Blackened Chicken + Mango Salsa

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Blackened Chicken paired with Fresh Mango Salsa creates a harmonious blend of sweet and savory flavors that tantalize the taste buds with every bite. And with our Badass Blackened Seasoning, you have the flexibility to adjust the heat level from mild to wild, all while enjoying the simplicity of its preparation.

Whether you lean towards a gentle nudge of flavor or crave an intense burst of taste, our Badass Blackened Seasoning perfectly enhances an array of proteins—from chicken and fish to seafood and even tofu. It boasts a warm, smoky profile rather than overwhelming heat. Paired with Fresh Mango Salsa, it’s a guaranteed winner for any meal.

Blackened Chicken topped with Fresh mango Salsa

Plus, with mangoes in season all year long you can whip up this tropical dish anytime of the year.

Fresh mango salsa in a bowl on a old blue wooden background.
Fresh Mango Salsa
A close-up view of Badass Blackened Seasoning spice blend in a glass jar with a spoon, featuring visible herbs and spices, with the jar slightly open on a marble countertop.
Badass Blackened Seasoning
Blackened Chicken topped with Fresh mango Salsa

No, it leans towards smokiness rather than intense heat. Customize it to your liking! While our recipe serves as an excellent starting point, feel free to tailor the spice level by reducing the amount of cayenne. Halve or quarter the quantity if you prefer a milder flavor. Remember, recipes are merely suggestions, and you have the power to adjust them according to your preferences. Now, let’s get back to the chicken!

Perfectly Blackened Bone-In Chicken: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Prepare the Chicken: Start by ensuring your bone-in chicken pieces are of uniform size for even cooking. Pat them dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture, which can interfere with the blackening process.

  2. Season with Badass Blackened Seasoning: Generously coat both sides of the chicken pieces with the Badass Blackened Seasoning, ensuring the seasoning adheres well to the meat. Adjust the amount of seasoning based on your preference for spice.

  3. Heat the Skillet: Place a cast-iron skillet or heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Allow the skillet to preheat for a few minutes until it’s hot enough to sear the chicken.

  4. Add Oil: Once the skillet is hot, add a small amount of oil with a high smoke point, such as canola or vegetable oil. Swirl the oil to coat the bottom of the skillet evenly.

  5. Sear the Chicken: Carefully place the seasoned bone-in chicken pieces in the hot skillet, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Allow the chicken to cook undisturbed for 5-6 minutes on the first side until it develops a dark, caramelized crust.

  6. Flip and Cook: Using tongs, carefully flip the chicken pieces and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes on the other side until they are cooked through and reach an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).

  7. Rest and Serve: Once cooked, transfer the blackened bone-in chicken pieces to a plate or cutting board and allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps the juices redistribute, resulting in moist and flavorful chicken.

  8. Enjoy: Serve the blackened bone-in chicken hot with your favorite sides, such as rice, roasted vegetables, or Fresh Mango Salsa. Revel in the smoky flavor and succulent texture of perfectly blackened chicken!

Perfectly Blackened Boneless Chicken: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Prepare the Chicken: Ensure boneless chicken breasts are of uniform thickness for even cooking. Pat them dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

  2. Season with Badass Blackened Seasoning: Generously coat both sides of the chicken breasts with the Badass Blackened Seasoning, pressing it into the meat for even coverage.

  3. Preheat the Skillet: Place a skillet over medium-high heat and allow it to preheat for a few minutes until hot.

  4. Add Oil: Once the skillet is hot, add a small amount of oil with a high smoke point, such as canola or vegetable oil. Swirl the oil to coat the bottom of the skillet.

  5. Sear the Chicken: Carefully place the seasoned chicken breasts in the hot skillet, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Cook undisturbed for 5-6 minutes on the first side until a dark, caramelized crust forms.

  6. Flip and Cook: Using tongs, carefully flip the chicken breasts and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes on the other side until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).

  7. Rest and Serve: Remove the blackened chicken breasts from the skillet and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in tender and juicy chicken.

  8. Enjoy: Serve the blackened boneless chicken hot with your favorite sides, such as rice, salad, or grilled vegetables. Savor the smoky flavor and succulent texture of perfectly blackened chicken.

Enhance Your Culinary Skills: A Sensory Approach to Cooking

Cooking Tip: Embrace all your senses while in the kitchen. Even if a recipe suggests high heat, it doesn’t dictate maintaining scorching temperatures consistently. Should you notice anything cooking too swiftly or fiercely, tweak the heat gradually until you achieve the ideal equilibrium. Keep in mind that stoves, pans, and kitchen tools differ, so customize your approach with each recipe accordingly.

Blackened Chicken breasts with Badass Blackened Seasoning resting on a white plate.
Butter sizzling in a cast iron pan that's ready to cook blackened chicken.
Blackened chicken cooking breast side down in a hot cast iron pan.
Blackened Chicken ready for the oven.
Blackened chicken finishing up cooking a cast iron pan.
Blackened Chicken topped with Fresh mango Salsa

Plating: If preferred, remove the chicken bones, then plate the chicken and generously spoon Fresh Mango Salsa over the top. Serve with a side of rice if desired.

