I am a real fan of spicy food and this Slow Cooker Spicy Creole Chicken and Rice is easy to make and you can make it as hot and spicy or as mild as you want. This dish is spicy and you may want to use less peppers to make it milder. I served it over rice with a vegetable.
You can use any brand of rice that your family enjoys. We really like Jasmine rice that is grown in Thailand. Jasmine rice is long grain rice with a lightly scented fragrance and a slightly nutty flavor. It is very white and fluffy when it is cooked because it is not as starchy as other rice. It is available in most grocery stores and Asian markets. One cup jasmine rice equals about three cups of cooked rice.
Slow Cooker Spicy Creole Chicken and Rice
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Creole-style seasoning to taste (seasoning recipe below)
1 (14.5 ounce) can tomatoes with liquid
1 stalk celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, canned or fresh seeded and diced
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic power all over the chicken.
Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle about 2/3 of the Creole seasoning over the top of the chicken breasts. (You can use less or more seasoning depending on how spicy you want the dish.)
In a medium bowl, add tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, garlic, onion, and jalapeno pepper.
Mix together and add to the slow cooker like a Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker.
Cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours, or on High for 5 to 6 hours.
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teasspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix until blended. Store in an airtight container.
Adjust the peppers and cayenne pepper to make in the Creole seasoning to make the sauce milder.
You can double the recipe and use the seasoning in many different dishes where you want a spicy taste of Creole like a rub for grilled pork chops, Creole potatoes, baked chicken, catfish, red snapper, hamburgers. Store leftover Creole seasoning in an air-tight container to use later.
Be sure and rinse your rice until the water runs clear before you cook it. Rinsing the rice reduces the starch and it is not as sticky.