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No salads today. Happy New Year! Make this 30 minute healthy kickin’ cajun chicken and rice recipe tonight to celebrate!
Not that I do not love salads, because I do! I have one coming your way, but just not today. I hope you do not mind, but I thought I would ease you guys into January with Gerard family healthy comfort food.
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Chicken and rice. It is honestly more comforting to me than a lot of really cheesy, heavy dishes. It’s just what I grew up on, so I think I can come up with probably like a million different ideas involving chicken and rice.
Anyway, I was this close (as I pinch my fingers together like you can actually see me or something) to posting a salad today, but then I stopped myself. I figured probably everyone and then some would be posting salads today. It is January second and everyone knows the diets start today.
Personally, I do not diet – exercise, moderation and healthy lifestyle changes are more my style. Therefore, my New Year’s goal is simply to create a killer year of food for you guys. A year that includes one delicious recipe after the next. I hope that many will be healthy and delicious, and that others are super indulgent and over the top, because let’s be honest, you know I love those. But mainly, I hope most will be colorful, homemade, simple and easy meals that you guys will all want to create. Meals that you will enjoy making and that will be even more enjoyable to eat.
I am not a New Year’s resolution person at all, but I love setting goals and my number one goal this year – create amazing recipes!
Number two goal?
Well, this one goes right along with number one. Create amazing recipes – with photos that do each recipe justice. Both goals are challenging in their own way, but I do seem to love to stress myself out. I guess it is just what I do.
Since we are on the topic of recipes and goals, what are your goals for 2014. The one thing you hope to achieve, or at least improve on? Really, we always talk about me and my weird, totally untraditional family. So let’s get to know each other a little, I would love to know a little more about you guys!
And I mean please tell me, what are some of your favorite foods, cooking methods and recipes? Anything you would like to see me cook in this new year?
Well for now, we are talking chicken and rice.
Don’t go getting all bored on me yet, chicken and rice doesn’t have to be boring. This chicken and rice is spiced up, stir fried, cajun chicken and veggies tossed together with a mix of basmati and wild rice.
If you are trying to go completely whole grain just use all wild rice, but my family has a serious soft spot for basmati. It is our favorite.
It is super simple and super quick, but I am coming to realize that not every meal needs to be complex and over the top. It is still a hard thing for me to grasp since I really love a variety of textures, colors and flavors, but like everyone always says, often simple is really all you need.
Especially when life is crazy busy and it is back to work and the real world after two weeks of pure holiday awesomeness.
Ugh. The real world? Yikes.
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Let’s just dive into these bowls before we start to think about that. K? Awesome.
This was super tasty and easy to make. For my family, this was more like 6 servings.
@Teigan – does this recipe freeze well?
Happy Wednesday!! ❄️ I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! I would freeze without the rice:) xT
Swapped out chicken for hot Italian sausage and shrimp but followed everything else. It was so freakn good!!!
Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback! Love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan
Hi! First off I love basically all your recipes and they are so esthetically pleasing! I’ve made this so many times and I love it. I was thinking of trying it in the crockpot with chicken thighs so I can have an easy freezer meal on hand what do you think? Just wondering if you Have you tried that? Should it cook 3-4 hours on low? Thank you!
I have not tried that, but I would do 6-7 hours on low. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
I LOVE your recipes and found this one by accident while looking for another one of your recipes that was on a video from your site but didn’t mention the recipe for the video.
I am obsessed with my instant pot and was wondering if this could be adapted to it and if you have tried it?
You are a beautiful person and have a great website with awesome pictures to boot!!
Thanks, Tieghan, and hope your week is going well.
Hey Susan!! Try cooking the chicken and rice together on high pressure for 12 minutes. I have not personally tested this so I can say for sure the result, but this is where I would start!! 🙂 Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan
I’ve made this recipe for years and we love it so much.
I’m considering making this for a big group of people this week, but I’d have to make it in the morning for the get together in the evening. What would be the best way to reheat the whole dish?
In the Dutch Oven or a disposable pan and then in the oven? Stick it in the crockpot and reheat it? Something else?
Hey Emily! I would reheat in the Dutch oven over medium heat. That should work well! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am so glad you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan
Just made this recipe. It was quite delicious, but 1/2 teaspoon cayenne is far too much in my opinion. I used 1/4 and it’s still pretty hot. We’re a household that likes heat, but this was kickin. I also only used 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce as it seemed salty enough. Overall, good recipe!
Thank you Amber! I am glad you liked this! xTieghan
Thank you SO much for this recipe! My husband was craving something specific like this and I didn’t have any “go to” recipes for it. Will definitely make again!! Xoxo
Thank you so much Amanda! xTieghan
I burned the rice so I ended up using the chicken filling in burritos. It was good that way too.
So glad you still loved this! Thank you! xTieghan
Found this recipe in the archives. Just made it last night. Yum! Just yum! Hubby loves it too.
I am so glad you and your husband enjoyed this Diana! Thank you!
I have been making this recipe for a few years now and it NEVER gets old. Highly recommend!
Thank you Brooke!
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This tastes great! However I think next time I make it I’ll only put 1tbsp of soy sauce (2 was too watery) and use grape tomatoes cut in half rather than can diced tomatoes.
The spices are perfect, and garnishing with parsley makes all the flavor pop!
that sounds perfect! So happy you like it!
I just made this for dinner and all I can say is WOW! I added potatoes and broccoli to it. So full of flavor! This one will go into the recipe box for future dinners.
YAY! So happy you liked the chicken!! Thanks Danielle!