Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Kicked-up Cajun Chicken & Rice

My mom loves to try all my new recipes, but she's always surprised by how much spice and heat tends to accompany our dishes (we often add more spice than I include in the posted recipes). We love spicy food!

It's amazing how a little spice can transform an ordinary dish into an extraordinary dining experience. And that spice is the difference maker in this Kicked-up Cajun Chicken & Rice.

1 cup uncooked rice
2 cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
Cajun seasoning
Heath's Blends Southwest Sizzler seasoning
Olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 Roma tomato, diced
2-3 green onions, diced
1 (10-oz) can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles


  1. Prepare the rice by placing the rice, chicken broth, and salt and pepper in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat and set aside to allow the rice to finish soaking up the liquid.
  2. Season the chicken with both the Cajun seasoning and the Southwest Sizzler blend (If you can't handle as much heat, choose one or the other, but the combination is great!).
  3. In a large pan, cook the chicken in olive oil over medium-high heat. When the chicken is cooked through, remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add a little more olive oil to the pan and heat the oil on high. Add the minced garlic and bell peppers and saute until the veggies brown and soften. Add some more Cajun and Southwest Sizzler seasoning. Toward the end of the cooking process add the green onions.
  5. Pour the Ro-Tel tomatoes in with the veggies, and add the diced tomato, chicken, and rice. Stir until well combined.

This is no ordinary chicken and rice. The heat is wonderful without being overbearing, and you can control the heat largely by how much you put in. We use a lot, but it's not so much that our daughters can't handle it, though they do reach for the milk.

It's a fun twist to a classic staple and it's a perfect way to spice up your autumn menu.

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Bri @ All Thats Glittered said...

Looks very yummy! I can't do too spicy, but I'm sure I could tone it down to my liking! :)

Lori said...

Looks like a fast yet tasty dinner, I will have to try this out!

Logan Cantrell said...

This looks so yummy! I am a chicken and starch girl for sure, so this is right up my alley!

ana de jesus said...

It looks so tasty can't wait to make my own veggie version!

Jen K said...

We love spice in our house too! the hotter the better.

Erin Shebish said...

Yum yum! My husband would love this. I feel like all of his favorite recipes are "kicked up."

Cynthia said...

Oh how yummy does this look! I am certainly going to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

StayWithMeonThis said...

Oh this looks so good! I bet it would also be good with some spicy sausage for alittle kick!

Michelle said...

I think my family, with the exception of my hubs, would balk at the extra spice. Luckily, spices are an easy tweak and this looks like a great recipe!

Laura - Eye Candy Creative Studio said...

This looks sooooo good & you know I love a good chicken recipe - will have to give this a try! ;)

Dogvills said...

That looks so tasty! I am always on the look out for ways to serve chicken. I will bookmark this for later.

Kelly Harrold said...

Yum! This looks so yummy and easy to make!

Lexie said...

Oh goodness that looks so good and so simple! We love spicy food as well! We have to tone it down for our 5 year old but she is growing into the spice! :) thanks for sharing! Looks amazing! LifeAsLex

Janet Krugel said...

My husband would love how spice this rice is, but I'm afraid I would have to tone it down for my palette. It looks delicious!

Susannah said...

Oooo... Yum! This sounds really good!!! <3

Living a Fit and Full Life said...

This looks delicious!!! I'd love to make it for dinner!

Lexie Pyfrom said...

omg yes! I definitely want to try this looks so yummy!

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg your rice looks delicious!!!! My hubby hates all things potato so we eat a lot of rice in this house. I will have to give this a try one night!

yanique said...

This meal looks quick and easy and one I can make on busy weeknights

Hodge Podge Moments said...

This looks very yummy! I also love that it contains healthy and fresh ingredients. :)

Stephanie Newman said...

Oh yum!! You're making me hungry!!

Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!!