumbs and seasoning in a bowl.
Step 2: In a second bowl, whisk together egg and milk.
Step 3: Add chicken to a freezer bag (or bowl) and toss with 1/3 cup flour until well coated. Remove chicken and tap off any excess flour.
Step 4: Dip chicken in egg/milk bowl and let excess drip off.
Step 5: Place chicken in a new freezer bag and pour cornmeal/panko/seasoning into the bag and toss until well coated, pressing breading into the chicken (through the bag), OR place chicken into a bowl and toss until well coated, pressing breading into the chicken with fingers
Step 6: Heat enough oil in a large nonstick skillet to cover the bottom of your pan over medium high heat. Once hot, gently add chicken breasts and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes or until browned on one side. Gently turn chicken over with tongs, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and continue cooking until chicken is crispy and cooked through, approximately 5-7 minutes (depending on thickness of your chicken). Cook in batches if necessary.
Step 7: Dip Cajun Chicken in peach salsa and enjoy!
What goes with Cajun Chicken?
I love to serve Cajun chicken with sweet Peach Barbecue Sauce. The combination of the crunchy, spicy Cajun Chicken with the smooth, sweet and slightly tangy barbecue sauce is divine.
To make the peach barbecue sauce, combine ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, spices and peaches to a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until peaches are tender.
When peaches are tender, add barbecue sauce to a blender and pulse to desired consistency. You want to take care not to cover your blender completely or it will explode – I suggest lifting a corner of the lid and covering this part with a paper towel.
At this point you have wonderfully smooth, sweet Peach Barbecue sauce that is the perfect companion to your spicy Cajun Chicken.
The Peach Barbecue Sauce simmers away as you prepare your Cajun Chicken, so the meal comes together quite quickly. If you don’t have time or don’t have any peaches on hand, you can use regular barbecue sauce or even ranch as dip, but definitely try the Peach Barbecue Sauce at some point because it is delish!
Looking for more Cajun Recipes?
- Cajun Chicken Pasta
- Cajun Salmon with Mango, Pineapple, Avocado Salsa
- Cajun Chicken Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls
- Cajun Pork with Pineapple Glaze
- Cajun Steak with Apricot Orange Glaze
- Cajun Tuna Casserole
- Cajun Honey Mustard Chicken
- Cajun Chicken Pasta Soup
- Cajun Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Apple Balsamic Reduction
- Cajun Chicken
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