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Cajun Chicken Recipe

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This cajun chicken recipe is easy, healthy, and ready in just 30 minutes! It’s a great weeknight dinner made with simple ingredients that the whole family will love. Juicy pieces of chicken are cooked in a skillet along with veggies and Cajun seasoning. Serve it over long-grain rice, quinoa, or pasta for a complete meal.

Bowl of Cajun chicken and veggies.

The ingredients in this dish are common except the Cajun seasoning. If you can’t find the seasoning in your local grocery stores, you can make a batch of your own Cajun seasonings or buy it online at Amazon.com. Cajun seasoning is the not-so-secret ingredient that you need to make this recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This Cajun chicken recipe is:

  • Easy to make
  • Healthy
  • Ready in 30 minutes
  • A great weeknight dinner

Let’s take a quick look at how to make this winning chicken dinner.

Ingredients

This simple chicken skillet dinner is full of flavor and is easy to make. You will need the following ingredients to make Cajun chicken:

Chicken, red bell pepper, mushrooms, broccoli, seasonings, and oil.
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, skinless boneless, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup red bell peppers, cut in cubes
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon honey, optional
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes

How To Make Cajun Chicken in a Skillet

Place chicken pieces in a large bowl and add 1 tablespoon of the cajun seasoning,1 tablespoon oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside for 15 minutes.

Prepare the vegetables.

Chopped vegetables on a wooden board.

Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat with the remaining oil. Add chicken and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 5 – 6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.

Chicken being cooked in a skillet.
Cook chicken.

In the same skillet, add the onion and stir-fry on medium heat until tender.

Onions sautéing in a skillet.
Saute onions.

Add garlic, bell peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning mix. Cook until the vegetables are fragrant.

Mushrooms, bell peppers, and broccoli in a skillet.
Add garlic, bell pepper, broccoli, and mushrooms.

Add butter and butter back into the skillet. Stir to melt butter.

Pour honey and sprinkle with chili flakes. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until heated through.

Remove and serve over rice, quinoa, or even on top of a bowl of pasta.

Feel free to garnish this with fresh parsley and even a little squeeze of lime juice for added flavor.

While this is super easy to make during the weeknight, to save even more time you can season your chicken and prep the veggies the night before. Keep them refrigerated until you get ready to cook.

Notes

While some people may prefer to have steaks on the rare side, that isn’t safe when cooking chicken. Be sure to cook the chicken until it is cooked through and no longer pink in the center. An internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit is considered safe to eat.

If you are on a low-carb or keto diet, serve this dish by itself (10 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber per serving) or on top of riced cauliflower.

Skillet filled with seasoned chicken and vegetables.

Because you will be cooking small pieces of chicken, it will be difficult to actually use a thermometer properly. One thing that I do to test chicken is to see if it will easily “cut” in half with a spatula or spoon. If it does and the inside is not pink, it should be cooked well.

If you like Cajun dishes, you’ll probably love our recipe for Cajun Shrimp and Cajun Chili.

Bowl of Cajun chicken with red bell peppers and broccoli.

Cajun Chicken Recipe

Lynda – Southern Kissed
You'll love the tender pieces of chicken cooked with broccoli, red bell pepper mushroom and onions that have been seasoned in a Cajun spice mixture!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 291 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound chicken breasts skinless boneless, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup red bell peppers cut into cubes
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon honey optional
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes

Instructions
 

  • Place chicken pieces in a large bowl and add 1 tablespoon of the cajun seasoning,1 tablespoon oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Prepare the vegetables.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat with the remaining oil. Add chicken and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 5 – 6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the onion and stir-fry on medium heat until tender. Add garlic, bell peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning mix. Cook until the vegetables are fragrant.
  • Add butter and butter back into the skillet. Stir to melt butter.
  • Pour honey and sprinkle with chili flakes. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until heated through.
  • Remove and serve over rice, quinoa, or even on top of a bowl of pasta.

Notes

Feel free to garnish this with fresh parsley and even a little squeeze of lime juice for added flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 27gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 195mgPotassium: 779mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 3316IUVitamin C: 72mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 2mg
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