Creole Skillet Dinner Recipe
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Creole Skillet Dinner Recipe

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While living in Canada, I sampled this colorful dish at a neighbor's. The following Christmas, I served it instead of my traditional turkey, and I received numerous compliments on it. I frequently substitute shrimp or sausage for the chicken...or add all three. -Bonnie Brann, Pasco, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 491 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 1131mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, bring the broth, rice, onion, 1 teaspoon garlic, chili powder, salt, turmeric, pepper and bay leaf to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Discard bay leaf.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, saute the next seven ingredients and remaining garlic in butter for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook until peppers are crisp-tender. Add tomato and peas; heat through. Remove from the heat. Add rice; keep warm.
  3. In a skillet, cook and stir chicken in lemon juice over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add to rice mixture; toss. Top with almonds. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Creole Skillet Dinner in Taste of Home February/March 1996, p25

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 256699
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2016

"Long list of ingredients, but easy and always reliable. I usually add some sliced andouille sausage for additional flavor complexity, but it's certainly not necessary. Make it as hot or as mild as you wish! Flavorful and colorful as well, so it makes an attractive and inviting presentation! Have used this recipe for years!"

NikNwo11 User ID: 8054203 252903
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

"Yum yum yum! All adults loved it and even my 1yo son ate it (chopped up :)). Despite the long ingredients list, it really is a snap to put together and took me about 45 minutes, start to finish. Will absolutely make it again!"

HeatherD35 User ID: 4970660 9118
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"This was very good. I used brown rice, so it took longer to cook. My husband says that this recipe is a keeper."

Aevra User ID: 6133877 5182
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"Made this dinner last night for the family. It was so simple even with the long ingredient list. It's also very versatile so you can tweak it to your families tastes."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 9139
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"I think it looks awesome and would love to try it."

rduckworth User ID: 2502241 9116
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"This was so delicious. I forgot the hot sauce but the ones who really wanted it sprinkled it on. I will make this again."

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