If you’ve ever had Cajun-spiced chicken, you know it’s one of life’s great culinary triumphs. And if you haven’t, you should probably do something about it—starting with this recipe, perhaps. Grilled chicken covered in Cajun seasoning and a hint of sweetness from a touch of brown sugar is a perfect pairing with our Maple Bourbon Bacon Chopped Salad Kit. This salad kit features crisp romaine lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, green onion, carrots, smoky bacon, crunchy golden honey almonds, and, of course, that sweet Maple Bourbon Vinaigrette. If that sounds like a lot of flavor, that’s because it is.
Pat dry the chicken breast, add a drizzle of oil, season with brown sugar and cajun seasoning, and grill on the BBQ.
Assemble your Maple Bourbon Chopped Salad Kit with dressing and toppings. Add the chicken on top. Enjoy!
Oops… No Cajun Seasoning on Hand?
Few seasoning blends are as bold and flavorful as Cajun seasoning. And while you can find plenty of pre-made brands at grocery stores, if you keep a stock of several common herbs and spices in your cabinet, you probably have what you need to assemble your own Cajun seasoning blend. Plus, you can tailor it to your own preferences.
Here’s a basic recipe you can use to throw together a homemade Cajun seasoning blend:
3 Tablespoons paprika (smoked paprika is even better)
2 Tablespoons fine salt
2 Tablespoons garlic powder
1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon ground white pepper
1 Tablespoons onion powder
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
1 Tablespoon cayenne
1/2 Tablespoon dried thyme
Get all your ingredients together, mix thoroughly, and you’re all set. The blend will last up to a year when stored in an airtight container or jar.
Great! But What Else Can I Use it With?
Now that you’ve put in all this hard work and labor to make your own spice blend, what else can you do with it? Cajun seasoning goes great with lots of foods, but here are some ideas to get started with:
Seafood: Cajun seasoning pairs perfectly with most any seafood. Sprinkle it on tilapia before coating it in flour and frying it, add it to shrimp, or try it out on deep-fried catfish.
Chicken: Rub Cajun seasoning on chicken breasts before grilling or broiling them.
Vegetables: Use your Cajun seasoning to add flavor to roasted or grilled vegetables like peppers, onions, and zucchini.
Rice and beans: Simmer a pot of rice, beans, and andouille sausage with a heaping portion of Cajun seasoning for an easy and filling meal bursting with the flavors of the bayou.
And that’s just the start. You can also add it to popcorn, eggs, fried potatoes, and pretty much anything else you think would benefit from a bold dose of flavor. Feel free to get creative and taste as you go—you don’t want to overdo it with this stuff. Enjoy!