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One Pan Cajun Chicken and Rice
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5 from 3 votes

One Pan Cajun Chicken and Rice

One pan Cajun chicken and rice is big on flavor. Loaded with peppers onions garlic and rice and tasty Cajun chicken it is sure to satisfy the entire family.
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Cajun
Calories: 510kcal


  • 1 Pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil Divided
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 Medium Red Pepper
  • 1 Cup White Rice I used Basmati
  • 1 1/4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cloves Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Bay Leaf


  • Place chicken thighs in a bowl and coat with about a Tablespoon of Avocado Oil. Add Cajun Seasoning and toss to coat well.
  • Preheat skillet on medium high heat. Add about a Tablespoon of oil to skillet. Adjust heat until oil is just starting to smoke. We want the pan hot to get a good sear and build flavor.
  • Add chicken to pan and sear about 3 to 5 minutes per side until a nice sear and color is formed.
  • While chicken is searing cut peppers and onions into 1 inch pieces.
  • Once chicken is seared remove and set aside. Add the peppers and onions to the skillet. Sauté until they are softened and are staring to get some color. This takes about 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Rinse one cup of rice to remove some starch. This is not mandatory but I like to do it until the water runs clear.
  • Once peppers and onions have been sautéed add the rice to the pan and toast for 1-2 minutes. Stir pan mixture to combine everything. Make a little circle in the center of the rice so we can sauté the garlic. Add a touch of oil if needed.
  • Once the garlic is fragrant add tomato paste and broth. Stir to combine everything. Add the chicken back to the pan. Do not push the chicken down to completely submerge. We want to keep the top of the chicken showing.
  • Lower the heat to a medium low simmer and cover. Cook on a simmer about 18 to 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked through.
  • Serves 2 to 3.


Calories: 510kcal