Easy Skillet Cajun Chicken and Rice

Today I share with you an easy skillet chicken and rice recipe. This was inspired from one of Tieghan Gerard’s recipes. You can find her recipe here. I have tweaked the recipe a bit.

I find this recipe so simple and easy to put together, tastes so good and uses ingredients that you already probably have in the fridge and pantry. The combination of the rice and spaghetti does add in that different element to the texture of the dish. And frying them a bit adds a lovely nutty flavour. The cajun coated chicken, seared is absolutely gorgeous in flavour and a treat to the eyes as well.

Let’s get to the recipe



Chicken thighs – 1kg

Cajun Seasoning – enough to coat the chicken

1 Lemon sliced

Broken Spaghetti – 3/4 cup

Rice – 2 cups

1 red onion – chopped fine

Frozen veggies – A combination of peas, green beans and broccoli, approximately 1.5 cups

Chicken stock – 4 cups

Butter – 30gms

Garlic cloves – chopped fine

Smoked Paprika – 1 tsp

Salt and Pepper


  1. Marinade the chicken with Cajun seasoning, a little salt and oil. set aside for 15 -20mins.
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet and sear both sides of the chicken pieces for about 5 mins till they are a beautiful golden brown colour. At the end of that add the butter and add in the sliced lemon allowing the lemon to caramelize in colour. Once done remove and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, fry the garlic and onions, then add in the broken spaghetti and rice, allow to fry for a couple of minutes. Add in the smoked paprika and stir through.
  4. Then add in veggies, which has been placed in the microwave for about 3-4 mins allowing it to thaw and par boil for a bit.
  5. Then add in the chicken stock. Check for salt, add in salt and pepper according to taste.
  6. Add in the chicken and lemon slice.
  7. Place in a preheated oven at 180 degC with the skillet covered for about 15 mins or until the rice and chicken are cooked through.
  8. Once done, take out the lemon slices and discard them and serve hot.


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  1. Wow! The Cajun chicken and rice look great. It even sounds good now – for breakfast.😊 I like the idea of adding a little broken pasta to the rice mix. Chicken and rice meals are favorites of mine; I will save the recipe. Manu, thanks for sharing! πŸ’—πŸ’πŸŒΊ

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    1. I did think of you when I was writing it down to post it. I know that you love chicken and rice dishes.
      Thank you Jeanne and hope you come to enjoy this one when you make it.

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  2. Hello Manu, I’m catching up on reading & responding to posts (starting tomorrow), but I couldn’t resist commenting on this one. This looks like a picture from a Martha Stewart magazine on cooking and home essentials. Amazing! You are truly blessed in this field of cooking. I think I will try this next week.

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  3. Hi Manu, I am having problems with our slow internet but did want you to know I tried watching your recommended gentleman from my last post. It wouldn’t stream. Funny that he was about kindness and my internet is being unkind! Hope you are having a happy Sunday 😊

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