This Cajun Chicken With Rice recipe is packed full of flavor and spice, it’s easy enough for the weeknight table yet impressive enough for company. The boiled rice is cooked with chicken broth then mixed with crayfish (a small Louisiana variety of crawfish) and finely chopped cooked chicken. Easy Cajun Chicken With Rice is not just to eat. It has health benefits too. Here are six health benefits of rice you may have not heard before.
Cajun Chicken With Rice
- 4 chicken breasts
- ¼ cup cajun spice(30 g), to taste, extra for seasoning chicken
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 1 cup rice(225 g)
- 15 oz chopped tomato(425 g), 1 can
- 1 ¾ cups chicken stock(400 mL)
- olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons hot paprika
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and then the cajun spice mix (store-bought or homemade)
- Sear the chicken breasts on each side for about 2 minutes, then remove from the pan.
- Add some more oil and fry the onions and peppers until softened.
- Add the black beans and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the rice and fry for a further minute.
- Place the chicken back on and cover in chopped tomatoes.
- Add chicken stock and more cajun spice (to taste).
- Bring to boil, then cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
Heat up your workweek dinner with this healthy, lower calorie Cajun inspired recipe. Smoked paprika adds an subtle earthiness to the seasoning.
- PREP TIME:0 hours 25 mins
- TOTAL TIME:1 hour 0 mins
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 slice bacon
- 2 tsp. canola oil
- 1 medium onion
- 1 medium red pepper
- 1 stalk celery
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 4 c. lower-sodium chicken broth
- 2 c. long-grain white rice
- 1 c. frozen peas
- In bowl, combine paprika, thyme, garlic powder, cayenne, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Toss chicken with half of spice mixture.
- In 6-quart Dutch oven, cook bacon on medium-high 5 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally. With slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel.
- To same pot, add oil, then chicken. Cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. With slotted spoon, transfer to bowl.
- Add onion, red pepper, celery, and remaining spices to pot. Cook 5 minutes, stirring. Add tomato paste. Cook 30 seconds, stirring. Stir in broth, rice, peas, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to maintain simmer. Stir in chicken and any juices. Cover; simmer 27 minutes or until rice is tender and chicken is cooked (165 degrees F). Top with parsley and bacon.
Easy Cajun Chicken and Rice
- PREP TIME:15 MINS
- COOK TIME:35 MINS
Super flavorful, easy, and fun – these all describe this delicious Cajun Chicken and Rice recipe! Chicken coated in homemade cajun seasoning seared with bacon, the holy trinity (celery, peppers, and onions), and then cooked with rice in a creamy cajun sauce. This easy weeknight meal is here to spice up your week!
With my little one growing and becoming more active by the day, I’ve been living for quick and easy meals that don’t require a lot of fuss. My time at home has been spent running up and down the stairs, prepping bottles, cleaning up, and just trying to keep my head attached to my body!
I made this meal with this in mind – because let’s be clear, aren’t we all just out here, busy as ever?! What does we deserve as a treat for just getting through the day? A darn good meal.
Hence as to why I made this crazy delicious and flavorful cajun chicken and rice recipe.
Out with the mundane weeknight dinners. This Cajun Chicken and Rice is here to save the day! Step aside boring weeknight meals, we’re adding some flavor to the mix! This recipe will easily become a family favorite meal that everyone will love.
Not to mention, this meal makes for some awesome leftovers in case you can’t finish everything in one sitting. I made a big pot of this and have been eating it throughout the week and I swear, with every day that goes by, it tastes EVEN BETTER.
how to make cajun chicken and rice
Now we’re getting to the good part! Let’s do a quick chat as to how to make this cajun chicken and rice.
- Season chicken with cajun seasoning and chop bacon into tiny bits. Add bacon to a skillet over medium low heat and allow the fat to render out and the bacon to become crispy.
- Increase the heat to medium high and add chicken. Sear on both sides. Remove chicken from the pan and add celery, peppers, and onions. Let everything cook down and come together then add rice and butter and toast the rice until the butter is melted.
- Add chicken stock and add the chicken back to the pot and cook until the chicken stock is fully absorbed and rice is fluffy, about 15-20 minutes.
- In a separate pan, combine garlic, tomato paste, heavy cream, and cajun seasoning and cook on low until mixture begin to thicken. Pour on top of rice and mix together. Slice chicken and enjoy!
what to eat with cajun chicken and rice
There are SO many delicious food pairings for this Cajun Chicken and Rice recipe. For starters, cornbread! Omg, cornbread with this dish is insanely delicious! My skillet cornbread and my brown butter bacon and jalapeno cornbread are excellent options!
Don’t forget about my rosemary dinner rolls too, perfect with this dish!
Soup and or salad also work really well here too! Might I mention, this dish is amazing on its own but by golly, adding something with it makes it even better!
