Recipe: 3-Ingredient Oven-Baked Cajun Chicken Breasts

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Oven-Baked Cajun Chicken Breasts

Kelli Foster
Dec 4, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

Here is all the proof you need that you don't need much to cook up really great chicken breast for dinner. On its own the quick-cooking meat is plain and mild-mannered, but with a little help from the spice cabinet and a staple we all have in the fridge, you'll get a juicy, super-savory, and slightly smoky piece of chicken.

Make it once and it's likely to become a regular in your meal plan. It's a chicken dinner that's not just good, but one you'll be excited about eating — and it comes together with three simple ingredients.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

Melted Butter + Cajun Seasoning + Chicken Breast

All you need to bring this tender, deeply flavored chicken breast to the table is a jar of Cajun seasoning (you'll want to buy the salt-free kind) and a few pats of butter. Cajun seasoning is a simple spice blend that typically contains a mix of paprika, garlic and onion powders, dried thyme, and a hint of cayenne. It has a warm, smoky aroma, with a mild heat that warms up your tongue, but doesn't cross into spicy territory. The butter is essential, as it lends lean chicken breast a hint of richness and keeps it juicy, while also giving it a gorgeous golden-brown color.

3-Ingredient Oven-Baked Cajun Chicken Breasts

Serves 4

Prep time: 5 minutes ; cooking time: 25 minutes to 35 minutes

  • 3 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon

    salt-free Cajun seasoning blend

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 4

    boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds total)

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F.

Place the melted butter, Cajun seasoning, and salt in a small bowl and stir until completely combined.

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place the chicken in a 9x13-inch baking dish, spaced slightly apart. Brush the chicken all over with the spiced-butter mixture.

Bake until the chicken is golden-brown, cooked through, and registers 165°F on an instant read thermometer, 25 to 35 minutes depending on the size of the chicken (start checking at 20 minutes).

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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