Cajun Stuffed Chicken Breast

I thought this Cajun stuffed chicken breast came out absolutely fantastic. Pounding the chicken out to a nice consistent thickness was a bit challenging, but I’m sure with more practice I’ll have it down pat. The filling is super-simple, just a few diced and sliced vegetables and a bit of cheese. The stuffed chicken is seasoned with Cajun seasoning, browned quickly on the stovetop, then transferred to the oven to finish cooking. Done and yum!
Cajun Stuffed Chicken BreastI prefer to use my own Cajun seasoning in this and other recipes. I grind it myself so I get the consistency that I want. For this dish I ground the seasoning very fine.

Also try my Cajun shrimp-stuffed poblano peppers and my Cajun chicken pasta.

Cajun Stuffed Chicken Breast

I thought this Cajun stuffed chicken breast came out absolutely fantastic. Pounding the chicken out to a nice consistent thickness was a bit challenging, but I’m sure with more practice I’ll have it down pat. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 377kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 large chicken breasts boneless and skinless, sliced in half horizontally then pounded out to 1/4" thickness
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese shredded, divided
  • 4 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 sweet onion diced
  • 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning or more, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Heat oil in large skillet.
  • Divide half of the cheese between the chicken breasts, placing in the middle as you would prepare a burrito.
  • Divide mushrooms, peppers and onions between the breasts in the same fashion.
  • Top with the remaining cheese.
  • Roll chicken up and secure with toothpicks. Try to push the toothpicks in far enough that they barely stick out.
  • Season outsides of rolled up chicken with the Cajun seasoning.
  • Working in batches, brown the chicken on all sides in the skillet. Remove to the baking dish, seam side up.
  • Top each breast with a tablespoon of the butter then transfer baking dish to the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is done.
  • Remove toothpicks, slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 1086mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1707IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Cajun Ground Beef Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

I have been loving making jerky. I’ve been using ground top round for my ground beef jerky, but any lean ground meat will work. This Cajun ground beef jerky made on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro has a nice mellow spicy flavor that is definitely not overwhelming. The meat has the perfect ‘bite’, just a little tug.

The Cajun flavoring from Eastman Outdoors has a bit different flavor than the version from AC Leggs. I love them both. This one has a stronger Cajun flavor, but is less spicy than the one from AC Leggs.

Cajun Ground Beef Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster ProMake sure you rotate your trays every 2 hours or so when you make Cajun ground beef jerky. The bottom trays in the Nesco Snackmaster Pro will not dry as quickly as those on top. Rotating the trays will give you nice, even drying and perfect jerky on every level.

Try these other great jerky flavors from Eastman Outdoors: spicy jalapenowhiskey peppermesquitesweet habanero, and hickory.

Check out my guide to using the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. You will be making fantastic jerky at home in no time at all!

Sweet BBQ Ground Beef Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

This Cajun ground beef jerky made on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro has a nice mellow spicy flavor that is definitely not overwhelming. The meat has the perfect ‘bite’, just a little tug.
Course Dehydrator
Cuisine Jerky
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 14 hours
Servings 1 pound
Calories 1243kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Eastman Outdoors Cajun Jerky Seasoning see my note below
  • 2 teaspoons curing salt Comes with the seasoning. Optional if you're going to refrigerate the finished product
  • 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  • Place beef in a resealable bag or container.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the seasoning, curing salt and water. Pour over the meat and seal. Shake to coat.
  • Refrigerate the meat for up to 8 hours, shaking or massaging every hour or so to get the marinade distributed and absorbed evenly.
  • Remove meat from the marinade and add to a jerky gun. Squeeze out onto Nesco trays. Do not overlap meat.
  • Add the dehydrator top, set to maximum temperature setting and dehydrate for 5 hours, rotating the trays (bottom to top) every 2 hours or so.
  • To test for doneness remove a piece and let cool slightly. Try to bend the meat. If it gives and starts to tear at the bend it is done. If it bends without tearing return to the dehydrator and let it run another 15 minutes and test again. If the meat is crunchy it is overdone but still good. It's really a personal preference as to how you like your jerky. Soft, chewy, crunchy. There's no wrong here.
  • Let cool before storing in an airtight container.

Notes

The package for the Eastman Outdoors jerky seasoning states that it makes up to 5 pounds of jerky. I personally feel that the flavor is too mellow, so I use just about an entire package for 1 pound of jerky. I end up with a little left over seasoning, which I store in a labelled air-tight container. I'll eventually mix it with more seasoning. I think I can get 3 pounds of well-seasoning jerky out of two packages of Eastman Outdoors mix.
This recipe is for starting with 1 pound of meat. You'll end up with about 1/2 pound in the end. You can easily double/triple/etc this recipe for large quantities of meat, however 5-6 pounds is about all you can fit onto a Nesco Snackmaster Pro fitted with 12 trays (the unit comes with 5).

Nutrition

Calories: 1243kcal | Protein: 194g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 562mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 3139mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 22mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Cajun Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Don’t be fooled by the lightly charred chicken exterior. Inside this Cajun marinated chicken is fantastically moist, tender, flavor-packed chicken. Just like you always get when you cook chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Ready in less than an hour it’s perfect sliced. Perfect cubed over salads. Perfect picked up and devoured.
cajun-marinated-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyI used the regular ole basket that comes with the Big Easy. You can fit 4 decent-sized chicken breasts in the basket, but you might have to stand them on end. That’s fine. Just don’t let them touch too much or they won’t cook evenly.

