146.8...Blackened Chicken Breasts with Cajun Tartar Sauce

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I hosted a barbecue and made a ton of new recipes. One of them was Blackened Chicken Breasts with Cajun Tartar Sauce. The chicken came out perfectly juicy and the tartar sauce was a great compliment for it. Try it at your next barbecue!

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Blackened Chicken Breasts with Cajun Tartar Sauce (Serves 4-6)

Recipe from Phillis Carey



1 Tbsp coarse salt

1 Tbsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp onion powder

1 Tbsp sweet paprika 

1 Tbsp dried oregano

2 tsp. dried thyme

2 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. white pepper

1/2 tsp. cayenne

4 to 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Lemon wedges

Tartar Sauce:

3/4 cup mayonnaise

3 Tbsp Creole or Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp minced shallots

1 Tbsp minced pimento stuffed olives

1 Tbsp minced pickled jalapeños

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice or more to taste

1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning reserved from chicken rub

1 tsp. Crystal hot sauce or to taste (can also use Frank’s or Tabasco)


1. Combine the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, thyme, peppers and cayenne in a small bowl to make the rub. Remove 1 Tbsp of the rub to a small bowl and whisk in tartar sauce ingredients, adding more lemon juice and/or hot sauce to taste. (Keeps refrigerated up to 1 week.)

2. Preheat grill. Trim chicken and pound between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to an even 1/2 inch thickness. Coat the chicken well with the rub.

3. Brush the chicken with the melted butter (over the rub) and grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Serve chicken topped with a dollop of the tartar sauce (passing the remaining sauce) and a lemon to squeeze over all.

Printable Recipe

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For lunch on Saturday, my husband picked up Marketplace Grill. 

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Grilled Chicken Greek Salad. SO good.

We went out that night to a event for a group my husband belongs to at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. The event started with a cocktail hour in the courtyard. 

Ashley and I:

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We moved into the ballroom for dinner. Our meal started with Crispy Polenta with Wild Mushrooms and Fontina Fondue:

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The polenta was dry but the fontina fondue was good!

Our second course was Spinach Salad with Toasted Pecans, Strawberries and Asiago Balsamic Vinaigrette: 

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Minus the strawberries, it was good.

My main course was Pancetta Wrapped Halibut with Sweet Potato Puree, Asparagus and Lemon:

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The fish was super dry and the sweet potato puree was too much like baby food. Fail.

Thank goodness for dessert: German Chocolate Cake:

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Sunday’s breakfast:

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I went grocery shopping and picked up some sushi for lunch.

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Alicia and her family came over for a barbecue. I kept it really simple. Chicken sausages, corn on the cob, baked beans and Trader Joe’s potato salad. 

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Alicia brought over a yummy chocolate mousse cake for dessert:

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Ah Monday. I really don’t like you. At least this time, I had something to look forward to. After I took the kids to school (this is their last week!), I met some of my PTO friends at The Broken Yolk for breakfast. I had a veggie egg white omelet, sliced tomatoes and wheat toast. 

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Afterwards, I ran some errands and came home. My husband is hosting her poker group at our house tomorrow night so I started making and prepping some of the food.

Lunch was half a turkey and cheddar sandwich, veggies and ranch dressing. 

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Happy Monday all!

What do your Mondays typically look like?

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