Sweet and Smoky Chicken Thighs

Sweet and Smoky Chicken Thighs

Try your hand at making a Cajun spice blend to use with these Sweet and Smoky Chicken Thighs.

Sweet and Smoky Chicken Thighs
Serves 4
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  1. 2 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  2. 2 tablespoons Sweet and Smoky Cajun Seasoning, recipe follows
  3. ¼ cup olive oil
  4. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  1. In a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag, combine chicken, Sweet and Smoky Cajun Seasoning, and olive oil. Toss to combine. Refrigerate 8 to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. In a large oven-safe skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add chicken thighs skin-side down, and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Repeat on other side. Transfer skillet to oven, and cook until internal temperature reads 160° on an instant-read thermometer.
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Sweet and Smoky Cajun Seasoning
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  1. 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  2. 2 tablespoons onion powder
  3. 2 tablespoons salt
  4. 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  5. 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  6. 2 teaspoons ground Aleppo pepper
  7. 2 teaspoons ground dried green bell pepper
  8. 2 teaspoons ground dried red bell pepper
  9. 2 teaspoons ground oregano
  10. 2 teaspoons ground thyme
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. ½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
  13. ½ teaspoon mace
  14. ½ teaspoon ground celery seed
  15. ½ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  16. ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  1. In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika, black pepper, Aleppo pepper, green and red bell peppers, oregano, thyme, cumin, mustard, mace, celery seed, chipotle pepper, and cardamom. Transfer to a sealed container, and store up to 6 months.
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  1. Can I use regular cajun seasoning instead? Would adding smoked paprika with the cajun seasoning give a similar flavor? If so, how much?

    Thanks! 🙂

    • You certainly could substitute regular Cajun seasoning, and adding some smoked paprika would push the flavor in the right direction (try starting with 1/2 teaspoon for this recipe).

  2. After I cook in the skillet on the stovetop both sides, could you just give me an average amount of time that it would take to cook them in the oven….20-30 mins? ….don’t have meat thermometer

    • Without a thermometer it’s hard to give you anything but a range, since chicken thighs vary so much in their thickness (about 30 minutes should do). Here’s a quick doneness indicator we’ve used before: prick the chicken thigh with a knife. If the juices that bubble out are clear, it should be done.


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