Spicy Goodness ~ Grilled Cajun-Style Chicken Breasts



Just imagine

the aromas of Acadian cuisine 

in the Louisiana bayous,

the euphonious sound of their music…

This is the Cajun way of life.


St.Martin Bayou Sunset by DramaQueenB Photography


Acadians are the ancestors of present-day Cajuns.  The world “Cajun” derives from “Acadia" ~  a name used to refer to the Nova Scotia area in Canada where French immigrants settled during the early colonial era.  

They were hunters, fishermen, and farmers, well-versed in the art of living off the land, when they arrived destitute in the New Orleans area, and were given land grants.  The Acadians had a strong bond with each other as they moved into the bayous, swamps and prairies of Louisiana to start their farms.  

Their old traditions and language merged with the distinctive Louisiana landscape to fuse into a new Cajun cultural identity.

A lot of people are unaware that the typical Cajun food was developed by extremely poor people.  Refugees and farmers used what they had to feed large families.  

Bill and I have visited the New Orleans area many times, and love Cajun-style cooking ~ it’s aromatic, spicy, and rich, really good…  

This time, I used a generous portion of minced garlic, onion powder and oregano, all whisked together with spicy Robusto Italian dressing for the chicken marinade. 







Bill grilled the chicken to a spicy, moist, delicious meat for our dinner.  






Fire up your grill now for some seriously good Cajun-style chicken!


Grilled Cajun-Style Chicken Breasts
Printable recipe 

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup Wish-Bone Robusto Italian Dressing
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon each, salt and pepper

Method:

Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl or a resealable plastic bag.
Add chicken breasts and let marinate for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Remove chicken from marinade, shaking off excess.
When grill is heated, place chicken on grill over medium heat.
Grill chicken until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes per side, depending upon thickness, or when thermometer registers 165°.

Serve



Enjoy it!




34 comments:

  1. I adore cajun flavour, Pam. Bill did an excellent job grilling the chicken breast..love those grilled marks..an awesome meal!

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  2. Thanks, Angie! Bill did a great job as usual! And you have a great week!

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  3. I like the socio-historical background you offer in connection to the Cajun food.
    Your marinade with minced garlic and Robusto italian dressing can't go wrong. The grilled chicken breasts (Bill's grilling performance) make one's mouth water.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! We love Cajun food and this chicken was delicious, lots of flavor! Take care

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  4. Love cajun, creole and low-country recipes. They were all a part of our cuisine when we lived in Charleston, S.C..
    We once went to a dinner party that featured jambalaya, crawfish pie and filet gumbo. Son of a gun, we had big fun on the bayou (well, it was really on the marsh as there were no bayous in Charleston).

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. Charleston definitely has the good food also. That sounds like one great dinner party with the variety of foods. Love them all and have made all but the crawfish pie, have to try it. Thanks!

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  5. I just love the first photo just so serene and beautiful the meal is perfect!

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    1. Me too, Claudia! Great pic, thanks!

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  6. yum!!!! Thanks for the history lesson Pam. I love new Orleans and the food too!! ~
    blackened alligator. : )

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! I love it too have to try that alligator! :-)

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  7. Pam, That is a fine looking Cajun chicken breast! I've almost never cooked chicken on the grill as my usual routine is to crank up the heat and singe the meat! My wife will testify that my way isn't the best, especially with chicken. I guess that I'll have to get a meat thermometer and learn a little patience... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! Yep, guess it takes practice and patience. That's why I leave the grill to Bill. Take care

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  8. That looks like some mighty fine looking chicken, I bet it was delicious.

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  9. I did not know about the word "cajun"...thanks for the history behind...
    Your marinated just sound delicious and I can imagine how tasty the chicken must be...yum!
    Hope you are enjoying your week Pam :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! Yes, the Acadians have quite an interesting history. The marinade was great for the chicken! :-) Take care and have a good week!

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  10. Dear Pam,
    I love that photo, it is so relaxing seeing the sunset in the Bayou. All the traveling I have done years ago, I just never went to New Orleans, but maybe someday. I hear from you and so many people that the food is incredible. I had also never knew about the Acadians people and that they became what we know as of today Cajuns. Great info! Your recipe is filled with a Cajun flair. The Chicken Breasts looks so moist, tasty, and love the flavors. Great job Pam! Thank you for sharing......
    Hugs Dottie :)

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    1. Thank you, Dottie! I love that part of the country, the music, the food, the architecture, the climate and on and on. Hope you get to visit it someday.

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  11. Cajun seasoning sure does have a way to keep everyone singin'! Love Cajun food! Good post, Pam!

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    1. Ha! Right on, Abbe, it does! Glad you like it all also!

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  12. Your chicken looks delicious - I like about Cajun anything.

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    1. Thanks, Larry! Cajun anything works for me!

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  13. Dear Pam, I love the spicy Cajun style cooking too. Your chicken looks delightfully perfect!
    xo Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! There's just something great about all the good Cajun flavors. Take care. Hugs

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  14. Love Cajun food! So much flavor. And the spicier the better. This looks wonderful -- that chicken looks perfectly done! Thanks so much.

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    1. Thanks, John! I agree, spicier is better. Have a great rest of the week!

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  15. Looks absolutely wonderful Pam. I am french canadiané 3 yeras ago I went to Cajun vountry and had conversations in french with locals. last year I was in Acadia in Canada...wo we all speak different lol.

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    1. Thanks, Evelyne! Great, good for you! Yes, I get it with the dialects, and I bet you had a fun time!

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  16. Lookin' good and tasty!!!Interesting post,too Pam!

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  17. Lookin' good and tasty!!!Interesting post,too Pam!

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  18. Sounds like a terrific meal Pam - Cajun spices really give life to chicken.

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  19. that's some pretty stunning chicken! great flavors involved too, not to mention that awesome char from the glorious grill!

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  20. I never knew all of this Cajun history, Pam. But I certainly know that I love the ingredients in your marinade for Cajun Chicken! We love marinaded grilled chicken and will definitely make this recipe!

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  21. I like how so many good foods come from poor times. Lots of meals in our house, growing up. But some of those foods, best ever.

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