- To make this recipe dairy free, you can you can omit the butter and swap out heavy cream for non-dairy milk or coconut cream.
- This recipe is naturally gluten free so no worries there!
- For vegan options, you can use your favorite vegan chicken or tofu and season accordingly. Also, swap out butter for vegan butter.
tips for making cajun chicken and rice
- If you’re sensitive to spice, reduce the amount of cayenne pepper in the cajun seasoning.
- I highly recommend using a 10-inch Calphalon fry pan – they’re amazing and make making this recipe so smooth. Easy clean up too!
- Use a long grain white rice to prevent the rice from becoming mushy.
- Consider using Calphalon Premier Cookware as well as their Antimicrobial Cutlery to make this dish. Their cookware and cutlery are easy to use and clean, have superior nonstick coating, and are both oven AND dishwasher safe! I have a 25% code ‘BRITNEY25’ so that you can get your cookware at a great price!
EASY CAJUN CHICKEN AND RICE
Super flavorful, easy, and fun – Chicken coated in homemade cajun seasoning seared with bacon, and then cooked with rice in a cajun sauce.
- SERVING:6 SERVINGS
- PREP TIME:15 MINS
- COOK TIME:35 MINS
- ▢2 tbsps smoked paprika
- ▢1 tbsp garlic powder
- ▢1 tbsp onion powder
- ▢2 tsp chili powder
- ▢2 tsp thyme
- ▢2 tsp oregano
- ▢1 tsp cayenne pepper
Chicken And Rice
- ▢1 yellow onion, diced
- ▢2 bell peppers, diced
- ▢3 stalks celery, diced
- ▢4 chicken breasts
- ▢6 pieces bacon, sliced
- ▢2 cups white rice
- ▢4 cups chicken stock
- ▢2 lemons
- ▢⅓ cup tomato paste
- ▢½ cup heavy cream
- ▢4 cloves garlic, diced
- In a small bowl, combine ingredients for cajun seasoning – smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, thyme, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Mix together.
- Season chicken with half of the cajun seasoning (the rest will be used later in the recipe) and salt and pepper as desired. Add sliced bacon to a skillet over medium low heat. Allow bacon to cook and render out the fat, about 10 minutes, stir occasionally. Add 1 tbsp butter and a drizzle of olive and and increase the heat to medium. Add chicken and sear on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.
- Remove chicken from the skillet onto a plate. Add onions, peppers, and celery to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper and a teaspoon of the cajun seasoning. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until everything begins to soften and become fragrant.
- Add rice and stir into the vegetables. Add chicken stock, squeeze one lemon, and add chicken back into the skillet. Bring to a boil and then cover with a lid and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- In a separate skillet or saucepan, add heavy cream, diced garlic, tomato paste, and remaining cajun seasoning. Heat over low heat until mixture begins to thicken. Then squeeze lemon juice into the sauce and remove from the heat. Whisk ingredients together to ensure lemon juice is fully incorporated. Season with a pinch of salt.
- Once rice is finished, pour sauce into the skillet with the chicken and rice. Mix together. Slice chicken and toss together.
Health Benefits of Rice
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Rice you can get by consuming it. You can make hundreads of dishes by using rice and easily also mixed with other food items. Since it has different types and each rice of offers different kind of health benefits. Even rice used in different diet plan and also consumed by patients suffereing from specific health issues.
Rice Helps in providing energy
Rice is abundant in carbohydrates and it provides enough energy to the body and aids in the normal functioning of the brain. Carbohydrates require to be metabolized by the body and be turned into functional, usable energy. The vitamins, minerals, and various organic components present in rice increase the functioning and metabolic activity of all organ systems in the body, which further increases energy levels.
White and brown rice are good sources of energy, even you can create rice ball and add with different dishes that suit your taste buds and health. Even you can consume rice water, which is a good source of energy
Benefits of brown rice for obesity
Consumption of rice is extremely beneficial for health, simply because it does not contain harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium. It forms an integral part of balanced diet. The low levels of fat, cholesterol, and sodium present in rice also helps to reduce obesity and the health conditions associated with being overweight.<>Rice is one of the most widely used and eaten foods in the world because it can keep people healthy and satiated, even in very small quantities.
Rice helps in controlling blood pressure
Rice is low in sodium, so it is considered one of the best foods for those suffering from high blood pressure and hypertension. Sodium can cause veins and arteries to constrict, increasing the stress and strain on the cardiovascular system as the blood pressure increases. This is also associated with heart conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes, so avoiding excess sodium is always a healthy solution.
Brown rice and whiter rice are good for high blood pressure patients, Red yeast rice for blood pressure also consumed by people to control blood pressure.
