One Pot Cajun Dinner

One Pot Cajun Dinner

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This One Pot Cajun Dinner is a blend of the regions most famous flavors all in one weeknight friendly package

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About 8 years ago I made a Jambalaya recipe that was simply amazing! And of course, when I wanted to make it again, I could not locate the recipe anywhere, I searched old laptops, recipes boxes (yes I still have those), notebooks, everywhere!

I have been trying to recreate the recipe ever since, unfortunately without much success. Since I’m not a quitter, I decided to switch gears and create a one-pot Louisiana inspired recipe, out came this One Pot Cajun Dinner. This dish is weeknight and budget friendly, great for a busy family with a hearty appetite!

One of the hardest elements when creating this One Pot Cajun Dinner (literally over the last 8 years) was getting the perfect amount of liquid to rice ratio, to where the rice cooks nicely, and isn’t crunchy or mushy. When I finally nailed the ratio I literally did a happy dance in my kitchen, my whole family thought I was nuts, they just don’t get it! haha

Ingredients:

Sausage: I used Kielbasa, mostly because Lulu is getting sensitive to spice. But Andoille would make this dish a little more traditional. Use whatever your family enjoys best.

Chicken Breast: Dice the chicken into super small bite sized pieces for quick cooking

Kidney Beans: I used these to try to incorporate a “Red Beans and Rice” element. These are totally optional if you or your family don’t enjoy beans, but they do add a nice bulk to the meal

Onion and Green Pepper: These elements are always included in Cajun cooking, and also usually celery. If you have some on hand, feel free to add it!

Tomato Sauce: Any brand will do. I used two 8oz cans, if you opt for one 15oz can, add a smidge more water when cooking

Cajun Seasoning: Any store bought blend, but please make sure to watch for additives and make sure it is purely a spice blend and does not include any fillers

Dill: This is the herb that took my first Jambalaya recipe over the top! And it does the same for this dish

Bay Leaf: Any kind of tomato based recipe I create, that is simmered for a long time, will almost always have a bay leaf. It adds a nicely earthy element.

The process could not be any simpler! Honestly guys, when I was writing up the recipe card I was almost chuckling trying to think of ways I could add some verbage so it wasn’t so plain! But that’s the beauty of this One Pot Cajun Dinner.

  1. Brown Meat
  2. Saute and soften vegetables
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the pot, bring a a boil
  4. Simmer 25-30 minutes

Told ya!!

As always, I love following along with all of you making my recipes so make sure to tag #maggiesfreshkitchen on social so I don’t miss any!

Still have questions? Feel free to comment below or email me at maggie@maggiesfreshkitchen.com

Love you guys,

Maggie XOXO

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One Pot Cajun Dinner

One Pot Cajun Dinner

Yields6 ServingsDifficultyBeginner

Prep Time5 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time45 mins

Ingredients

 12 oz Kielbasa or Andouille sausage - sliced into rings
 1 chicken breast - diced
 1 tbsp olive oil
 15 oz kidney beans - drained and rinsed
 1 onion - diced
 1 green pepper - diced
 16 oz tomato sauce - 2 small 8oz cans
 1 ½ cups dry white rice
 2 cups water
 1 ½ tsp cajun seasoning
 1 tsp dried dill
 1 bay leaf
 salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1

In a large dutch oven or heavy bottom pot, heat olive oil until shimmering hot. Add sliced sausage and diced chicken. Cook until well browned and chicken is cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside

2

Add onion, pepper, Cajun seasoning, dill, salt and pepper and saute until soft. Return chicken and sausage to pot, along with beans, tomato sauce, rice, water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil

3

Cover and reduce to a simmer for 25-30 minutes. Add salt and pepper as needed and serve

Ingredients

 12 oz Kielbasa or Andouille sausage - sliced into rings
 1 chicken breast - diced
 1 tbsp olive oil
 15 oz kidney beans - drained and rinsed
 1 onion - diced
 1 green pepper - diced
 16 oz tomato sauce - 2 small 8oz cans
 1 ½ cups dry white rice
 2 cups water
 1 ½ tsp cajun seasoning
 1 tsp dried dill
 1 bay leaf
 salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1

In a large dutch oven or heavy bottom pot, heat olive oil until shimmering hot. Add sliced sausage and diced chicken. Cook until well browned and chicken is cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside

2

Add onion, pepper, Cajun seasoning, dill, salt and pepper and saute until soft. Return chicken and sausage to pot, along with beans, tomato sauce, rice, water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil

3

Cover and reduce to a simmer for 25-30 minutes. Add salt and pepper as needed and serve

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