Cajun Chicken when roasted right is juicy and tender with a crispy skin. This recipe takes only 10 minutes of prep time and the oven does all the cooking for you. The end result is truly delicious.
When it comes to roasting chicken, always use thighs over breasts. Chicken thigh meat is moist and tender, making it perfect for the oven.
While you can use bone-in chicken thighs, or boneless and skinless chicken thighs, the best is deboned chicken thighs with the skin left intact.
But if you love chicken breast, you can certainly use this too.
200ºC is the perfect temperature to roast chicken thighs. Since the chicken is deboned, it will take a shorter time to cook – only 20-25 minutes. The length of time depends on how big the chicken thighs are.
• 1 kg skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
• 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (McCormick Gourmet Cajun Seasoning)
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3 dashes cayenne pepper
• Debone the chicken thighs but leave the skin on. Follow the step-by-step guide to debone chicken thighs.
• In a small bowl, add the melted butter, Cajun seasoning, honey, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir to mix well.
• Marinate the chicken with Cajun-butter mixture. Leave to sit for 30 minutes.
• Preheat oven to 200ºC. Transfer the Cajun-marinated chicken to a baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin starts to brown. Broil the skin for 10 seconds or so, until it is nicely charred.
• Transfer the chicken and the Cajun chicken sauce in the baking dish to a serving platter.
• Spoon the sauce over the chicken. Slice the chicken into pieces and serve immediately.
This article first appeared in rasamalaysia.com
Low Bee Yinn is a food blogger and cookbook author.