Rice helps in preventing cancer
Rice is rich in insoluble fibre that protects against many types of cancer. Many scientists and researchers believe that such insoluble fibres present in rice are vital for protecting the body against the development and metastasis of cancerous cells. Fibre is specifically beneficial in defending against colorectal and intestinal cancer.
However, besides fibre, rice also has natural antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin-A, phenolic and flavonoid compounds, which also act as or stimulate antioxidants to scour the body for free radicals. Free radicals are by-products of cellular metabolism that can do serious damage to organ systems and cause the mutation of healthy cells into cancerous ones. In such cases, rice helps in boosting antioxidant levels within the body.
Rice skin care benefits
Black rice, brown rice, rice bran oil, and rice water also used in skin care treatments. Medical experts say that rice powder can be applied topically to cure some skin ailments. In India, rice water is readily prescribed by ayurvedic practitioners as an effective ointment to cool off inflamed skin surfaces. The phenolic compounds that are found in it, particularly in rice, have anti-inflammatory properties, so they are also good for soothing irritation and redness.
Whether consumed or topically applied, a substance derived from rice tends to relieve a number of skin conditions. The antioxidant present in rice capacity also helps delay the appearance of wrinkles and other premature signs of aging that can affect the skin.
Diuretic & Digestive Qualities of Rice
The husk part of rice is considered to be an effective medicine to treat dysentery, and a three-month-old rice plant’s husks are said to have diuretic properties. Chinese people believe that rice considerably increases appetite, cures stomach ailments and treats all digestive problems.
As a diuretic, rice husk can help to lose excess water weight, eliminate toxins from the body like uric acid, and even lose weight, since approximately 4% of urine is actually made up of body fat. The high fibre content of rice also helps in increasing bowel movement regularity.
Rice good for metabolism
Rice is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin D, calcium, fibre, iron, thiamine and riboflavin. These vitamins present in rice provide the foundation for body metabolism, immune system health, and general functioning of the organ systems, since vitamins are commonly consumed in the most essential activities in the body.
Rice helps to boost cardiovascular health
Rice bran oil extracted from the husk of rice is known to have antioxidant properties that promote cardiovascular strength by reducing cholesterol levels in the body. The husk of the grain is where much of the nutrients reside and this is removed in white rice preparation.
Rice good for irritable bowel syndrome
Rice is rich in resistant starch, which reaches the bowels in an undigested form. This type of starch stimulates the growth of useful bacteria that help in normal bowel movements. Also, this insoluble rice is very useful in reducing the effects of conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and diarrhoea. You can consume White rice or brown rice for irritable bowel syndrome
Rice helps to prevent chronic constipation
Rice can also prevent chronic constipation. The insoluble fibre from rice acts like a soft sponge that may be pushed through the intestinal tract quickly and easily. Rice, which are whole grains are known to be rich in insoluble fibre. However, it is advisable to drink lots of water for relieving one’s constipated condition, in addition to eating fibrous foods.
Rice Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
Rice contains high levels of nutrients that stimulate the growth and activity of neurotransmitters, subsequently helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease to a considerable extent. Various species of rice have been found to stimulate neuroprotective enzymes in the brain, which inhibit the effects of free radicals and other dangerous toxins that can cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Rice helps to regulate body temperature
While cooking rice, the water in which it is boiled is known as rice water. The presence of rice water is linked to high-temperature rice which provides starch in the water. Rice water is able to regulate body temperature. Consumption of rice water is thus a way to heal fever as well as it regulates body temperature. Hence rice an aid to help people having a fever.
Uses of Rice
Rice is just not used as a staple for consumption. In addition to this, there are many other surprising uses of rice. Rice is used to dry out water damaged electronics, create a rice hot/cold pack, prevents salt clumps, helps in testing oil temperature before frying things, sharpens blender blades, used for cleaning dirty vase, helps to ripe fruits faster, prevents the formation of rust. It is also used as a beauty product to make one’s skin glow.
Rice Side-Effects & Allergies
Consumption of rice is likely safe. However, eating white rice in excess amount on a daily basis can boost high risk for developing type 2 diabetes and obesity. Hence a balanced diet should be maintained.
Cultivation of Rice
Rice is an ancient food and it is believed to have been first cultivated in China around 6,000 years ago, but recent archaeological discoveries have found primitive rice seeds and ancient farm tools dating back about 9,000 years.
For the majority of its long history, rice was a staple only in Asia. Not until Arab travellers introduced rice into ancient Greece, and Alexander the Great brought it to India, did rice find its way to other corners of the world. Subsequently, the Moors brought rice to Spain in the 8th century during their conquests, while the Crusaders were responsible for bringing rice to France. Rice was introduced into South America in the 17th century by the Spanish during their colonization of this continent.
The majority of the world’s rice is grown in Asia, where it plays an incredibly important role in their food culture. Thailand, Vietnam and China are the three largest exporters of rice.