Chicken Creole

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Nov. 30, 2023
I like food that has a little zip to it, and this Creole chicken recipe hits the spot every time. It’s especially good served over rice. —Dolly Hall, Wheelwright, Kentucky


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat large cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in oil; remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute onion, celery, green pepper and garlic until tender. Stir in tomatoes, water, paprika, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Return chicken to skillet. Whisk cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into chicken mixture and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until chicken is tender, 10-15 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. If desired, serve with rice.
Chicken Creole Tips

How can you make chicken Creole your own?

You can make chicken Creole your own by adding other seasonings (try Creole seasoning or red pepper flakes) and herbs (think basil, thyme or oregano). For from-the-sea fare, substitute peeled and deveined shrimp for the chicken.

What can you serve with chicken Creole?

Hot cooked rice is the perfect thing to serve with chicken Creole. But it also pairs well with buttermilk cornbread, slow-cooker grits or a crunchy tossed salad. And don’t forget the beignets for dessert!

How should you store leftovers of this chicken Creole recipe?

Store leftovers of this chicken Creole recipe (if there are any!) in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 265 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 553mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 vegetable.