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Creole Skillet Dinner

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 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


  • 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 until rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, saute the next 7 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.
  • In another skillet, cook and stir chicken in lemon juice over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add to rice mixture; toss. Top with almonds.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 491 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 1131mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • Beth
    May 11, 2020

    This is the first time I have ever written a review for anything. I use Taste of Home frequently. This recipe was very bad. It was A LOT of WORK, very time consuming, and NO flavor. I was skeptical and should have used my own judgment regarding the heat in the "creole" recipe. To those who want to try this recipe. be aware there is almost no flavoring for something called creole.

  • tohusername
    May 22, 2019

    Love it!

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 25, 2017

    I've fixed this and everyone loves it. I also have substituted other meats with the same tasty results!!!

  • lshaw
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Oct 9, 2009

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

  • rduckworth
    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.

  • amy winn
    Jan 9, 2008

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