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Creole Chicken Thighs Recipe

Creole Chicken Thighs Recipe

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 YIELD:8 servings


  • 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


  • 1. In a 6-qt. slow cooker, combine first six ingredients and 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads at least 170°-175°, 4-5 hours (rice will be saucy). Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Uncle Ben's original converted rice.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 7182927 255569
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8825985 246650
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7808807 226540
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6210496 224148
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3426126 191204
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"This was ok"

sheptaste User ID: 2890440 120723
Reviewed 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."

PTuttle User ID: 3628184 130430
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5740430 192545
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1625854 192544
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

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

Steponme User ID: 5923750 175182
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"My rice was overcooked and it was way too much (1 cup of rice probably would've been better). The first hour I had the crockpot on high and I turned it down to low for the next 5-6 hours. Aside from the rice being overcooked, the rice & beans were still tasty, however, the chicken was flavorless and that is why I will not cook this again."

meiti User ID: 1790908 189066
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2012

"Also made it with breasts. Meat was very tender. Just right with the seasonings."

JIR1108 User ID: 6195304 189064
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"Loved it! It was a little spicy next time I think I'll use a little less creole spice. Either way I'd make it again. Very good."

sherian_3 User ID: 2086697 120721
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"I don't like chicken thighs so I used breast. Very good"

CookingforCox User ID: 6476345 148008
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"I do this all the time, but have never tried it in the crock pot. That is a wonderful Idea for Sunday's after church. It would be ready when you got home. Thanks"

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