The One Pot Cajun Chicken & Rice Recipe You Can’t Live Without
One pot meals are a great way to make dinner fast and easy. They’re also perfect for people who don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
When you make a one pot meal, everything is cooked in one large pan, which means less cleanup and fewer dishes to wash. Plus, these dishes tend to be healthier than other methods of cooking because you don’t have multiple pots or pans heating up your kitchen.
What is One Pot Meal
One-pot meals are super easy to make and clean up, making them perfect for busy people. They’re also great for people on a diet because you use fewer dishes and less cleanup time, leaving more time for exercise. If you’re cooking for one person in particular, it’s likely that they only have one dish to wash!
Cajun Chicken and Rice
This dish is super easy to make and will take you less than thirty minutes. It’s a one-pot meal that is packed with flavor and protein, making it a perfect weeknight dinner option.
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound) cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed into a paste
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika (I use smoked paprika for some smokiness)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional if you don’t like spicy food)
In a small bowl, combine the following ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Mix well until combined. Place your seasoned chicken in the bottom of your pot with all the vegetables on top. Pour in 6 cups water and stir it all up so that everything is mixed together evenly. Then add 3 tablespoons cajun seasoning to taste! I recommend starting out with only about half at first though because sometimes brands vary in how spicy they are compared to others! Once mixed together well cover with lid set heat to high until boiling then turn heat down low simmering until cooked through completely which should take about 30 minutes depending on how thick your chicken is sliced up – check internal temp using thermometer inserted into thickest part without touching bone so it doesn’t skew results!
- You can also add shrimp or sausage to this recipe.
- Use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast if you like.
- You can use brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice. Brown rice will take longer to cook, so make sure it’s done before adding your greens and sauce. Quinoa will cook faster than brown rice, but the flavor might not be as good for this particular dish (you could always try it though!).
- To cook quinoa according to package directions, first rinse 1 cup uncooked quinoa under cold water until the water runs clear; drain well, then combine with 2 cups boiling water in a large saucepan; cover loosely and simmer over medium-low heat until tender and translucent (about 15 minutes). Fluff with fork before serving. If using brown rice, increase your cooking time by about 30 minutes. If using quinoa, decrease cooking time by about 20 minutes. If making ahead of time: keep warm in an oven set at 170 degrees Fahrenheit until ready to serve. You can also use vegetable broth instead of water or stock if desired.
You can add more vegetables to the dish if you want. You can use any meat you want, or even a vegetarian protein such as tofu. And you can use any rice or grain that will cook in one pot with this Cajun chicken recipe!
The spices are also up to your preferences and pantry contents; try some paprika, oregano, and thyme for a touch of Italian flavor in your chicken (and don’t forget about garlic!). Want more heat? Add some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. Want something sweeter? Use brown sugar instead of white sugar—it pairs beautifully with the smoky cajun flavors.
That’s it! The recipe is now complete and ready for you to try. I hope this has been helpful for you, and that you enjoy making your own One Pot Cajun Chicken & Rice at home. Thanks for reading!