This amazing Cajun spiced chicken and potato bake is a one-pot wonder which will save you badly on those terribly hectic days just like it did to us! And you must have this terrific Cajun spice in your kitty for all its awesomeness!
Being a chicken lover has saved me and my hub many times since for me making a meal with chicken is the easiest thing on earth! Plus, when you explore world cuisine and discover gems like this Cajun spice, you are sorted for many wonderful meals on your dinner table like this very stunning Cajun spiced chicken & potato bake! Having discovered baked chicken recipes during the start of my blogging journey, there has been no looking back and I truly believe that if you have an oven at your disposal, you are the luckiest person on earth, not only because you will be able to create infinite number of amazing baked chicken dishes, but also you won’t have to manually supervise the entire cooking process end to end. Just mix it, shut it and forget it – dinner will be ready on its own!
The star attraction of this Cajun spiced chicken & potato bake is of course the incredible Cajun spice! Cajun spice, which is native to Louisiana where the delicious Cajun cuisine originated, has an impeccable flavor of its own which creates magic to any dish it is added to. Cajun seasoning is great with poultry, meat, fish and even veggies! It has the perfect blend of flavors thanks to the amazing spices which contribute their individual awesomeness to create a magical blend which we dearly call Cajun seasoning! You can imagine how delicious this Cajun spiced chicken & potatoes would be thanks to the oregano, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, black pepper and more which are part of this Cajun seasoning; if not, I urge you to give this Cajun spiced chicken a try immediately! And guess what? Making Cajun seasoning at home is insanely easy!
Even though oven wasn’t used in Indian cooking, I have been in love with mine since I discovered how miraculous it could be especially with chicken. This Cajun spiced chicken turned out super juicy & succulent inside and rustic on the outside thanks to the incredible Cajun Seasoning. I used whole chicken legs i.e. the thighs & drumsticks joined together for my Cajun spiced chicken as I believe thighs & drumsticks are best for baked chicken recipes; chicken breasts tend to become quite dry due its low-fat content when exposed to such dry heat of baking. So, I will recommend you to stick to drumsticks or thighs. I did braise the chicken quickly prior to baking to add a nice caramelization on the outside. You may need to baste the chicken couple of times with olive oil but, for that you can make your dearest hub work!
It was a real hectic day and I wanted a super quick dinner which I won’t have to monitor too. So, I picked this Cajun spiced chicken recipe as the only thing I need to do was to mix the chicken and potatoes with the Cajun spice mix and shut them into the oven. This Cajun spiced chicken is also a pick-me-up thanks to the wonderful aroma lend by Cajun seasoning. Another thing I must warn you about is the potatoes. Whenever I bake potatoes with chicken, they vanish way faster than the chicken. Being baked with the chicken along with the spices, potatoes get infused with the spicy chicken juices and acquire an incredible taste, which I simply can’t describe in words! You can also throw in some thickly cut onion slices into your Cajun spiced chicken and they will taste amazing too. If you are exhausted at the end of a hectic day and thinking of skipping the dinner, try making this gorgeous Cajun spiced chicken and I can guarantee that its delightful aroma will make you hungry almost instantly. Enjoy!
- Chicken legs with thigh – 6
- Baby potatoes – 500 gms
- Cajun spice mix – 2 tbsp
- Garlic powder – 1 tbsp
- Olive oil – 5 to 6 tbsp
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Dried thyme – 1 tsp
- Dried oregano – 1 tsp
- Cayenne – 1 tsp
- Garlic powder – 1 tsp
- Onion powder – 1 tsp
- White pepper – 1 tsp
- Black pepper – 1 tsp
- Paprika – 1 & ½ tsp
- Mix all the ingredients listed under Cajun seasoning in a small bowl and give a good whisk. Your Cajun seasoning is ready! Use 2 tablespoons of it in this Cajun spiced chicken recipe and reserve the rest for future use. This spice mix has quite a long shelf life.
- Preheat the oven at 200 C / 400 F and set the wire rack at the lowest level.
- Wash and pat dry the chicken legs. Make couple of incisions into the thick meaty part of the chicken.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of Cajun spice mix, garlic powder and salt on both sides of the chicken and rub them really well. Let them sit at room temperature for half an hour.
- Wash the potatoes very well to get rid of all muds. Cut each of them into half. Sprinkle the remaining half tablespoon of Cajun spice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and salt to taste and give the potatoes a good mix.
- Heat about 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken legs and braise them until golden brown on both sides. This will take about 5 minutes per side on medium-high heat. Do not over-crowd the pan as that would lead to steaming instead of braising; you may need to do it in batches.
- Once the chicken legs are being braised, coat the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil and keep it ready.
- Place the braised chicken legs on the prepared baking dish in a single layer. Tuck in the potatoes between the gaps. Drizzle some more olive oil on top.
- Bake the chicken and potatoes in preheated oven for about an hour or until the internal temperature of thickest part of the chicken registers 165 F in an instant read thermometer. You can also cut into the thickest part and if there is no pink left in it and juices run clear, the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Potatoes should have been cooked by now and the cut side nicely caramelized.
- Let the chicken sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. Serve your delicious Cajun spiced chicken & potato bake warm and enjoy along with your favorite drink!