Blackened Chicken topped with Fresh mango Salsa

Safe Handling of Raw Chicken: Tips and Reasons to Avoid Washing

  1. Use Separate Cutting Boards: Always use separate cutting boards for raw chicken and other ingredients to prevent cross-contamination. Designate one cutting board specifically for raw poultry and another for fruits, vegetables, and other foods.

  2. Wash Hands Thoroughly: Wash your hands with soap and hot water before and after handling raw chicken to prevent the spread of bacteria. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

  3. Store Chicken Properly: Store raw chicken in the refrigerator or freezer in leak-proof containers or sealed plastic bags to prevent juices from leaking onto other foods. Place raw chicken on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to prevent any drippings from contaminating other foods.

  4. Avoid Washing Chicken: Contrary to popular belief, washing raw chicken under running water is not recommended. Washing chicken can actually spread harmful bacteria, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, to kitchen surfaces, utensils, and other foods through splashing water droplets.

  5. Cook Chicken Thoroughly: Cooking chicken to the appropriate internal temperature is the most effective way to kill harmful bacteria. Use a food thermometer to ensure that chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C) in the thickest part of the meat.

  6. Clean and Sanitize Surfaces: Clean and sanitize all surfaces, utensils, and cutting boards that come into contact with raw chicken using hot, soapy water and a sanitizing solution. This helps prevent the spread of bacteria to other foods during food preparation.

  7. Use Disposable Gloves: Consider wearing disposable gloves when handling raw chicken to minimize direct contact with the meat and reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

  8. Avoid Thawing at Room Temperature: Thaw frozen chicken safely in the refrigerator, under cold running water, or in the microwave. Avoid thawing chicken at room temperature, as this can promote bacterial growth.

  9. Dispose of Packaging Properly: Dispose of raw chicken packaging and any juices that accumulate in the packaging in a sealed plastic bag before discarding them in the trash. This helps prevent bacteria from spreading to other surfaces.

  10. Educate Others: Educate family members, friends, and kitchen staff about the importance of safe handling practices when it comes to raw chicken to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

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How to Make Blackened Chicken & Mango Salsa

Blackened Chicken with fresh mango salsa in a white bowl.

Blackened Chicken & Mango Salsa

Blackened Chicken + Fresh Mango Salsa is a natural flavor combination. It packs a punch of sweet and savory in every bite. Plus, if you use our Badass Blackened Seasoning, you can make the heat mild or wild and it's super easy to make too!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings

Equipment

  • Cast iron pan

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, bone-in skin-on
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Badass Blackened Seasoning, find recipe above
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups Fresh Mango Salsa, find recipe above

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C
    Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C
  • Dry chicken breasts with a paper towel and rub with olive oil all over, liberally sprinkle with Badass Blackened Seasoning and gently pat to make sure the seasoning properly adheres to the chicken. Place the breasts on a plate and allow them to sit for 5 minutes to allow the seasoning to bond to the chicken breasts.
    Blackened Chicken breasts with Badass Blackened Seasoning resting on a white plate.
  • Meanwhile, heat the cast iron pan over a high flame, then toss in the butter...
    Butter sizzling in a cast iron pan that's ready to cook blackened chicken.
  • Add the Blackened Seasoned Chicken breast side down and allow it to brown for approximately 5 minutes. If the pan becomes too hot and smells like the chicken may be burning then reduce the heat as needed. You need high heat to properly blacken the chicken. (You'll see I'm cooking one at a time, to give them room to brown and not steam).
    Blackened chicken cooking breast side down in a hot cast iron pan.
  • Check to make sure the breasts are browned and flip to the other side to brown. If you are browning in stages, then move the browned breast to a plate and finish blackening the rest of your chicken.
    Blackened chicken finishing up cooking a cast iron pan.
  • Return the chicken to the pan (if needed) and place into the preheated oven, bake for 35-45 minutes until you reach an internal temperature of 160°F/71°C. Depending on the size of the breasts adjust the cooking time accordingly. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
    Blackened Chicken ready for the oven.
  • You can debone the chicken if desired, plate and spoon Fresh Mango Salsa over the top and serve with a side of rice if desired.
    Blackened Chicken topped with Fresh mango Salsa

Notes

  • Prep time is approximate and does include making Badass Blackend Seasoning or Fresh Mango Salsa, but both are eay to make and well worth the effort. You can easily prep and make the salsa while the chicken cooks. 
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    1. I can’t handle much spice so I love fruits with spicy food. This mango salsa sounds so delicious!

      1. Hey, Kim! Our Badass Blackened Seasoning is actually quite smokey in flavor as opposed to spicy and the Mango Salsa pairs so well with it, thanks so much so glad that you like it! 🙂

    2. This looks amazing, I am going to add it to our next meal plan as I know it will be a big hit in our house. Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday 🙂

      1. So glad that you are going to make this please be sure to share your results with us, Paula!! 🙂

    3. This sounds delicious! I love chicken, but tofu would be great. Never would have thought about that.

      1. I love chicken too, Colleen, but it’s always nice to have options for our veggie friends too! 🙂

    4. I think I m actually most excited for that blackened rub!! I ve never tried that before at home. Looks delicious!!

      1. Thank you, Fotodor! You can use it on so many dishes too 🙂

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