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Pan Seared Cajun Butter Chicken Thighs

Moist, juicy & tender Pan Seared Cajun Butter Chicken Thighs. They’re flavorful, rich, and cooked in a spicy Cajun rub and topped with velvety butter sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Keyword: boneless chicken thighs recipe, butter chicken thighs, cajun chicken, chicken dinner ideas
Servings: 4
Calories: 417kcal


For the Cajun Seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning blend
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

For the Chicken

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • In a shallow plate or shallow bowl combine Cajun seasoning, brown sugar, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper; mix to combine.
  • Rub seasoning all around the chicken thighs.
  • Set a large skillet over medium heat; add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to heat up.
  • Add seasoned chicken thighs to the hot oil, smooth side down.
  • Cook chicken for 6 minutes.
  • Flip over and continue to cook for 6 to 7 more minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink. Check for doneness with instant read thermometer; chicken is done when internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
  • Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  • Return skillet to stove and set over medium heat.
  • Add remaining butter to the skillet and let it melt.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in the chicken broth and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a boil and let cook for 2 minutes, or until reduced. Whisk frequently.
  • Drizzle sauce over chicken thighs.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.


Spice Rub inspired by AllRecipes
If you can't find Cajun Seasoning, use a mix of chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 893mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 774IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg