Looking for a dish that's both comforting and bursting with flavor? Look no further than Cajun Chicken and Rice Casserole. This recipe is perfect for home cooks, Cajun food enthusiasts, and busy parents who want to serve a delicious, hearty meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Originating from Louisiana, this casserole combines the bold, spicy flavors of Cajun cuisine with the convenience of a one-pan dish.

Cajun Chicken and Rice Casserole

Ingredients List

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chicken:
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cubed
  • Vegetables:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Rice:
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice (or brown rice for a healthier option)
  • Broth:
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Seasonings:
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning (store-bought or homemade)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional Add-ins:
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (for topping)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Cajun seasoning mix (if making it from scratch)

  • Combine the following ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Step 2: Sauté the chicken and vegetables

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a large skillet or pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the cubed chicken and season with half of the Cajun seasoning mix. Cook until browned on all sides.
  • Remove the chicken and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add the chopped onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are soft and fragrant.

Step 3: Combine ingredients in the casserole dish

  • Add the rice to the skillet with the vegetables and stir to coat the grains.
  • Pour in the chicken broth, and add the remaining Cajun seasoning and any optional add-ins (like diced tomatoes or frozen peas).
  • Transfer the mixture to a greased casserole dish and spread it out evenly.
  • Place the browned chicken on top of the rice mixture.

Step 4: Bake the casserole

  • Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the chicken is tender.
  • If using shredded cheese, remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking, sprinkle the cheese on top, and bake until melted and bubbly.

Tips and Tricks

Rice Selection and Cooking Times

  • White Rice: Standard cooking time as mentioned above.
  • Brown Rice: Extend baking time to 45-50 minutes and increase broth to 2 1/2 cups.

Adjusting Spice Levels

  • Increase cayenne pepper in the Cajun seasoning for extra heat.
  • Add hot sauce or sliced jalapeños to the vegetable sauté for a spicier kick.

Make-Ahead and Freezing Tips

  • Make-Ahead: Assemble the casserole as directed, cover, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking.
  • Freezing: Assemble the casserole, cover tightly, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before baking.

Serving Suggestions

Elevate your Cajun Chicken and Rice Casserole with these serving ideas:

  • Sides:
  • Cornbread
  • Coleslaw
  • Steamed green beans
  • Accompaniments:
  • A dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Freshly chopped parsley or green onions for garnish
  • Presentation Tips:
  • Use a colorful casserole dish to make the dish visually appealing.
  • Serve directly from the dish at the table for a family-style meal.


Cajun Chicken and Rice Casserole is a simple yet delicious meal that brings the vibrant flavors of Cajun cuisine to your table. Whether you're a seasoned home cook or a busy parent looking for an easy dinner solution, this recipe is sure to become a favorite. Give it a try and don't forget to share your culinary masterpiece with us!

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