Easy and Fabulous Blackened Chicken Breasts

This chicken is tender, packed with flavor and darn right delicious! It’s gluten-free, Paleo and dairy-free too. The seasonings are perfect with just a hint of spice. Most blackened recipes are way to spicy for my taste, but not this blend.
Each serving has 168 calories, 5 grams of fat and 1 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients for Seasoning:

2 tablespoons smoked paprika, see shopping tips

2 teaspoons onion powder

1½ teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne pepper)

Ingredients for Chicken:

4 chicken breasts (4 ounces each), boneless, skinless

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil


1. In a small bowl, mix together all seasoning ingredients. Spread out on a plate.

2. Pat chicken breasts dry.  Dip each piece into seasonings and coat on each side. Be sure each breast is coated well.

3. Heat olive oil in a large, nonstick pan. When pan is hot, add chicken, cover and cook over medium heat for 4 minutes. Using a spatula, turn chicken over, cover and continue to cook about 3-4 minutes, until chicken is done.

Makes 4 servings (each serving, 4 ounces)

Food Fact

Blackened means food such as chicken or fish coated with spices and sautéed quickly over high heat so that the outside chars.

Shopping Tips
I love the flavor of smoked paprika so much more than regular paprika! It smells like BBQ flavors and really enhances the flavor of any recipe that uses paprika. I strongly recommend using it in this recipe. You’ll find it in most supermarkets in the spice aisle. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints
Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 chicken breast
168 calories, 5g fat, 2g sat. fat, 55mg chol, 23g prot, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 292mg sod, 1g sugar 
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
40 calories, 1g sat. fat, 0g sugar, 0g protein