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Cajun Chicken and Rice (Easy One-Pan Recipe!)

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This Cajun Chicken and Rice recipe is easy, satisfying, and perfect for busy weeknights! It is a one-pan meal that everyone in the family will love. Learn how to make homemade spicy chicken and rice with this simple skillet recipe.

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You are going to love this hearty, Louisiana-style dish made with juicy chicken, fresh vegetables, and rice. It is perfectly seasoned and bursting with piquant Cajun flavor, but is so easy to make. Best of all, everything gets cooked together in one pan. That means minimal cleanup is required to prepare this quick, flavor-packed meal. ♡

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How to Make Cajun Chicken and Rice

As always, the full instructions are listed in the recipe below. But here are a few notes about each of the steps we will take to make this recipe:

  1. Sauté the chicken: Cook the chicken in a bit of oil and butter and then set it aside. 
  2. Cook the veggies: Sauté a vegetable medley of chopped onion, celery, and bell pepper. These three vegetables are collectively known as “the holy trinity of Cajun cuisine”, as they provide the flavor base for the dish.
  3. Add the spices: Next, a blend of Cajun spices is added and lightly cooked until fragrant. Gently cooking the spices allows them to open up and release their aromas.
  4. Add the rice & broth: Stir in the rice and broth. Leave everything alone to cook, until most of the liquid is absorbed by the rice.
  5. Return the chicken: Add back the chicken to the pan and let it sit for a few minutes to warm though. Dinner is served!

That’s it! This is truly a fast, easy Cajun chicken dinner recipe that is absolutely packed with flavor. 🙂

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Where to Get the Best Chicken

I highly recommend only purchasing organic, humanely-raised chicken, because it is more healthy and ethical than factory-farmed meat. For the highest-quality organic chicken and other meats, I highly recommend using ButcherBox.

ButcherBox is a popular organic meat delivery service that delivers hormone-free and antibiotic-free cuts directly to your doorstep. Their meat selection includes free-range chicken, 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, heritage breed pork, wild and sustainably-harvested seafood, and more.

If you want to learn more about ButcherBox and other top-notch meat delivery companies, I wrote an article called: The Best Healthy & Organic Meat Delivery Services. In that article, I review and discuss a bunch of online organic meat delivery services (including ButcherBox) that send healthy meat straight to your front door.

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More Chicken and Rice Recipes

Looking for more chicken and rice inspiration? Here are a some of my favorite recipes on the blog:

If you make this One-Pan Cajun Chicken and Rice recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡

Cajun Chicken and Rice (Easy One-Pan Recipe!)

Close-up overhead view of a bowl of Cajun Chicken and Rice on a beige background.
This Cajun Chicken and Rice recipe makes a perfect weeknight dinner. Learn how to make spicy chicken and rice on the stovetop with this easy, one-pan recipe.
Alia Kay
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 4 servings
Calories 412 calories

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large pot or frying pan with a tight-fitting lid, heat the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. Add the chicken and season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set it aside.
  • Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the pot. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper. Sauté for 4-5 minutes until softened.
  • Add the garlic, paprika, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in the rice and broth. Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid.
  • Return the chicken to the pan. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes, until all of the liquid has been absorbed into the rice and chicken has warmed through.
  • Serve warm, garnished with cilantro if using.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cajun Chicken and Rice (Easy One-Pan Recipe!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
412
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
88
mg
29
%
Sodium
 
675
mg
29
%
Potassium
 
640
mg
18
%
Carbohydrates
 
44
g
15
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
28
g
56
%
Vitamin A
 
1241
IU
25
%
Vitamin C
 
28
mg
34
%
Calcium
 
43
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

  1. If you can, I highly recommend using organic chicken and grass-fed butter in this recipe for maximum health benefits.
  2. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
Keyword Cajun Chicken and Rice, Chicken and Rice, Spicy Chicken and Rice

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