The marinade is just a tad bit spicy, but even the most heat-fearing folk will like it. For something a bit more mellow, give my Big Easy Montreal chicken a try.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Cajun Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Ready in less than an hour it’s perfect sliced. Perfect cubed over salads. Perfect picked up and devoured.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 2 servings
Calories 602kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts skin removed

For the marinade

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning heaping
  • pinch kosher salt

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a re-sealable bag or container.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients and add to the bag.
  • Seal and toss gently to coat.
  • Refrigerate for 3 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Remove the chicken from the bag and shake off any excess marinade.
  • Place into the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Cook until chicken is done, 45 minutes to an hour.

Nutrition

Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 982mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1849IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Cajun Shrimp-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Wow, talk about amazingly good. The heck with the main dish, just load me up on some of these Cajun shrimp-stuffed poblano peppers. A slight kick of heat, perfect shrimp and creamy melted cheese. What’s not to love?
cajun-shrimp-stuffed-pobalno-peppersYou could use green bell peppers instead, if you want. I love poblanos because they are a little spicier than a bell pepper without just completely drowning out a dish in heat.

For extra kick, substitute shredded pepper jack cheese for the feta and mozzarella and add a few diced roasted jalapenos into the shrimp mixture. That’ll definitely liven up the party.

Also try my Cajun stuffed chicken breast and my bacon cheese-stuffed peppers!

Cajun Shrimp-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Wow, talk about amazingly good. The heck with the main dish, just load me up on some of these Cajun shrimp-stuffed poblano peppers. A slight kick of heat, perfect shrimp and creamy melted cheese. 
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 127kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large poblano peppers
  • 1/2 pound shrimp raw or pre-cooked, 24-30 count, peeled, deveined
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil if you are using raw shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • cilantro chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Note: You can use pre-cooked shrimp if you desire. Just toss the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning and do not cook.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Cut the peppers in half lengthwise. Remove any stems or seeds.
  • If using cooked shrimp, toss the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning in a large bowl.
  • If using raw shrimp, heat the oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add the shrimp, sprinkle with the seasoning, and cook, turning, until done, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add the cheeses, basil and hot sauce to the shrimp Stir.
  • Transfer shrimp mixture to the poblanos and place on a baking dish.
  • Place in oven and bake 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the peppers are softened.
  • Serve garnished with chopped cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 698mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1266IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Cajun Honey Lime Wings

There’s wing sauce and there’s WING sauce. The Cajun honey lime sauce on these wings was so good that I’ll be using it on a lot more than ‘just’ wings. A little spice, a little sweet, and a little citrus, all in a thick but not gooey sauce that doesn’t just flow off your wings into the bottom of the basket. Finger-licking good, that’s for sure.
Cajun Honey Lime WingsI used a fairly tame and not overpowering BBQ sauce when I made these Cajun honey lime wings. The flavors could easily be drowned out by an overly sweet smoky BBQ sauce. Just grab your run-of-the-mill regular ole BBQ sauce. Nothing fancy.

I’m a big fan of Cajun-flavored or Cajun-inspired wings. Try my Cravin’ Cajun, Cajun wings with dipping sauce, and my Cajun Bay (a fantastic mix of Cajun and Old Bay seasonings!) wings.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Check out my new website, just for chcken wings! Visit For the Wing.

Cajun Honey Lime Wings

There’s wing sauce and there’s WING sauce. The Cajun honey lime sauce on these wings was so good that I’ll be using it on a lot more than ‘just’ wings. A little spice, a little sweet, and a little citrus, all in a thick but not gooey sauce that doesn’t just flow off your wings into the bottom of the basket. Finger-licking good, that’s for sure.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 429kcal

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning

For the sauce

  • 1 cup BBQ sauce your favorite thick-style
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha or more, to taste
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning

Instructions

For the wings

For the sauce

  • Combine all ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 639mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 2020IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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Blackened Dry Wings

I love blackened chicken. I make a mean blackened chicken alfredo dish. Being that I’ve been on a major chicken wing kick lately (ever since discovering dry wings), I wanted to  get that great blackened seasoning flavor on a wing. And I did. Oh, did I. Blackened dry wings are truly a great thing. Spicy, with hints of onion and garlic. Great eats. I found myself licking all the seasoning off my fingers and still craving more.
Blackened Dry WingsThis is one time I was not shy with the seasoning on my wings. I usually like to be a little light, just so I can still taste the chicken. But blackened seasoning has to be over-the-top. It can’t be done lightly or there just isn’t any point to it. I love dry wings. For a another variation try my garlic Sriracha dry wings.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Check out my new website, just for chcken wings! Visit For the Wing.

Blackened Dry Chicken Wings

Being that I’ve been on a major chicken wing kick lately (ever since discovering dry wings), I wanted to  get that great blackened seasoning flavor on a wing. And I did. Oh, did I. Blackened dry wings are truly a great thing. Spicy, with hints of onion and garlic.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 292kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings separated
  • 4 tablespoons blackened seasoning or more, I used Zatarain's,d divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions

For the wings

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 800mg | Potassium: 191mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.