Blackened Chicken Sandwich

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Spicy, flavorful chicken on a fresh, chewy bun slathered with remoulade. This Blackened Chicken Sandwich will quickly become your go to main for all your summer cook outs.

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If you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner or something different for your next barbecue, these blackened chicken sandwiches.

With an easy to make blackening spice and store-bought remoulade, you’ll have these sandwiches on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Hand lifting chicken sandwich.

Ingredients for Blackened Chicken Sandwich

The ingredient list is pretty simple for these chicken sandwiches. Here’s what you are going to need:

  • Chicken: I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. You could also use chicken thighs if you want.
  • Brown sugar: This helps with the blackening and aids in mellowing out the spiciness of the rub.
  • Paprika: Gives the rub its red color and adds smokiness.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried oregano
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Buns
  • Remoulade sauce: Remoulade sauce is a spicy mayo based sauce that you can buy bottled. You can also make it homemade but it takes quite a few ingredients, some of which may be hard to find.
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion
Sheet pan piled with grilled chicken, buns, tomato slices, onion slices and lettuce.

Mix Up the Blackening Spice

The blackening spice is easy to mix up and the spices are pretty common to have on hand.

Add the brown sugar and all the spices to a bowl and mix well. Make sure you don’t have any clumps of brown sugar in your rub.

If you want to shortcut this step, you can buy a jar of blackening spice in the spice aisle instead.

Two chicken sandwiches stacked on each other.

Season and Grill the Chicken

Sprinkle and press in the blackening spice on both sides of the chicken. Make sure you get every bit covered.

Preheat your grill over medium heat. You want to aim for 400 degrees F. Once hot, add the chicken to the grill.

Cook for about 6 minutes per side. Times will depend on the thickness of your chicken. If it’s on the thicker side, 6 minutes will be perfect. If it’s thinner, flip at 3 minutes and go from there.

Close up of blackened chicken sandwich.

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Blackened Chicken Sandwich

Spicy, flavorful chicken on a fresh, chewy bun slathered with remoulade. This Blackened Chicken Sandwich will quickly become your go to main for all your summer cook outs.
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackened chicken sandwich
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Meghan Payne-Hensley


For the blackening spice:

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 Tablepsoons black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the sandwiches:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 hamburger buns or rolls, sliced in half
  • Remoulade sauce
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion


  • Preheat grill to medium heat, around 400 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the blackening spice. Make sure you don't have any clumps of brown sugar.
  • Sprinkle the spice mix over the chicken and press to get it to stick. Cover both sides well. Add chicken to hot grill and cook 3 to 6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your chicken breast.
  • Spread desired amount of remoulade sauce on the buns. Top with a chicken breast, lettuce, tomato and onion.

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