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Spicy Baked Chicken

Spicy Baked Chicken

This spicy baked chicken is an easy recipe that you can put together in just a few minutes. The rest is hands-off. Once seasoned, the chicken sits in the refrigerator getting all flavorful. Then, it’s baking time, about 1 hour to a juicy and delicious chicken dinner. With only 4 ingredients, this dinner is budget friendly and no-fuss too!

 

In this recipe we use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drums, which are super affordable. Plus the legs and thighs can be cooked for a long time and they stay juicy and flavorful.

 

The chicken is seasoned with 3 ingredients: blackened seasoning, soy sauce and chopped parsley. That’s it! The blackened seasoning and soy sauce are combined to make a thick paste that adds amazing flavor.

 

A raw seasoned chicken thigh on a baking sheet.

 

Blackened seasoning (or blackening seasoning) is pretty common. You should have no trouble finding it in the spice aisle of most large grocery stores.

 

The ingredients for blackened seasoning usually include paprika, salt, garlic and onion powder, cayenne pepper and other herbs and spices. The exact ingredients vary, depending on the brand. For example, the brand we use for this recipe includes fennel seeds, which isn’t common, but we really like it.

 

Check the ingredients in the blackened seasoning for salt. If it contains salt, don’t add extra. It’s the first ingredient in the mix we use and it was seasoned plenty.

 

For more delicious recipes using blackened seasoning try this blackened shrimp and creamy pasta, or these blackened shrimp tacos.

 

To make this easy spicy chicken recipe you will need

 

3 tablespoons Blackened Seasoning (blackening seasoning)

2 tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce

2½ – 3 pounds Chicken, drums and thighs, skin on and bone in (we made 10 pieces, which was just shy of 3 pounds)

1-2 tablespoons Parsley, chopped

 

 

To bake the chicken you will also need

 

1 pan or large plate/platter, to keep the seasoned chicken in the refrigerator

Plastic wrap, to cover the seasoned chicken

1 large baking sheet

1 large cooling rack that fits in the large baking sheet

Cooking spray, or oil to lightly rub the rack

 

Prep work

 

Remove any excess fat from the chicken. Chicken thighs especially are sold with a good amount of fat attached. The best way to trim the fat is with kitchen shears. Just cut it right off!

 

Prepare the seasoning mix by combining the blackened seasoning and the soy sauce in a small bowl. Stir well to combine. You should end up with a nice thick paste.

 

Remove the stems from the parsley, leaving only the leaves, and chop it fine.

 

Spicy Baked Chicken Ingredients, the chicken, blackened seasoning paste and chopped parsley arranged on a wood cutting board

 

 

Let’s season the chicken

 

Ok, this part isn’t pretty. You need to rub the chicken with the blackened seasoning paste. The best (only) way to do this is with your hands. Grab a bit of paste and a piece of chicken and rub it all over. Place it back on the pan and repeat with all the pieces.

 

My husband asked if I wanted a picture of this step and I said “No, thank you!” I’ll describe the process. It’s messy, no doubt, but totally worth it!

 

Arrange the chicken, skin side up, on a pan, casserole dish, or large serving platter. The chicken in going in the refrigerator for a while so choose something that will fit comfortably. Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the top of the chicken. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 60-90 minutes.

 

Here’s what it looks like after the rub down.

 

Seasoned Spicy Baked Chicken on a baking sheet being sprinkled with chopped parsley.

 

Bake the chicken

 

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator to get the chill out while the oven preheats.

 

Preheat the oven 350° F. Place the cooling rack in the baking sheet and spray it lightly with cooking spray.

 

Arrange the chicken, skin side up on the rack allowing some space between the pieces. The cooling rack allows air to flow around the chicken while baking. It also keeps it elevated so it’s not sitting in the drippings.

 

Ten pieces of seasoned raw chicken on Lined Baking Sheet

 

Bake the chicken for 60 – 65 minutes or until internal temperature is at least 165° F. It should be a lot higher at this point, but don’t take any chances. Use an instant read thermometer and take the internal temperature of a few of the larger pieces. Make sure the thermometer is in the middle of the thickest part and not touching the bone.

 

This baked spicy chicken is ready. The skin is crispy and full of flavor. This inside is juicy and delicious!

 

Cooked spicy baked chicken thigh on a baking sheet

 

Here we serve the chicken with a simple side salad, yellow rice and black beans. Our homemade yellow rice is flavored with chicken base, turmeric and dehydrated onions. This yellow rice is really easy to make, and so much better than store-bought.

 

A cooked spicy baked chicken thigh and drum on a white plate with a side salad and yellow rice.

 

If you want to try more delicious chicken recipes try this chicken fricassee, this pollo en salsa, or these amazing fried chicken thighs.

 

Spicy Baked Chicken, thigh and drum on a white plate with a side salad and yellow rice
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Spicy Baked Chicken

This spicy baked chicken is an easy recipe with only 4 ingredients. This chicken dinner is budget friendly and no-fuss too!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Refrigerate the chicken1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken
Servings: 5
Calories: 589kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Blackened Seasoning blackening seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2½ - 3 pounds Chicken drums and thighs, skin on and bone in (we made 10 pieces, which was just shy of 3 pounds)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Parsley chopped

Instructions

You will also need

  • 1 pan or large plate/platter, to keep the seasoned chicken in the refrigerator
  • Plastic wrap, to cover the seasoned chicken
  • 1 large baking sheet
  • 1 large cooling rack that fits in the large baking sheet
  • Cooking spray, or oil to lightly rub the rack

Prep work

  • Remove any excess fat from the chicken. The best way to trim the fat is with kitchen shears. Just cut it right off!
  • Prepare the seasoning mix: combine the blackened seasoning and the soy sauce in a small bowl. Stir well to combine.
  • Remove the stems from the parsley, leaving only the leaves, and chop it fine.

Season the chicken

  • Rub the chicken with the blackened seasoning paste. The best (only) way to do this is with your hands. Grab a bit of paste and a piece of chicken and rub it all over. Place it back on the pan and repeat with all the pieces.
  • Arrange the chicken on a pan, casserole dish, or large serving platter.
  • Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the top of the chicken.
  • Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 60-90 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator to get the chill out while the oven preheats.

Bake the chicken

  • Preheat the oven 350° F.
  • Place the cooling rack in the baking sheet and spray it lightly with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the chicken, skin side up on the rack allowing some space between the pieces. The cooling rack allows air to flow around the chicken while baking. It also keeps it elevated so it’s not sitting in the drippings.
  • Bake the chicken for 60 – 65 minutes or until internal temperature is at least 165° F.
  • Use an instant read thermometer and take the internal temperature of a few of the larger pieces. Make sure the thermometer is in the middle of the thickest part and not touching the bone.

Nutrition

Calories: 589kcal | Protein: 50g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 204mg | Sodium: 1044mg | Potassium: 534mg | Vitamin A: 10.3% | Vitamin C: 7.9% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 14.9%
This spicy baked chicken is an easy recipe that you can put together in just a few minutes. The rest is hands-off. Once seasoned, the chicken sits in the refrigerator getting all flavorful. Then, it’s baking time, about 1 hour to a juicy and delicious chicken dinner. With only 4 ingredients, this dinner is budget friendly and no-fuss too!
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