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Grilled Blackened Chicken

This blackened chicken is full of flavor. Once you get the grill temperature where you need it to be the flavors just meld together as they cook.

This blackened spice rub is really tasty, try it out from our article on homemade spice blends. You probably have the majority of the spices in your cupboard already. I am not a huge fan of buying the pre-blended spice mixes because we already have the spices we need to create them. If I bought a new spice blend every time I wanted to makes something my spice rack would be out of control.

Cost Per Serving $4.80 as of June 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $19.18.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $9.58.

  • This reduces cost per serving to $2.40.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Grill It!

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1/2 split chicken breast

Equipment needed: 1 grill

Total time: 45 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. There will be a savings of about $9.60 if you have a stocked pantry. 

Pantry & Spices

Total: $9.60 as of June 2022

  • cayenne pepper $1.76
  • garlic powder $0.98
  • onion powder $0.98
  • dried oregano $1.00
  • paprika $1.00
  • smoked paprika $1.94
  • dried thyme $1.94


Total: $9.58 as of June 2022

  • 1 - package split chicken breasts $9.58

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Heat grill to 350° F
  3. Place chicken breasts skin side up over indirect heat for 45 minutes. 
  4. Using a instant read thermometer check to see if chicken is 165° F if it is not continue to cook until this temperature is reached.
  5. Let rest for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $70 – Menu 5

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