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Cajun Chicken Marinade with Garlic

This fantastic Cajun chicken marinade contains onion and garlic powders as well as Cajun seasoning and more. You should make this about an hour before you plan to cook the chicken, or longer in advance for a richer flavor. If you are looking for a spicy marinade for chicken breasts, this one is great. It is not too spicy but it does have a bit of a kick from the Cajun seasoning, so you get all the flavor without feeling like your mouth is on fire.

If you like, you can serve something cooling with the chicken. A sour cream or mayonnaise based sauce would work, since this would contrast with the spices on the poultry and cool your mouth down. Add some lemon or lime juice to the cream or mayonnaise to make a simple yet effective sauce. Minced garlic would also work instead of, or as well as, the citrus juice.

You can serve the resulting chicken with rice or fries, as well as your favorite vegetable. If you like Spanish rice or Mexican rice, that would also be a good serving idea because you can combine the rice and vegetables in one side dish. This Cajun chicken marinade is ideal for beginners in the kitchen because it is so simple to prepare.

Perfect Marinade for Cajun Chicken
Summary: Use this Cajun chicken marinade recipe if you want to add a spicy kick to your chicken. The recipe is easy to make and always gives restaurant-quality results.
Cuisine: Cajun
Recipe type: Marinade
Serves: 4
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  • 4 whole boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  1. Combine the vegetable oil with the onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, salt and Cajun seasoning to make a paste.
  2. Add more oil if the paste is not liquid enough.
  3. Rub the marinade paste all over the chicken and put them in a food storage bag.
  4. Refrigerate for about 3 hours.
  5. Grill or broil the chicken for about 6 minutes per side; the exact cooking time depends how thick the chicken is.
  6. When the juices run clear, the chicken is done.

Photo Description:

A grilled chicken breast which has been marinated in a beautiful-tasting marinade is not going to require a lot of side dishes or extra seasoning. In fact you might like to take inspiration from the picture and serve your perfectly grilled chicken breast with a fresh herb and tomato garnish. Serve some potatoes, bread or rice on the side and allow people to help themselves. A platter of salad or vegetables is also a good idea on the side. This Cajun chicken recipe has an incredible flavor so keeping the side dishes comparatively plain means all the attention is rightfully placed on the chicken.


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