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Grilled Sweet Cajun Chicken Recipe

This Grilled Sweet Cajun Chicken is tender, juicy and packed with flavor. The perfect chicken recipe for grilling season! DeliciousĀ as a main meal for dinner, on sandwiches, in a salad or stirred through pasta, this recipe is ideal for the whole family. The marinade is so easy to put together - a mixture of the spice rub, brown sugar, and olive oil. This can then be left in the refrigerator for the day or popped in the freezer for a quick easy meal another day.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Marinading Time12 hrs
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Cajun
Servings: 4
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp cajun spice blend - see note 1
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 large chicken breasts


  • In a zip lock bag or non-reactive container, combine the olive oil, cajun seasoning and brown sugar. Squish the bag or stir the container until well combined.
  • Place the chicken breasts flat on a chopping board and keeping your knife parallel to the chopping board cut horizontally straight through the chicken breast. Repeat with the second chicken breast.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the marinade and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes but 12-24 hours is best (see note 2 for freezer instructions)

To cook the chicken

  • Get the grill hot. Or if you are using a frying pan place it over medium-high heat.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and cook for 3-4 minutes on one side then flip and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until cooked through.


  1. If your Cajun seasoning blend doesn't contain salt then add 1 tsp of salt to your marinade mixture.
  2. Once the chicken is in the marinade it will keep in the freezer happily for 6 months. As it defrosts the chicken will continue to tenderize and marinate.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2529IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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