Blackened Chicken Tenders Recipe

Blackened Chicken Tenders

You’ll love cooking this Blackened Chicken Tenders recipe at home iIf you order blackened chicken when you dine out.

Looking at my friend Holly Clegg’s recipe for Blackened Chicken Tenders from her Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook, I have to laugh.

Not because there’s anything funny about blackened chicken!

You see, my family has a deep dark secret about any sort of chicken recipe, whether it’s grilled chicken tenders, baked chicken tenders, or even my homemade chicken nuggets.

My son, Nathan doesn’t eat chicken – hates it! So when I cook up something like blackened chicken for dinner, I have to serve Nathan something else.

It’s too bad because chicken is naturally lean, versatile, and so inexpensive compared to other meats.

Luckily, my other child, Lucie, loves spicy chicken recipes!

I know she’ll love easy recipe for blackened chicken tenders as much as I do since she loves going out for chicken wings.

Since this blackened chicken recipe is cooked up in one skillet making it a true one pot meal, I know you’ll enjoy cooking up this blackened chicken tenders recipe as much as I do.

Not only is it delicious, it’s easy to clean up!

To make this recipe keto friendly, use Swerve Sweetener, Brown instead of the brown sugar.

Even if you’re not doing a low carb diet, using a natural, no calorie sweetener like Swerve, will reduce the calories without changing the delicious flavor.

You can find more of Holly Clegg’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at The Healthy Cooking Blog.

Check out Holly’s trim & TERRIFIC™ cookbooks on Amazon, too!

Blackened Chicken Tenders – a New Orleans tradition!

Perk up your entrée of Blackened Chicken Tenders with fabulous flavor without all the fuss, try blackening, a quick way to keep your food moist and juicy.

Blackening refers to the cooking method of using a hot skillet to produce a slightly burnt-looking, dark-brown exterior to your food with a moist interior.

Born out of Chef Paul Prudhomme’s New Orleans restaurant, then blackened chicken cooking method has since become a favorite prepared worldwide.

Closeup of Blackened Chicken Tenders on a white plate.

And because of the crispy crust of seasonings that forms when searing in the juices of a blackened dish, the cooking method is a perfect way to eat low fat, diabetic-friendly meals without missing any flavor!

Usually characterized by an amazing blend of seasoning and loads of melted butter, don’t fret, as in my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook, you can enjoy my trim and terrific blackening approach that will have your mouth dancing with flavor without the added fat.

Quick, spicy, and always a hit, Blackened Chicken Tenders from my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook are a perfect solution to a simple dinner the whole family will love.

A full-bodied sauce provides harmony to well-seasoned chicken tenders – with a hint of sweet brown sugar and spicy chili powder.

You can prepare with or without the sauce and use these scrumptious chicken tenders as an easy appetizer.

Or serve over the chicken over pasta or rice for a satisfying entrée.

Closeup of Blackened Chicken Tenders with sliced green onions.

Looking for more quick and easy chicken recipes?

Try these:

Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken and Waffles Recipe

More awesome recipes from Holly Clegg

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad

Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad

Tomato Bruschetta Appetizer


Blackened Chicken Tenders Recipe

Blackened Chicken Tenders Recipe

A quick and easy blackened chicken recipe that can be served over pasta or rice or made as an appetizer.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar or Swerve Sweetener, Brown
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 5-ounce can evaporated skim milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions


  1. In a large resealable bag, combine paprika, chili powder, brown sugar, pepper, salt. Add chicken, shake to coat.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, heat olive oil over medium heat, sauté chicken 5–7 minutes or until browned and done. Remove to a plate.
  3. In the same skillet, add green pepper, red pepper, onion, scraping bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until tender.
  4. Add evaporated milk, stirring, one minute, or until heated and bubbly. Serve chicken with sauce, sprinkle with green onions, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 471mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 56g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Diabetic Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate, 6 very lean meat

Pictures and recipe used with permission of author.

Originally published on October 2, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.

Blackened Chicken Tenders Recipe

6 thoughts on “Blackened Chicken Tenders Recipe

  1. Stephanie

    I made these yesterday, they were delicious, I added some cayenne to make it a little spicier.

  2. Brenda

    This recipe was so flavorful & delicious! Definitely can’t get enough, it’s that good. A bit spicy for some. I would simply reduce the chili powder significantly if feeding very young children and the elderly. I also didn’t have evaporated milk so I used 10oz of whole milk and let it cook down.

  3. MistyBlu

    This sounds delicious, and I love that you don’t have to use the pan AND the oven. I can’t get enough of blackened chicken. It’s great by itself, in salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches … I’m getting hungry!


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