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Blackened Chicken Tacos

Blackened Chicken Tacos are an easy weeknight dinner. Healthy chicken tenders with savory Cajun seasonings and and all of your favorite Tex-Mex toppings. 

Blackened Chicken Tacos in corn shells

Blackened Chicken Tacos

Blackened Chicken has always been one of my favorites but I have only recently tried to make it at home. I used to get a blackened chicken sandwich from a little drive-thru restaurant in Arkansas that was amazing. I don’t know why it took me so long to try making it at home!

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Blackened Chicken Tacos with salsa and red onions

My husband is a whiz at coming up with amazing flavor combinations after catching several messes of large mouth bass, he decided to whip up some blackened fish, which led us to coming up with our own homemade Blackened Seasoning blend. It’s the perfect seasoning for these tacos!


How to Make Blackened Chicken Tacos:

Chicken coated in olive oil and blackened seasoning

  1. Pat chicken tenders dry with a paper towel and place in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over chicken and add Blackened Seasoning. Rub together, using your hands or a wooden spoon until chicken is completely coated. Blackened Chicken in a cast iron skillet
  2. Add olive oil to a cast iron skillet and heat to medium-high heat. Cook chicken tenders, searing on both sides until cooked through. Blackened Chicken in a cast iron skillet
  3. Set aside for 5 minutes before slicing for tacos. Blackened Chicken, taco shells, lettuce, red onions and salsa
  4. Serve blackened chicken with toasted corn tortillas, shredded cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and red onion. Salsa, or Pico de Gallo,guacamole and sour cream are also great additions. 

Blackened Chicken on a white plate

What is Blackened Chicken?

Blackened chicken is coated with Blackened Seasoning and cooked in a cast iron skillet that quickly sears the outside of the chicken. The seasonings blacken on the chicken and make a nice crust. It cooks quickly and has amazing flavors. 

Blackened Chicken Tacos with tomatoes, lettuce and red onion

Quick and Easy Side Dishes for Tacos:

Pineapple Cucumber Salad is fresh and delicious and so simple to make. Creamy Coleslaw is always a great side to spicy tacos! Grilled Mexican Street Corn is one of my absolute favorites with a creamy sauce and cotija cheese!

You’ll also love this Homemade Salsa  and Easy Guacamole to serve with your favorite tacos and don’t miss out on the classic Velveeta Cheese Dip made with just 2 ingredients!

More Tex-Mex Recipes to Try:

Brisket Tacos are one of my most favorite dinners, if you haven’t tried them yet, you are missing out.

Easy Chicken Tacos are made with grilled chicken tenders and these BBQ Chicken Tacos are a surefire dinner for any night of the week.

My kids love these Grilled Fish Tacos and they are a super easy dinner that’s also healthy!

Epic Creamy Chicken Enchiladas are always a crowd favorite. Brisket Nachos are so easy and always a hit with my guys. We also love taco salad with salsa ranch dressing!

Blackened Chicken Tacos on a white plate

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Tips for Cooking Blackened Chicken:

We have been making our blackened chicken and fish in our outdoor kitchen using our propane burner, we love it for making our Southern Fried Shrimp.  You could also use your grill but traditional blackened chicken is made in a cast iron skillet

We are using olive oil for this Blackened Chicken to make it a little healthier, butter is the traditional choice for blackened chicken and fish, use which ever you prefer. 




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Blackened Chicken Tacos in corn shells
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Blackened Chicken Tacos

Blackened Chicken Tacos are an easy weeknight dinner. Healthy chicken tenders with savory Cajun seasonings and and all of your favorite Tex-Mex toppings. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackened chicken, Cajun tacos, chicken tacos
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 812kcal
Author: Milisa


For Blackened Chicken

For Tacos

  • 12 taco shells
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes


  • Add chicken tenders to a large bowl and coat with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle Blackened Seasoning over chicken and toss with your hands until well coated.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a hot cast iron skillet. Add half of chicken and cook over medium-high heat, turning after about 3 minutes. Continue cooking until lightly charred on both sides and internal temperature is 165°. Repeat with remaining chicken
  • Remove to a plate to rest 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Heat taco shells according to package directions.
  • Serve tacos with lettuce, cheese, salsa, onion, tomatoes and any of your favorite Tex-Mex toppings like guacamole, sour cream and jalapenos.


Serving: 2g | Calories: 812kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 41g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 2968mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g

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