You have your delicious blackened chicken recipe, but what should you serve with it? From southern style sides to dipping sauces and everything in between, I’ve gathered up some of the best side dishes that pair perfectly with your spicy blackened chicken!
The best side dishes for blackened chicken
So what to serve with blackened chicken?
Pair blackened chicken with your favorite sides to make a delicious meal.
What is blackened chicken?
Before we jump into what sides go with blackened chicken, let's answer an important question. What IS blackened chicken?
Blackened chicken is heavily seasoned with a special cajun spice mixture called blackening seasoning, then seared in a very hot skillet. It has a spicy blackened coating with a juicy interior. You’ll never want to eat plain chicken again!
Blackening Seasoning is a blend of spices with smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried basil, salt, and black pepper. Some also contain dark brown sugar, chili powder, or white pepper.
What sides go with blackened chicken?
Here are some of the absolute best blackened chicken side dishes to go with your main course!
Frequently Asked Questions
I prefer to use a high heat oil like avocado oil for blackening chicken. This neutral oil has a high smoke point, so it smokes less than others in a hot cast iron skillet. Olive oil and melted butter will usually cause more smoke.
The time it takes to cook blackened chicken depends on your cooking method. If you sear it in a skillet, then transfer to a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) to finish cooking, it should take about 12-15 additional minutes to reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
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