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Creole Chicken Thighs

Cajun seasoning adds loads of flavor and spice to this easy-to-assemble meal. The slow cooker does the work so you don't have to! —Matthew Laman, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (16 ounces) red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked converted rice (not instant)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3-1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Directions

  • In a 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 6 ingredients and 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning.
  • Sprinkle chicken with remaining Cajun seasoning. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; brown chicken, about 5 minutes per side. Place in slow cooker.
  • Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads at least 170°-175°, 4-5 hours (rice will be saucy).
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Uncle Ben's original converted rice.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 394 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 802mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 31g protein.

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  • mrs._white
    Oct 18, 2016

    Good recipe! My family loved it! I added kielbasa to it as well. I also left out the rice until halfway through cooking and it wasn't mushy at all.

  • EJ3746
    Apr 6, 2016

    The chicken turned out well, tasty and moist, but everything else was like what many other reviewers said - mush. Like mushier than risotto mush. I don't know if it's because of the chicken broth to rice ratio but I feel like so much food was wasted in the end due to the rice being far, far too overdone. I won't be making this again.

  • kopcat
    May 18, 2015

    Good flavor, tender chicken, but rice way too mushy even though I cooked it for only 6 hours. Since it doesn't take long to cook the chicken thighs, I'll try it again but check after 3 hours for rice texture and meat tenderness. Otherwise, I'll bake it in the oven for a few hours and I'm sure it would be even better.

  • CowpokeBob
    Apr 4, 2015

    I have made this several times now and it is always a hit with the family. I only use 1 tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning in the slow cooker though as my wife cannot tolerate anything too spicy. I've tried using brown rice and either brown or white works well. As noted by others this recipe makes a lot so unless you don't mind leftovers you may want to reduce the recipe some.

  • ahmom
    Oct 28, 2013

    This was ok

  • sheptaste
    Feb 12, 2013

    Delicious!! Hubby loved it!! I only used 1/2 the rice and chicken broth since only 2 of us and it still made a huge amout. Will definately make it again.

  • Serene Creation
    Nov 10, 2012

    No comment left

  • PTuttle
    Jun 22, 2012

    I followed the recipe almost exactly as written except that I used lower sodium chicken broth and beans, thinking that the large amount of creole seasoning would make up for the lack of salt. So, it might be partly my fault that it was lacking in flavor. I cooked it for about 7 and 1/2 hours and the rice was mushy and the chicken thighs were dry. If you make this, I would start checking for doneness at around 6 hours. Maybe regular rice would work since the converted rice cooked too fast. My husband looked at the recipe while I was preparing it and commented that it was missing two ingredients from the "holy trinity" of creole cooking -- celery and onion. Adding either one, or both, of these would improve the flavor. (By the way, the third element is green bell pepper.) Adding some sliced pre-cooked andouille or other garlic flavored sausage might be good too. But the overcooked rice is a MAJOR issue. Good luck with that. I'm going back to cooking my chicken and rice dishes on top of the stove.

  • ferretmama
    Mar 16, 2012

    Had this last night. The rice was overcooked for our taste -- next time I think I'll try brown rice. We also had to add a little extra seasoning as it didn't have quite enough "zing" as my husband says. The chicken was wonderful -- excellent flavor and very moist.

  • douglasw6280
    Feb 27, 2012

    Very good but the rice was not as good as I would have hoped.