Cajun Chicken with Mardi Gras Salsa Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cajun Chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (store-bought or homemade – see note below)

For the Mardi Gras Salsa

  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

1. Make the Mardi Gras Salsa

  • Combine ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine diced pineapple, red onion, green bell pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix and chill: Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

2. Make the Cajun Chicken

  • Preheat skillet: Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Prep the chicken: Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and season generously on both sides with Cajun seasoning.
  • Cook the chicken: Cook chicken for 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Let it rest: Remove the chicken from the skillet and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

3. Assemble and Serve

  • Slice the chicken: Cut the chicken into strips or leave whole.
  • Top with salsa: Serve the chicken warm, topped with a generous helping of Mardi Gras Salsa.

Notes

Homemade Cajun Seasoning: If you want to make your own, combine paprika, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, and dried thyme.

Spice Adjustment: For a spicier salsa, keep some of the seeds from the jalapeno. For a milder version, omit it completely.

Serving Suggestions: Enjoy with rice, beans, a side salad, or your favorite Mardi Gras side dishes!

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