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New Orleans-Style Chicken

This hearty one-dish meal from Jason Bagley of Kennewick, Washington is loaded with tender chunks of chicken, colorful veggies , beans and rice. "This healthy dish is a favorite of mine," Jason notes.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3/4 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) red beans and rice mix
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/3 cup shredded Asiago cheese


  • In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown chicken in 1 teaspoon oil; remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute the carrots, mushrooms, onion and peppers in remaining oil for 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Add water; bring to a boil. Stir in the beans, rice mix and chicken; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  • Stir in tomatoes; heat through. Just before serving, sprinkle with cheese.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was prepared with Zatarain's New Orleans-style red beans and rice.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 381 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 891mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 9g fiber), 30g protein.
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  • PrplMonky5
    Mar 31, 2018

    This was a pretty good meal. VERY filling, I feel like it's great as a winter meal. The preparation took me a long time, so next go 'round I'll cut the peppers, onion, and carrots well beforehand. For the carrots, I used baby carrots, which I sliced, then cut each slice into tiny pieces. Once I got everything in the pan, the ingredients were all the way up to the top. Next time I think I'll transfer it all to a large pot and cook it there. It definitely makes at least 6 servings. There were lots of leftovers. I rated it a 4-star because of the large amount of time it took to prepare and also I felt like there was something missing (not sure what). Next time I'll do as another suggested and use chicken broth instead of water. I also like the idea of adding corn.

  • valleygirl89
    May 2, 2014

    Very, very good. I have a few people in my that don't like peppers, however, so I switched out the peppers for a can of whole kernel corn. I didn't cook the corn quite as long as the carrots. I just added them in on the last 5 minutes of sauting. Turned out great. This is deffinately a keeper.

  • nhmary
    Mar 4, 2014

    This is absolutely delicious! A stand-by-itself meal with just the right amount of Cajun kick!I served it in a soup bowl, as it's like a stew, accompanied by a hurricane in celebration of Fat Tuesday. Excellent recipe that I will most definitely make repeatedly !I made 3 small changes:1) tossed the cubed chicken breast in Cajun seasoning before browning2) added 1 lb of precooked andouille sausage cut into cubes and browned with the chicken3) used chicken broth rather than waterDelectable!

  • Owiecat
    Mar 28, 2013

    My husband I like to vist LA during Mardi Gras season, but didn't make it there this year. I wanted to make a NOLA style dish for celebrating Mardi Gras at home and came apon this recipe. I add a pound of Andouille Sausage (slliced). I bought the minute rice by accident, so I reduced the water (which by the way cut down on the cooking time).My family went crazy for this dish. Unlike the traditional Jambalya, this is a healthy dish. I have made it many times since Mardi Gras and my family enjoys it every time.

  • MarlaB
    Mar 1, 2012

    We made this for Fat Tuesday! Just delicious~left out the mushrooms because of my son-in-law's dislike and we added shrimp! So good-everyone loved it!

  • LovelysNerd
    Feb 20, 2012

    This was one of the first recipes I tried from the Taste of Home Cookbook and it was so delicious.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 9, 2012

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  • administrator
    Feb 9, 2012

    Usually when I try a recipe for the first time, I'll make notes for adjustments to it for the next try. This recipe needs no adjustment, it's savory and delicious as it is.The leftovers will probably be really killer good tomorrow! Good noms.

  • sadiew
    Mar 8, 2011

    I made this last night to get a jump start on mardi gras. Very tasty and a crowd pleaser. I did add cajun andouille sausage and some hot spices and didn't see any reason to drain the tomatoes. I thought the extra liquid was good for it. Thanks for the recipe

  • GailDH
    Mar 6, 2011

    I fixed this for a MardiGras party we went to today. It was a hit.