Cajun Chicken

On the grill, these cajun chicken grilled leg quarters make for some good eatin'! The spicy cajun seasoning mix, plus a little extra black pepper for zing, really really gives this grilled chicken recipe some zing!

I used chicken leg quarters, just 'cause they're cheap, but you can use chicken breasts, or even spice up a half or whole chicken with the homemade cajun seasoning mix.

You can use a store bought cajun seasoning mix if you're in a pinch, or make your own. Here's a recipe that I use, and I always keep some on hand.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup good quality paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground red pepper



Combine all ingredients, mixing together well. Store in an airtight container, and it will keep for three months in the cupboard, or six months in the fridge.




Grilled Cajun Style Leg Quarters

Season chicken leg quarters with your homemade cajun seasoning mix. Grill using medium high indirect heat for 45 minutes, turning occasionally. Drop the heat to low and finish the cajun chicken leg quarters over direct heat until nicely browned and tender.

For my tastes, chicken legs and thighs are at their best when very well done, so the meat just falls off the bones. It's not as juicy, but the flavor is more intense. If you prefer the dark meat more on the juicy side, grill until it reaches 170-175 degrees.

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