Cajun Chicken turns ho-hum boneless chicken breasts into a bold delicious dinner recipe! Lightly pan fried with classic spices, this chicken has amazing texture and a sauce you’ll love!
You don’t need to travel to New Orleans to enjoy cajun flavors at home!
This delicious chicken recipe has a wonderful texture and is done cooking in less than 20 minutes.
It’s easy to get a full dinner on the table in 30 minutes.
Serve it over rice or pasta with a simple side dish and Bananas Foster for dessert!
Easy Cajun Chicken Recipe
If you are a Jambalaya fan you already have a sense of what this Cajun Chicken is like.
The classic bold Cajun spices are mixed into a flour coating used before the chicken is pan fried to perfection.
It’s finished in a simple homemade tomato cream sauce perfect for drizzling over rice, pasta or mashed potatoes.
What is Cajun Seasoning?
It’s a spice blend found in Cajun cooking in Louisiana. The Cajuns are French in origin and blended their cooking with influence of West Africa, Spain and France.
The food is considered rustic and relaxed. Cajun seasoning if usually personalized but in general it has cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
Each dish or family may change it up.
Recipe Ingredients + Notes
Boneless skinless Chicken breasts. Select chicken breasts that are similar size. The cooking time is based on an 8-ounce chicken breast size.
The combination of spices create a slightly spicy Cajun flavor that mixes with the flour. Some of the cayenne pepper goes into the tomato sauce too.
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Chili powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Black pepper
All purpose flour. Used with the spices to create a coating for the chicken. It makes a delicious outside texture and keeps the chicken moist and juicy inside.
Regular or gluten-free flour blend can be used. I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free 1-to-1 Flour blend.
Olive oil. Used to pan fry the chicken.
Unsalted butter. Used with the olive oil for pan frying the chicken.
Tomato paste. Just a little is added to the pan juices to create a final sauce for the chicken.
Chicken stock. Low Sodium stock is suggested. This will be used to make the sauce.
Heavy cream. The final ingredient to give the sauce a creamy touch.
Chicken Breast Size
Boneless skinless chicken breasts can vary wildly in size. What was a standard size of around 8-ounces can range up to almost 12-14 ounces now.
Try to find chicken breasts that are close to 8 ounces and all similar in size.
Having them all the same size will ensure they all cook in the same amount of time.
If using larger chicken breasts check the internal temperature of the chicken to ensure it is fully cooked.
How to Make it – Step-by-Step
STEP 1. Dredge the Chicken.
Lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper.
In a bowl combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (photo 1). Mix well.
Dredge (dip) each chicken breast in the flour mixture on both sides to coat (photo 2).
STEP 2. Cook the Chicken Breasts.
In a large sauce pan or skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat (photo 3).
Add the chicken breasts and cook 5 minutes on one side (photo 4). Flip over and cook 5 additional minutes on the other side (photo 5).
They will be golden brown and should be cooked through. They should measure aproximately 160 degrees F internal temperature.
NOTE: they will cook longer in the sauce and when they rest while the sauce is made.
Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
STEP 3. Make the Sauce.
Lower heat to low. Add the tomato paste (photo 6), chicken stock, heavy cream and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cayenned pepper to the pan (photo 7).
Bring to a simmer. Simmer stirring often for 4 minutes.
STEP 4. Finishing the Cajun Chicken in the Sauce.
Add the chicken back to the pan with the sauce. Turn the chicken to coat with the sauce (photo 8).
Cook 2 minutes more spooning the sauce over the chicken to coat.
How to Serve it
Serve the Cajun chicken breasts over rice, pasta or mashed potatoes spooning the sauce over the top.
Recipe FAQ’s + Pro Tips
Use same size chicken breasts. Even if they are over 8-ounces each this will allow the cooking time for all of them to be the same.
Use an Instant Thermometer to check internal temperature. Chicken is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. This is best checked with an instant food thermometer.
After the chicken has cooked in the pan, it can be around 160 degrees.
The temperature will still rise while it rests out of the pan when the sauce is being made.
It will cook slightly more when added back to the sauce too.
How can I Make it Spicier?
First, always taste before adding more spices. If you like spicy heat, taste the sauce as made.
Want it hotter (spicier)? Add more cayenne pepper a little at a time until you like it.
How can I Make it less Spicy?
Omit the cayenne pepper from the sauce. The cayenne in the flour dredge with all flavor and a little bit of heat.
The main spiciness will be in the sauce. If you remove the cayenne it will be a creamy tomato sauce with no spices.
Store any leftover chicken with the sauce in a sealed container. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat on a lower cooking power in the microwave until warm. This helps keep it from drying out.
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- 4 boneless skinless Chicken breasts 2 pounds total
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper divided
- 1 teaspoon salt plus more for seasoning the chicken
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper plus more for seasoning the chicken
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour regular or gluten-free flour blend*
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 1 cup chicken stock
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- Lightly season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
- In a medium bowl whisk to combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper.
- Dredge (dip) the chicken breasts in the flour mixture to fully coat on all sides.
- In a large skillet or Dutch oven, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the chicken to the skillet and cook 5 minutes. Flip over and cook 5 additional minutes on the opposite side until the coating is golden brown and the chicken registers 160-165 degrees internal temperature. Transfer chicken to a plate.
- Lower the heat to low.
- Add the tomato paste, chicken stock, heavy cream and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the same pan, stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring often for 4 minutes.
- Return the chicken breasts to the sauce and turn to coat both sides of the chicken. Cook for 2 more minutes spooning the sauce over the chicken if desired.
- Serve over rice, mashed potatoes or pasta, spooning extra sauce over the chicken.
● If you want to make it more “fresh” add some chopped fresh tomatoes and onions on top.
You had me at cajun! I am always down for some cajun food!
Sara Welch says
Tried this for dinner last night and it was a hit all around the table! Easily, a new family favorite recipe!
So many amazing flavors in this chicken! YUM!
YUM! Such a fantastic weeknight dinner!! My family loved it.
This was a perfect way to change up our boring menu! It is creamy and flavorful and still very easy to get on the table on a busy night. So good, my family gave it two thumbs up!
This was so delicious…anything Cajun is one of our favorite flavors. Going into the dinner rotation now.
Haley Williams says
Love the kick of flavor in this! The photos are super helpful for following the recipe. Thanks!
YUM!!! I love this Cajun Chicken delicious version!!!