I haven't been to Gaido's in years, but I caught a craving for blackened-anything last week. I whipped up a batch of blackened chicken using this flavorful homemade rub. It was delicious, and I can't wait to try it with shrimp!
Blackening mix adapted from About.com
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1. Combine spices in a small bowl and mix well. Store in an airtight container.
Blackened chicken adapted from Allrecipes
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 tbsp blackening mix
1 tbsp olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pound chicken breasts to an even thickness. Pat dry and sprinkle with blackening mix on both sides.
2. Pour olive oil in a nonstick, oven-safe skillet. Heat over medium-high until shimmering but not smoking. Add chicken breasts and sear, about 3 minutes per side.
3. Place skillet in the preheated oven and bake until internal temperature is 165 degrees, 15-20 minutes.